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Maundy Thursday & Good Friday

Next week Willow Creek will be offering extra worship opportunities on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Here are some reasons for you to attend these services: They will help you prepare for Easter Sunday The Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services have been crafted to be a unity. When you partake of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday and walk through t...

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Litur...what?

Liturgy is the term used for an order of public worship. Although liturgy literally means ‘the work of the people’, this is not a great way to think of it. I stated in another post that worship is first and foremost a Divine act. We certainly do things like pray, sing, give alms, etc. but it is always God who initiates and we respond. The risen Christ is actual...

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Elements of the Corporate Worship Service

What elements should characterize reformed worship? How do we know what to include and what not to include? Acts 2:42 has traditionally been a go-to text for worship elements and church life/discipleship in general. Four key elements are revealed: The Word, almsgiving, the Lord’s Supper (sacraments), and prayer. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles&rsq...

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Corporate Worship

I’ve been a leader of church worship ministries for the last fifteen years. During that time I’ve come to realize that most church members have received meager biblical instruction on the subject of corporate worship. This is unfortunate because “worship is at the center of our existence, at the heart of our reason for being” (Old, 1). At best, we d...

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2017 Worship Ministry

Last year I began planning and implementing a new worship ministry structure. The structure consists of four defined teams. Each team is currently assigned to a Sunday every month with special groups serving on fifth Sundays and holidays. The system has brought cohesion and variety to the program and has set an excellent foundation on which to build in the future. You&rsqu...

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Worship Notes for February 12, 2017

Here are some notes to help you prepare for worship this week. The first song is called “The Glory is Yours”. In glorifying God through this song we are essentially beginning our corporate hour of prayer with the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer (hallowed be thy name). We honor and praise Him by extolling His attributes of power and love. Since every ...

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