The church – Worship 

As part of my Foundation for Ministry course, each group leads the five minute worship each week.

This post was my contribution that I wrote and lead the group this evening, I thoroughly enjoyed writing and leading the worship, I hope it might be useful for others too.

You will need a large block on a table to represent our Lord Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.

You will also need smaller blocks to stack around….I used Jenga bricks!

Reading

…you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Reflection/prayer – pauses between each line 

Hold the block in front of you in your open hands and think about the gifts you bring to your church.

Think about how your gifts help to build up the body of the church.

Imagine being in front of our Lord Jesus Christ and offering your gifts up to him.

Think about what you would say to Christ.

Watch how he blesses your gifts, transforms them in a way he can use them, and offers them up to his Heavenly Father.
Feel the warmth from the Holy Spirit in your heart. And rest secure in God’s love for you.

Now try to stand your brick up on its narrowest edge – see how it seems quite fragile, easily knocked over.

Pray for those who do not feel as secure in church, in their work, in their lives, those who need God’s all embracing love.

Stacking of the bricks

I now invite you to bring your brick to the front and stack them up around the larger brick.

The larger brick represents Jesus Christ, the church’s one foundation.

As you place your brick, pray for your church, for its leaders and for your congregations.

Prayer when bricks are stacked

“Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”


St Teresa of Avila 

 

Stacking of the bricks
Stacking of the bricks
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3 thoughts on “The church – Worship 

  1. I think this combines two things that have been going on for you in a significant and special way – the idea of Jesus as the cornerstone on which you build and the sense that we have been gifted by God and called to serve.

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