• Worship is a response to God.
• “Worship” is a verb . It’s something you do .
• Gathered worship is a meeting between God and His people .
Calvary Worship Ministry Vision:
“To raise the value and understanding of corporate worship in the minds and hearts of Calvary attenders such that it inspires them to greater attendance, engagement and participation.”
• Gathered worship has content .
Fourfold pattern of gathered worship:
1. The Gathering
2. The Word
3. The Table
4. The Sending
• Worship tells God's story .
• The Lord’s Supper specifically does God’s story.
• Gathered worship is the “ wedding ring ” in our relationship with Christ.
1) Why do you come to church on Sundays? Is it something you look forward to? Why or why not?
2) Worship declares that God is God and we are not. True worship of God displaces all other loyalties in our lives. What area(s) of your life do you need to submit to God?
3) Evaluate your own level of participation in corporate worship. What kinds of things affect (one way or the other) your ability or willingness to engage? How can we inspire and encourage one another to worship?
4) Pastor Dan pointed out that worship is something we do. How do we do it? Is it enough to simply show up and be present? Besides singing, what are other ways we worship corporately? List as many as you can. Which expressions of worship are you most comfortable with? Which new practice(s) might you consider adding to your expression of worship to God?
5) Children are known for wanting favorite stories told over and over again; they never seem to get tired of them. Do you ever get “tired” of God’s story, simply because you’ve heard it many times? What can you do to revive your passion and enthusiasm?
6) What is the value of celebrating the Lord’s Supper weekly, monthly, quarterly, or at some other interval of time? Does frequency matter?
7) Consider the metaphor of gathered worship as the “wedding ring” in our relationship with Christ? How is that meaningful? Does it change your understanding of coporate worship? If so, how?