The true first step in knowing how to put a worship service together is knowing what’s in your own heart. What do you believe? What do you hope others will believe or understand about God just because they worshipped with you today?
Let’s get at understanding this driving force in worship planning through the back door.
Last week we created ancient-modern liturgy for Super Bowl Sunday. The next big event in the life of both churched and unchurched persons is Valentine’s Day. How would create an ancient modern worship experience to engage hearts, minds and spirits at a deeper level on this most visible secular love event in the life of Americans?
First, know what people are after. Head to my blog post about Valentine’s day by clicking here.
Second, if eternity is really what people are searching for on Valentine’s Day, then you will have to be able to speak to that topic … and that means you have to believe it yourself.
As a worship consultant and coach, it is never my job to tell you what to believe. It’s my job to pull out of you what you believe and help you express it. That means I believe God has called you and wants to use you. Eternity may just be the central theme of faith. Those who believe in that which goes beyond human understanding seem to have a better ability for dealing with loss than those that do not. And who in this world does not have to deal with loss?
So how will you develop this theme in your Valentine’s Day worship service? Here’s one idea:
- Opening Video: Find something about loving and losing
- Opening Song: Life is Good, Nikki Lerner
- Congregational Liturgy:
Today is the day we celebrate love. Wow … sometimes it’s super hard to love. Sometimes love is messy. Sometimes it goes away and we lose it. Sometimes it’s the most wonderful thing in the world. Sometimes it really hurts. Everyone says God loves more, deeper and forever. Does that forever love really matter? If it does, we’d like to know and feel it.
- Second song / hymn: All Creatures Of Our God and King, Norton Hall Band version
- IMPLICATIONS OF THE LITURGY: In your sermon, talk about how you understand eternity and how that understanding has changed the way you live your life on this earth!
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