Experiencing God in Rituals

This Sunday’s service is going to be a little different and I wanted to take some time to let you know why. First, Reformation Day is October 31st, as it was believed that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door on October 31, 1517. Second, we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper. And last, our scripture reading for Sunday is a portion of the Book of Isaiah which calls into question the use of empty rituals by the people of Israel. Since the rituals are devoid of meaning, the people live lives devoid of the meaning that God desires in them, ie they fail to care for the orphan, the widow and the oppressed.

The service on Sunday will open with the reading from Isaiah, and then we will spend time talking about the rituals in our worship experience. Why do we have a Call to Worship, a Prayer of Confession, an Affirmation of Faith, etc.

Tom Long, a professor of homiletics, likens a worship experience to a play in which God is the audience. All of us have roles in the play and the bulletin is the script. We will discuss how we are all called to play our roles and prepare for and live out our worship.

I hope you make a special effort to come out this Sunday, it should be a moving experience.