The Shape of Worship 2: The Call to Worship

For Meditation

In every conversation, in every competition, in every relationship, somebody has to make the first move. And in the Call to Worship, we acknowledge week by week that God is the one who always makes the first move. He made the first move in Creation, by bringing all things into being. He made the first move in our personal existence, by forming our bodies in the womb. He makes the first move in salvation, by bringing us out of spiritual death into life. God always makes the first move and always has the first word, and it is always a word of grace. This week we’ll be looking at the Call to Worship, and how it reminds us week by week that God is at the beginning and center of everything. Every week we are called to remember that, to remember this glorious God who is at the beginning of everything. We also remember who we are as the “called out ones,” a people who are called by grace to center our lives again around God and to live for his glory alone.

This week is the second in a summer-long series looking at the historic elements of worship and how these practices shape us for how we live as God’s people every day in the world. You can read more about the series and our worship values HERE.

For Reflection

Psalm 50

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. 

2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.

4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.

Revelation 3:20

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me. 

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