Worship in the Round

Pastor Scott NessContemporary Worship, News Notes, Worship

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We Worship in the Round

We believe in the body of Christ. The church is a “who,” not a “what.” And so, we believe that worshiping in a space where you can see one another helps to make this reality more concrete. Looking at one another also allows us to enter into worship together. We are made whole through community. This is one of the major lessons from the story of Jesus healing the paraplegic. It says, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” Mark 2:5. Jesus was moved, not solely by the paraplegic, but by the friends who went to great length to bring him to Jesus. We are connected and our faith, health, life, and success is tied to one another.

As the father of 6 kids, there is a significant part of me that isn’t crazy that everyone can see ALL their behaviors on Sunday morning. I don’t love it that everyone can see when one of them isn’t listening, when we fight over crayons, or-perhaps the most embarrassing–when we have silent parent-to-parent conversation that are conveyed through escalating eye gestures. Trust me. Inviting you to be front row guests to all this isn’t my favorite part. But, the sense of community, of being reminded that we are in this together is worth that discomfort. Something as simple as sitting in this arrangement drives home one thing we pray together every week we are gathered. We pray the Lord’s Prayer and too often we gloss over the first word of that prayer.  It doesn’t begin “My Father, who art in heaven.” It begins “Our Father, who art in heaven.” ‘Our’ matters. It reminds us that we are in this together, but we are not in this alone. We are yoked together but our togetherness is tied and linked the the creator of it all.

Consider joining us this Sunday for worship. If you are up for worshiping in the round (square) we would love to join together at the 10:45 worship service.

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Pastor Scott Ness

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Pastor Scott Ness loves stories and finding ways to use ordinary, everyday life to point to our amazing God. He strives to see with eyes of faith. He fails consistently. Through it all, God remains faithful and full of grace. When Pastor Scott isn't running around the church he is often found at home with his wife, Deanna and their six children.

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