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How should a worship service begin? Part 2

In the last post, we explained what a call to worship is, and why we begin our worship service this way. This week, we will consider what immediately follows the call to worship in our service: The Invocation and God's Greeting.  What is an Invocation? What is God's Greeting? An invocation is our response to God's call to worship. It is a prayer which invokes God, w...

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How should a Worship Service Begin? Does it really matter?

Every Church has to begin the corporate Sunday worship service in some way. Some churches simply start worship by playing a song, others begin with a welcome, greeting, and prayer, and the list goes on. At Redeemer, we have chosen to begin service with a formal Call to Worship. The pastor, speaking on God’s behalf, calls the congregation to worship by reading a passa...

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Why have a Prelude before Worship? (OR: How to NOT profit from church this Sunday)

This week we begin a summer blog series explaining each element of our worship service at Redeemer. We begin by thinking about the prelude. The prelude, coming directly before the start of the worship service, is a short period of time (only 30-60 seconds) which provides an opportunity for us to quiet our hearts and prepare our minds for worship.  Why have a Prelude?...

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The Importance of Corporate Worship

We live in a day in which the importance of the weekly worship service for Christian growth and discipleship is being undermined. There are many reasons for this. Certainly the individualism of our culture which has led to a "me and Jesus" approach to our Christianity is a big factor. After all, why do I need to go to church when I can have a personal experience with Jesus...

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