Worship Calls us to Be A Living Sacrifice by Fr. Basil Tynes - 3rd Sunday of Easter 2015

 

 

The Third Sunday of Easter
Theme: Called to be a Living Sacrifice
Sub-Theme
Worship Calls us to Be A Living Sacrifice

 

1. Definition of Worship

The root word for Worship in Hebrew is “ABAD”

The root word in Greek is “Lateriea”

Both words mean “To give Service to….”

Therefore there are several things that we must understand about worship:

A. We are not the object of our worship; God however is!!!

B. Worship is not about what I want-it is about what I am prepared to give of self to God.

C. Worship is not about pleasing yourself-it is about please God!

D. Worship is about giving all the glory to God and Him alone!!!

E. In the Old Testament worship was a way of life for God’s People-When they entered the Tent of Meeting/temple they came face-to-face with the altar of sacrifice. Many of the Festivals involved the home/community.

F. In the New Testament, worship became a way of life. There were no buildings so their entire life was considered an act of worship before God.
They became a living sacrifice in Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of The Sacrament, and The Liturgy of Life.

G. In other words life cannot be compartmentalize for a Christian-everything becomes an act of worship to the Lord-we do everything as unto the Lord!!!

H. Worship does not begin when the bell is rung at the back door-you should have been in an attitude of worship for the entire week and long before you enter the back door.

I. Worship does not end after you leave the church’s door.

 

2. You cannot be touched by the grace of God in this life of worship and remain the same.
Transformation and conversion is what Christ requires; what most people want is reformation, conformity and stagnation.

 

3. Corporate worship is simply the whole community of faith coming together to join in this continuous worship of God in Christ Jesus
through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Every song, every prayer, every action calls forth a response from us and ought to assist in the deepening our relationship with God; covert us into the kind of people we ought to be; transform our approach to life so that we can be living witnesses of the gospel of Christ, invite others to become his disciples, help those in need, seek justice for all, and transform our environment for Christ and His Kingdom.

 

4. Why do we do what we do-The Holy Eucharist??? 

Why the Incense??? The incense represents the prayers  of God’s people Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8; Revelation 8:3.

The question is what are you offering up to God as you enter this place??? What are you offering to Him when we commence corporate worship in this place??? Is it all praise, adoration, worship, honour, glory, thanksgiving and giving ourselves to God as a living oblation; or are we too busy finding fault.

Why The Opening Sentences???
The Church’s Year recalls the saving work of Christ. The colours of the seasons and the seasons themselves tell us something about what Christ did for us and for our salvation. Every feast, every festival ought to be an opportunity for us to draw even nearer to the Lord of all life.

What the Alleluias??? Alleluia simple means “Praise the Lord.”

 

Why the Prayer of Intention???
Spells out the reason why we have gathered together:

  • Assembled in His Name
  • In fellowship with each other
  • To offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving
  • To respond to your Holy Word.
  • To be taught
  • After due cleansing, to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice
  • To feast on Christ Body and Blood.

 

Why The Collect for Purity???

  • To acknowledge that in the sight of God we stand completely exposed-noting is hidden from him.
  • To seek his cleansing
  • Be inspired by the Holy Spirit
  • To Love God
  • And to magnify His name.

 

 Why the Kyrie???

Mercy in the Old and the New Testament had to do with having compassion and not just piety.
This is a simple prayer asking God to show compassion on us his frail, feeble, disobedient Children.

 Why the Gloria in Excelsis???

Again it was intended to be a prayer dealing with the awesome ness of the God we serve.

  • He deserves the Glory
  • He deserves to be worshipped because of what Has been done in Christ
  • He deserves to be worship just because of who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Why the Collect for the Day???

The Collect for the Day always tells us at least three things:

  • Something about God and what He has done.
  • Something that we want Him to Do to us.
  • A Trinitarian Conclusion

 Why The Readings and the Sermon???

The Word is NOT to entertain anybody. There are at least Ten things that the Word should do for us via the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

  • Help our minds make the most of the Grace of God
  • Claim the promised of God to lean on in difficult times
  • To follow the commands of Christ
  • To avoid sin
  • To discover our new nature in Christ
  • To be empowered for service
  • To be grounded in the faith
  • To provide a biblical foundation for our work, worship, and witness in the world.
  • To identify our gifts
  • To find our place in the body of Christ and His mission in the world.

 

Why The Nicene Creed???

During the first five centuries of the church’s existence they had to define the relationship between
the Father and the Son. If the Son is not co equal and co-eternal with the Father,
then Jesus cannot save anybody-not even himself. In 315 A.D. a priest by the name of Arius
tried to get people to believe that Son and the Father are not co-equal, nor co-eternal.
By 325/6 The first Christian emperor called the Bishops together to set out a firm statement of Faith (Credo) to refute this teaching.

The Creed informs us of what we believe was necessary for our Salvation.

  • That God is One
  • That God made everything seen and unseen
  • That the Son of God is of the same substance of the Father-He is God of God and Light of Light
  • That the Son was not made but eternally begotten of the Father
  • The whole Christ event was necessary for our salvation (i.e. His conception, birth, life, ministry, passion, suffering, dying, resurrection, and the ascension was necessary to return man to his original state and refuses the curse that Adam and Eve brought against humanity.)
  • That the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life
  • That the Holy Spirit, The Son and The Father are worshipped and glorified.
  • That there is one universal and apostolic church
  • Need for only One baptism
  • In Christ Sins are forgiven
  • Belief in the Resurrection of the Dead
  • There is something that awaits us beyond the grave.

In short, we are letting the whole world know this is where my/our allegiance lies. I trust and believe in a Triune God who, before the foundation of the world, was prepared to rescue a wretch like me.

 Why the Intercessory Prayers???

There are nine parts of Prayer (not four) as we were taught.

  • Adoration-lifting up of the mind and heart to God
  • Praise-praising God just because of who He is
  • Thanksgiving-thanking God for all the blessings of this life
  • Penitence-confession of our sins
  • Oblation-offering of ourselves and our lives back to God
  • Intercessions-presenting the needs of others
  • Petitions-presenting the our needs to God
  • Meditation-opening our mind to God’s truth under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Contemplation-keeping our hearts and mind still so we can be attentive to God

THE REAL CHALLENGE IS TO LIVE WHAT WE PRAY!!!

 

Look at the Notes under Form A

 Why the Confession???

We will never be sinless until we pass from this world to the next. I John 1:8,9 is a reminder of that Fact.

In the confession we acknowledge:

  • That we have committed sins of commission and sins of omission
  • We are truly sorry for what we have done wrong
  • We turn away from those sins
  • We seek God’s forgiveness
  • And we want to serve him in newness of life to the glory of His name.

 

Why the absolution???

The Clergy have been given the authority to pronounce the forgiveness of sins. (John 20:22-23; James 5:15-16)

But look at what He/she prays for:

  • That God would have compassion on us
  • That God would pardon us
  • That God would deliver us from all our sins
  • That God would confirm us
  • That God would strengthen us in all goodness
  • That God would keep us in eternal life.

 

Why the Kiss of Peace???

The Peace is a demonstration that we are not only at peace with God, but we are exercising the peace of God to those who surround us.

Why the Offertory Prayer???

The Prayer reminds us that:

  • All we have is a gift from God which God has given us.
  • Along with the gifts we are offering ourselves, our lives and our work in the power of the Holy Spirit to become a living Sacrifice.
  • As the bread and wine become Jesus’ sacramental Presence may we also become channels through which His love flows.

 

Why the Eucharist Prayer and Holy Communion???

The Eucharist Prayer recalls our salvation History and incorporated the only form of worship that Jesus left behind which he
ordained, commanded, instituted for his church to keep on doing until he comes again.
Jesus gives himself to us so that we might become his sacramental presence in this world.

Why the Breaking of Bread???

To demonstrate our unity in the Body of Christ. To eat a meal with someone in the ancient world was to accept them as your family. I Corinthians 10:17)

Why the Agnus Dei???

St. John the Baptist described Jesus using these words (John 1:29-34). In the Tent of Meeting/Temple a Lamb was offered in the morning and the evening to deal with unintentional sins that may have been committed by priests or lay people. Jesus becomes the Lamb that God provides to save his people.
Note the prayer ask him to take away “the sin of the world.” This refers to the sinful orientation of the world-away from God.

Why the Post Communion Prayer?

The post communion prayer is not only to express gratitude for being feed with the Body and Blood of Christ, but we are sent out to become the sacramental presence of Christ in this world as we carry out his mission. What is that Mission???

  • Sent to be agents of Reconciliation
  • Sent to love
  • Sent to serve
  • Sent forth to work
  • Sent forth with a singleness of heart

Why the dismissal???

Once again we are reminded of the seasons of the church and what Christ had to do for our salvation.
The congregation is blessed and told to go and serve the Lord. With every communion service we are
commissioned to go and get on with the work, worship, witness of the Kingdom of God. 

5. What has been the response?

  • A limit is placed on time given to God
  • Worship ends at the door
  • Response a matter of routine and choice
  • Tokenism vs. REAL SACRIFICE
  • Giving with strings attached
  • Asserting our ownership of time, talents and treasures
  • Mediocrity in our response
  • Indifference

6. What is Needed?

  • We are not our own; we belong to God!
  • Constantly giving ourselves back to God-individually and collectively
  • Excitement, Passion, Joy, out of a heart filled with gratitude
  • REAL SACRIFICE
  • Recognizing that we are stewards and not owners
  • Be intentional in our Christian worship, work and witness
  • Live a life like people who have been fed by The Bread of Heaven and who have drunk from the Cup of Salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Definition of Worship

The root word for Worship in Hebrew is “ABAD”

 

The root word in Greek is “Lateriea”

 

Both words mean “To give Service to….”

Therefore there are several things that we must understand about worship:

A. We are not the object of our worship; God however is!!!

B. Worship is not about what I want-it is about what I am prepared to give of self to God.

C. Worship is not about pleasing yourself-it is about please God!

D. Worship is about giving all the glory to God and Him alone!!!

E. In the Old Testament worship was a way of life for God’s People-When they entered the Tent of Meeting/temple they came face-to-face with the altar of sacrifice. Many of the Festivals involved the home/community.

F. In the New Testament, worship became a way of life. There were no buildings so their entire life was considered an act of worship before God. They became a living sacrifice in

Liturgy of the Word,

Liturgy of The Sacrament,

and The Liturgy of Life.

G. In other words life cannot be compartmentalize for a Christian-everything becomes an act of worship to the Lord-we do everything as unto the Lord!!!

H. Worship does not begin when the bell is rung at the back door-you should have been in an attitude of worship for the entire week and long before you enter the back door.

I. Worship does not end after you leave the church’s door.

 

2. You cannot be touched by the grace of God in this life of worship and remain the same. Transformation and conversion is what Christ requires; what most people want is reformation, conformity and stagnation.

 

3. Corporate worship is simply the whole community of faith coming together to join in this continuous worship of God in Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Every song, every prayer, every action calls forth a response from us and ought to assist in the deepening our relationship with God; covert us into the kind of people we ought to be; transform our approach to life so that we can be living witnesses of the gospel of Christ, invite others to become his disciples, help those in need, seek justice for all, and transform our environment for Christ and His Kingdom.

 

4. Why do we do what we do-The Holy Eucharist???

 

Why the Incense??? The incense represents the prayers  of God’s people Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8; Revelation 8:3.

The question is what are you offering up to God as you enter this place??? What are you offering to Him when we commence corporate worship in this place??? Is it all praise, adoration, worship, honour, glory, thanksgiving and giving ourselves to God as a living oblation; or are we too busy finding fault.

 

Why The Opening Sentences??? The Church’s Year recalls the saving work of Christ. The colours of the seasons and the seasons themselves tell us something about what Christ did for us and for our salvation. Every feast, every festival ought to be an opportunity for us to draw even nearer to the Lord of all life.

What the Alleluias??? Alleluia simple means “Praise the Lord.”

 

Why the Prayer of Intention???

Spells out the reason why we have gathered together:

Assembled in His Name

In fellowship with each other

To offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving

To respond to your Holy Word.

To be taught

After due cleansing, to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice

To feast on Christ Body and Blood.

 

Why The Collect for Purity???

To acknowledge that in the sight of God we stand completely exposed-noting is hidden from him.

To seek his cleansing

Be inspired by the Holy Spirit

To Love God

And to magnify His name.

 

Why the Kyrie???

Mercy in the Old and the New Testament had to do with having compassion and not just piety. This is a simple prayer asking God to show compassion on us his frail, feeble, disobedient Children.

 

Why the Gloria in Excelsis???

Again it was intended to be a prayer dealing with the awesome ness of the God we serve.

He deserves the Glory

He deserves to be worshipped because of what Has been done in Christ

He deserves to be worship just because of who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Why the Collect for the Day???

The Collect for the Day always tells us at least three things:

Something about God and what He has done.

Something that we want Him to Do to us.

A Trinitarian Conclusion

 

Why The Readings and the Sermon???

The Word is NOT to entertain anybody. There are at least Ten things that the Word should do for us via the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

Help our minds make the most of the Grace of God

Claim the promised of God to lean on in difficult times

To follow the commands of Christ

To avoid sin

To discover our new nature in Christ

To be empowered for service

To be grounded in the faith

To provide a biblical foundation for our work, worship, and witness in the world.

To identify our gifts

To find our place in the body of Christ and His mission in the world.

 

 

Why The Nicene Creed???

During the first five centuries of the church’s existence they had to define the relationship between the Father and the Son. If the Son is not co equal and co-eternal with the Father, then Jesus cannot save anybody-not even himself. In 315 A.D. a priest by the name of Arius tried to get people to believe that Son and the Father are not co-equal, nor co-eternal. By 325/6 The first Christian emperor called the Bishops together to set out a firm statement of Faith (Credo) to refute this teaching.

The Creed informs us of what we believe was necessary for our Salvation.

That God is One

That God made everything seen and unseen

That the Son of God is of the same substance of the Father-He is God of God and Light of Light

That the Son was not made but eternally begotten of the Father

The whole Christ event was necessary for our salvation (i.e. His conception, birth, life, ministry, passion, suffering, dying, resurrection, and the ascension was necessary to return man to his original state and refuses the curse that Adam and Eve brought against humanity.)

That the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life

That the Holy Spirit, The Son and The Father are worshipped and glorified.

That there is one universal and apostolic church

Need for only One baptism

In Christ Sins are forgiven

Belief in the Resurrection of the Dead

There is something that awaits us beyond the grave.

In short, we are letting the whole world know this is where my/our allegiance lies. I trust and believe in a Triune God who, before the foundation of the world, was prepared to rescue a wretch like me.

 

Why the Intercessory Prayers???

There are nine parts of Prayer (not four) as we were taught.

Adoration-lifting up of the mind and heart to God

Praise-praising God just because of who He is

Thanksgiving-thanking God for all the blessings of this life

Penitence-confession of our sins

Oblation-offering of ourselves and our lives back to God

Intercessions-presenting the needs of others

Petitions-presenting the our needs to God

Meditation-opening our mind to God’s truth under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Contemplation-keeping our hearts and mind still so we can be attentive to God

THE REAL CHALLENGE IS TO LIVE WHAT WE PRAY!!!

Look at the Notes under Form A

 

Why the Confession???

We will never be sinless until we pass from this world to the next. I John 1:8,9 is a reminder of that Fact.

In the confession we acknowledge:

That we have committed sins of commission and sins of omission

We are truly sorry for what we have done wrong

We turn away from those sins

We seek God’s forgiveness

And we want to serve him in newness of life to the glory of His name.

 

Why the absolution???

The Clergy have been given the authority to pronounce the forgiveness of sins. (John 20:22-23; James 5:15-16)

But look at what He/she prays for:

That God would have compassion on us

That God would pardon us

That God would deliver us from all our sins

That God would confirm us

That God would strengthen us in all goodness

That God would keep us in eternal life.

 

Why the Kiss of Peace???

The Peace is a demonstration that we are not only at peace with God, but we are exercising the peace of God to those who surround us.

 

Why the Offertory Prayer???

The Prayer reminds us that:

All we have is a gift from God which God has given us.

Along with the gifts we are offering ourselves, our lives and our work in the power of the Holy Spirit to become a living Sacrifice.

As the bread and wine become Jesus’ sacramental Presence may we also become channels through which His love flows.

 

Why the Eucharist Prayer and Holy Communion???

The Eucharist Prayer recalls our salvation History and incorporated the only form of worship that Jesus left behind which he ordained, commanded, instituted for his church to keep on doing until he comes again.

Jesus gives himself to us so that we might become his sacramental presence in this world.

 

Why the Breaking of Bread???

To demonstrate our unity in the Body of Christ. To eat a meal with someone in the ancient world was to accept them as your family. I Corinthians 10:17)

 

Why the Agnus Dei???

St. John the Baptist described Jesus using these words (John 1:29-34). In the Tent of Meeting/Temple a Lamb was offered in the morning and the evening to deal with unintentional sins that may have been committed by priests or lay people. Jesus becomes the Lamb that God provides to save his people.

Note the prayer ask him to take away “the sin of the world.” This refers to the sinful orientation of the world-away from God.

 

Why the Post Communion Prayer?

The post communion prayer is not only to express gratitude for being feed with the Body and Blood of Christ, but we are sent out to become the sacramental presence of Christ in this world as we carry out his mission. What is that Mission???

Sent to be agents of Reconciliation

Sent to love

Sent to serve

Sent forth to work

Sent forth with a singleness of heart

 

Why the dismissal???

Once again we are reminded of the seasons of the church and what Christ had to do for our salvation. The congregation is blessed and told to go and serve the Lord. With every communion service we are commissioned to go and get on with the work, worship, witness of the Kingdom of God.

 

 

5. What has been the response?

  • A limit is placed on time given to God
  • Worship ends at the door
  • Response a matter of routine and choice
  • Tokenism vs. REAL SACRIFICE
  • Giving with strings attached
  • Asserting our ownership of time, talents and treasures
  • Mediocrity in our response
  • Indifference

 

6. What is Needed?

  • We are not our own; we belong to God!
  • Constantly giving ourselves back to God-individually and collectively
  • Excitement, Passion, Joy, out of a heart filled with gratitude
  • REAL SACRIFICE
  • Recognizing that we are stewards and not owners
  • Be intentional in our Christian worship, work and witness
  • Live a life like people who have been fed by The Bread of Heaven and who have drunk from the Cup of Salvation.