A few weeks ago, we started a conversation about what it means for Open Door to be a family that worships together and we'll be on this journey through the end of September.
We care deeply and are shaped by a desire to be a place of formation (rooted in Christ, woven together, cultivating others and extending love to others) but recognize that in order to faithfully live as a formative community, we must deeply embrace our identity and vocation to grow as a worshiping family.
Words shape reality and the way we talk about worship and family informs and shapes the way we actually live out our calling together. Here are some working definitions we’re exploring through Tune: The Sound and Soul of a Worshiping Family.
Soul (Identity) :: Individually, we are all beloved children created in God’s image. Together, we are a family gathered to follow in the way of Jesus.
Sound (Vocation) :: We are called to extend the reign of God here in the East Bay and beyond so that heaven and earth are woven together.
Worship :: Our lives lived in response to God’s extravagant love made real in Jesus
Family :: To be family is to receive our identity as God’s beloved child and to believe that what God has done through Jesus worked, shaping and forming us together for participation in extending God’s reign.
Elizabeth broke down worship into three steps, using definitions above to frame worship in the context of identity and vocation:
Revelation :: The God of extravagant love is revealed to us and continually draws closer to us.
Relationship :: As God draws closer, we're invited into a dynamic and unmediated relationship with him. Through the work of Jesus and empowered by God’s Spirit, we’re called together in relationship with others as a worshipping family.
Response :: In response to the God who's revealed and pursues relationship with us, we worship. Our lives are lived in such a way that reflects and extends God’s love. Worship is holistic - spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental.
Worship is individual as well as communal.
Worship shapes our identity and vocation.
Worship involves creativity and practice, our bodies as well as our minds.
Worship is key to our formation and our participation in the extension of God’s kingdom in the East Bay and beyond.
This holistic vision of worship is what Paul writes about in Romans 12 as he encourages the community of Jesus followers (us!) to offer our bodies - our full selves with nothing withheld - as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the God who’s revealed himself to us.
This is the true and proper worship we want to tune into during this season and beyond!