Do you ever wonder why we do what we do during morning worship? Why do we have to say the Apostle’s Creed? Or why do we say the Lord’s Prayer together? Why do we call the opening hymn the “‘Hymn of Praise”? For the next few weeks, these and many more questions will be discussed. Why do we do what we do? Let’s look at the first few movements of our worship together.
Why do the acolytes now come from the side entrance near the back of the church? So you noticed a few months ago, the acolytes and cross bearer enter the church from a different area. What is the purpose of the acolytes? Yes, to light the candles, but why is that important? Since ancient times, candles have been used by God’s people the worship as a reminder that God is with us. The flame brought into the church is also a reminder to us that Jesus is the light of the world. There are two candles on the Altar Table, a reminder to us that Christ is both human and divine. Bringing the light from the back of the sanctuary is symbolic of the light coming in from the world, through God’s people, and into our worship space.
Why do we sing a “Hymn of Praise” instead of an “Opening Hymn”? You might think this is just semantics, but there is a theological reason for calling this hymn the “Hymn of Praise. Worship begins with announcements and a call to worship. The call to worship is between us. That is, it’s a dialogue between God’s people, calling us together to worship. Then, we turn to the Hymn of Praise, which directs our praise and worship upward to God. We are turning our attention away from ourselves and upward to our Maker. Next week, we will discuss the Apostle’s creed and a few more pieces of Worship. Let us not grow weary in our work of love.
Grace and Peace, Dakota