Vital Worship Team
Vital Worship Team
Our team has been asked by Council to (1) lead us as a congregation in a year of prayer, listening, and learning around worship revitalization and (2) propose a unified vision for worship at the AACRC leading out of this year. Council gave us permission to ask all sorts of good questions about our worship, and we love worship in its many shapes and forms, so this journey is a joy.
What you can expect on our Vital Worship Journey in the next few months:
> Monthly learning sessions for the congregation
> Weekly emails with news and reflective questions
> Monthly newsletter articles in On Broadway
> Accessibility to team members at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our task has two dimensions: the spiritual aspect of how our worship reflects and informs our faith and community, and the practical aspect of what we need to do to continue to thrive as a worshipping congregation at 1717 Broadway in Ann Arbor moving out of 2018. The two are intricately interwoven.
The Vital Worship Team: Jen Boes, Tanya Boldenow, Sue De Zeeuw, Tim Geerlings, John Groen, George Lindquist, Mike Waldyke
Ten Core Convictions on Worship
On the tenth anniversary of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in 2007, we identified ten core principles and practices to present as our central convictions about vital Christian worship.
These ten core convictions are not innovations. They are timeless truths from Scripture and the rich history of Christian worship. Today, each conviction remains theologically crucial, pastorally significant, and culturally threatened. The importance of one or all of these convictions risks being obscured by cultural trends outside the church, and disputes about the mechanics and style of worship within the church. This attempt to reiterate and reinforce the importance of these ten core convictions will lead, we pray, to more fruitful (if not necessarily easier) conversations about the meaning and practice of Christian worship.
These ten criteria are applicable not only in specific cultural settings. They have as much to say about corporate worship offered in Kenya or Korea as in Canada or the United States. They are the kind of questions that apply to contextual ministry in any setting.
They are also theological. They emerge not only out of historical study or aesthetic preference, but also out of reflection on the mystery of the gospel that Christians proclaim. Long-term vital worship doesn’t come out of singing a little faster, praying a little harder, or making worship a bit more proper or a bit more fun. Vital worship can issue only from the depth and mystery of the gospel that Christians proclaim. Christian worship is strongest when it is integrally and self-consciously related to the person and work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christian worship is immeasurably enriched by:
1. a vivid awareness of the beauty, majesty, mystery, and holiness of the triune God
2. the full, conscious, active participation of all worshipers, as a fully intergenerational community
3. deep engagement with scripture
4. joyful and solemn celebrations of baptism and the Lord’s Supper
5. an open and discerning approach to culture
6. disciplined creativity in the arts
7. collaboration with all other congregational ministries
8. warm, Christ-centered hospitality for all people
9. intentional integration between worship and all of life
10. collaborative planning and evaluation
March 18, 2018
Core Conviction #1: Christian worship is immeasurably enriched by a vivid awareness of the beauty, majesty, mystery, and holiness of the triune God
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:2)
Worship cultivates our knowledge and imagination about who God is and what God has done. Worship gives us a profound awareness of the glory, beauty, and holiness of God. Each element of worship can be understood through a Trinitarian framework. Worship renewal is best sustained by attention to the triune God we worship.