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I think some of the silliness passing for “worship service” in many evangelical churches could be solved by those in the planning stages asking better questions, which is to say, more first principle, self-reflective questions. I have some suggestions, naturally. Of course, these aren’t the only questions worth asking, but I think they provide some good guardrails for those involved in the entire liturgy of a worship gathering, from sermon prep to music selection to sacrament to announcements and all the other nuts and bolts of a service.
In Hebrews 13:20 it says, ‘Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.’ We were always in His heart. He is a shepherd. He always will be a shepherd. He is the Good Shepherd. He is the Great Shepherd of the sheep. ‘Sheep I have which are not of this fold, them I must also bring,’ He said, in John 10:16. ‘I lay down My life for the sheep.’ (John 10:15). ‘My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me’ (John 10:27).
David Kent offers a thoughtful perspective on thanksgiving that you should check out in the post above. Go read it.