Gathering of Worship
(A Gathering of Worship for Mission)
Saturdays @ 5:30PM / 1627 Prospect St. Indpls, IN 46203
In the beginning GOD…created the heavens and earth…
We are human beings formed in the image of the Creator with the capacity to love and be loved. Our specific mission is to worship God and be agents of love in the world. While both love and worship take many forms, Romans 12:1 reminds us of the Jesus Way: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship.” We undoubtedly participate in a profound form of worship when we come together as a larger Body. We view our weekend gatherings as a time of celebration, rejuvenation, remembrance, and a consistent porch space to be sustained for God’s Mission of love in the world. This includes:
- Story, Word and Sacrament — Using this space as a focused time to hear how the Story of God & God’s people intersects with the story of our lives today; focusing on remembering and giving thanks (“eucharist”) for the sacrifice that the Word-made-flesh made for us by regular sharing of the Lord’s Supper (which will often include the literal breaking of bread together)
- Rich Simplicity — Worship grounded in the historically orthodox faith and patterns of worship set forth by Christ followers who have gone before us (i.e. liturgy – which literally means, “service”). Tasteful use of technology. Minimal set-up and preparation for the gathering to enable maximum mission and relationship.
- Music & Art — Singing along with the Church throughout history, of today, and throughout the world. The hope of offering forth new songs as God stirs them in the people of our community. Incorporating our photographers, painters, & musicians in meaningful ways.
- Prayer & Spiritual Practices — Something amazing happens when we pray together. In these times of worship, we offer thanks to God, and we also sit and listen for what he has to say to us. We also want our gatherings to be times when people can share their burdens with the larger Body, and to have folks beyond their home group raise them up in prayer.
- Participation – Active engagement rather than performance. That’s why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:26 – “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” When we come together, we should share food, resources, gifts in order to build up the body of Christ (Acts 2:44, 45) = “As the company of the redeemed, we do not belong to ourselves any more; we belong to God and therefore to God’s community.” – Simpson
- Indigenous Forms — Speaking the language and idioms – the look, feel, and sound – of the city into which God has placed us. Moreover, when we gather, these times should be a mirror of the daily life of our local community.
- Children and teens — Incorporating (rather than segregating) our young ones as much as possible into the worship practices of the larger community. Separation may sometimes be necessary (toddlers, teaching time for elementary age kids), but the goal should be as much inclusion as possible.
- Celebration – When we gather for corporate worship, we are reminded about the Faithfulness of God, and this serves as a reason to celebrate being part of the King’s Family. We are people of Good News because of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.
Blessing, Sentness, & Missional Response – A comforting & challenging reminder to impart the wild Gospel as we go about living in the world. “Mission is an expression of Christian worship. In fact, I’m prepared to say that it is the central and most powerful expression of worship.” – Michael Frost