Worshiping the Triune God: The Renewal

The last time we reflected on worship we talked about singing our songs of praise to the Lord.  Singing to God occurs all throughout our worship service, but especially near the beginning, after God has called us to worship him and greeted us with his Word.  Then, having been called and welcomed into the courts of the king, we worship Him in word and song.  But, like Isaiah the prophet found (see Isaiah 6), when you enter the presence of a holy God, you’re blessed, but also convicted of your sin.  In some traditions this conviction of sin comes from the reading of the Law (i.e., the Ten Commandments or another passage like Matthew 22:37-40).  This conviction is formalized in a Call to Confession, where the worship leader acknowledges our sins and invites us to confess them to God.  This is an important moment in the worship service, as we get to unburden ourselves and receive God’s grace once again.  So, having prayed a corporate Prayer of Confession in word or song, we receive God’s Assurance of Pardon, like 1 John 1:9 NIV: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” And then having been assured of God’s forgiveness, we continue to praise the Lord who forgives us.  Sometimes we will also receive a reminder of God’s Will for our Lives.  “As God’s forgiven people, how are we to live?”  At this time we are reminded how God’s children are called to live through a reading of the Ten Commandments or some other summary of the law.  As a contemporary evangelical I didn’t grow up with the Renewal, and it was one of the elements of worship that drew me into the Reformed tradition.  There’s something so honest and essential about confession.  Moreover, we need to be constantly reminded of God’s grace, which we so desperately need.  So, let us continue to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness—through Jesus Christ our Lord.