“Principles for Worship from Leviticus 1”

On May 10 I had the privilege of attending the Forge Axiom conference in Red Deer.  The guest teacher, Pastor Cam Roxburgh, spoke about what it means to be missional.  The framework for his discussion was Deuteronomy 6:4-9, where God commands us to love Him with all our hearts, soul and strength.  When it comes to loving God with our hearts, worship surely plays a part.  But interestingly, Pastor Cam took us to Leviticus 1 to discuss worship.  So, here are some of the principles for (missional) worship that we learned about: Worship is about what we bring, including stories of God’s faithfulness.  Worship is about bringing our best to God—whatever that looks like.  Worship is a messy business—things don’t always turn out the way we want.  Worship is multi-sensory and participatory—engagement is important.  Worship is costly—there’s a personal sacrifice involved.  Worship is a drama—the reenactment of God’s story.  Worship is communal.  I found this conversation on missional worship timely, as we’re currently making a few technical changes to our worship ministry.  As we do so, I encourage you all to focus on what’s really important: to keep worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth, and to keep the mission of Christ central to our being.

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