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The Worship Architect Group Study: Phase 2, Part 1



**We’re studying the book, “The Worship Architect” by Constance Cherry together. If you missed a section or are reading this months after it originally happened, please join in the conversation anyway!**

Now that we’ve gotten into Phase 1 of the book, we’re going to slow down a bit and begin Phase 2 which is all about building the structure for worship. There’s lots of detail about the various “load-bearing walls” as the author calls them, continuing the analogy of worship as a structure. We’ll take it a chapter at a time for now, reading chapter 3 together.  

As with all of the chapters, she suggests discussing the questions at the beginning with a group of peers, just as we’re doing here! Respond in the comments below and remember to indicate the number of the question you’re responding to.

  1. Does your worship service typically have large, primary sections? If so, how would you describe them?
  2. What options are there for making decisions about the order of the components of worship?
  3. Does the Bible explicitly teach a detailed order to use?
  4. Does it really matter what order the worship service components are in?
  5. If you change an order of service, on what basis do you do so?

    As we read chapter 3, let’s talk about these questions:

  6. The author describes several different approaches to ordering worship. Which approach has been the typical one you’ve utilized most frequently (I’m sure there are individual times when a different approach has been used, but what’s your go-to approach)?
  7. The author also lists the four “rooms” of worship (gathering, Word, Table, and sending). Are there other “rooms” that you include in your worship? Are these “rooms” always present?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s get a good discussion going!

One thought on “The Worship Architect Group Study: Phase 2, Part 1

  1. Since no one’s talking yet, I’ll get the ball rolling.

    1. We usually have a few portions to our service, though there’s often some overlap in the segments. We usually have an Opening, the Word (scripture/creed/message), Responding to God (prayers, offerings) and closing.

    2. For our church, being non-liturgical, we have some freedom in the arrangement of the parts of the service. The focus for us is the Word and Message – all components reflect the theme or topic.

    3. Not in a complete sense. There’s Isaiah 6 that demonstrates how when we enter into the presence of God, our natural reaction is often to acknowledge our sinfulness and receive His forgiveness. In the New Testament the notes on worship have less to do with a specific order and instead say that things should be done in good order (1 Corinthians 14:26). Thankfully, God knew that times would change and specifying an order for all time might not be a good idea.

    4. The order matters because it the components help us move through the stages of worship in a logical and meaningful order.

    5. We change the order of worship frequently at our church. We put together 7 different orders of worship and use them according to the theme and topic of each week. There are some times when it makes sense to have more music before or after the message to either set it up more or flow from it into the rest of the worship.

    6. Ours are usually a combination of the Fill-in-the-blank and the Dialogical approach.

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