MOVEMENTS AND ELEMENTS OF COMMUNAL WORSHIP @SGC
Every Sunday the journey of our communal worship flows through four main movements and is made up of many different elements that weave together as one.
Elements that can be found in any of the movements of worship
Scripture (particularly from the Psalms and Gospels)
Spiritual exercises (practices and disciplines, many ancient, of listening to God)
1st Movement: Gathering Together
Welcome and Invitation to gather
Often through music, prayer and spoken word we are gathered together, coming as we are and turning our selves towards God.
Expressing our admiration and love of God for who He is, what He has done and what He is doing.
Confession of Sin and Assurance of Forgiveness
When we confess through Jesus our sin, rebellion and ways we have lived out our brokenness, He is faithful to forgive us, and so we proclaim that forgiveness through Christ over God’s people.
Passing the Peace
Having received the Peace of Christ through forgiveness, we pass the Peace of Christ to those around us
Jesus’s disciples are called to proclaim their participation in His death and resurrection through the sacrament of Baptism
2nd Movement: Uniting at the Table
Receiving and participating in the body and blood of our Lord as a family gathered around the table
Caring and Sharing Offering
Caring for those in financial need as a thankful response to God’s care for us
3rd Movement: The Story We Share
Dedicating a child to God and the commitment of the family and the whole community to support them, raising them in the love, knowledge and community of God.
Blessing the Children and Youth
Blessing them as they go to their areas of discipleship
Testimonies of what God is doing in and through us
Prayers of the People
Lifting our community, city, country and the world to God in prayer
Hearing the passage that is preached on read aloud
Interpreting the scriptures in the community
Responding to God
Responding to how God by His Spirit has challenged and/or encouraged us
Offering ourselves and our resources to God as a thankful response
4th Movement: Scattering into the World
Committing ourselves to live out God’s character, in His strength, by His Spirit, for His Glory
This is often done through music and/or prayer
Information and opportunities for loving God, loving each other, sharing God’s story and showing God’s care.
A blessing over the community as we go into the world living for God’s Kingdom
Time of Fellowship in the Lounge
A continuation of what it means to be a worshipping community