Worship at Grace…
1. IS STEEPED IN PRAYER
There are lots of ways to pray, and everyone’s prayers help us have better conversations with God.
Our practice: We will pray formally and informally, through words, movement, and silence, using a variety of voices (ages, genders, ethnicities, etc.).
2. TESTIFIES TO TRUTH
Telling stories – Scripture’s, our own, someone else’s, of Grace Church’s past – helps us see where God is working. Telling stories helps us to see that we are part of God’s big story.
Our practice: We will work hard to be good listeners to stories told at Grace; we will be willing to share our stories as a way to give witness to God’s narrative.
3. IS ROOTED AND FREE
We worship in some ways that Christians have done since the beginning. We also claim our freedom through Christ to worship in ways the Holy Spirit is helping us to create today.
Our practice: Our worship will be deliberately diverse; we will experience old and new ways of worship, always trustingGod and one another, especially when something may feel strange.
4. IS WHOLE-HEARTED
Worship is a safe place to bring all the things we feel to God.
Our practice: We are all broken and need God’s grace, and we can trust God and each other with our deepest feelings; when we let our real selves show, it’s a way to honor each other and honor God.
5. SENDS US OUT
The reason we worship is to be more like Jesus every day.
Our practice: We come together to learn to be dutiful disciples and active agents — and we learn by doing, by taking part in God’s work in the world, starting with our little corner of His Kingdom at Sheldon and Buckley.
6. IS SERVANT-HEARTED
People experience God in different ways, and sometimes that will make us uncomfortable.
Our practice: There is no “right way” to worship, so we strive to worship in a variety of ways. Because we are different, God moves us through different words, gestures, songs, images; even when we’re not comfortable, we can allow our understanding and experience of God to grow.
7. BRINGS US TOGETHER
We are not all the same. We are learning that this helps us to experience God more fully.
Our practice: We belong to one another. Out of love and respect, we will challenge and support one another toward faithfulness; we will allow others to challenge us to see things with new eyes; we will expect God to meet us in new ways.