Jesus is the most important part of worship. That may seem obvious, but
look again: “Jesus is the most important part of worship.” Notice that “praising Jesus” is not most important. Neither is “praying to Jesus” or even “thanking Jesus.” The most important thing is Jesus; who he is and what he has done. After all, without him we would be separated from God and from each other. We would have no reason to gather for worship without Jesus. In fact, without Jesus we would be afraid of God! But through his death and resurrection Jesus has brought us and God back together. He has given us peace with God, joy in our lives, and unity with each other.
Every Sunday we gather because of Jesus. We gather to receive his forgiveness; his peace. And because of who he is and what he has done, we also praise him. We pray to him. We thank him. Every Sunday Jesus gives his peace to us and he receives our praise from us.
For centuries Christians have followed this cycle of giving and receiving in worship. It is called liturgical worship. Liturgical worship is focused on Jesus. That is why some parts of the service are the same every Sunday. Other parts change from week to week. They change so that the important events and teachings of Jesus are covered every year.
To learn more about liturgical worship, follow these links:
What’s Coming In Worship
The Church Year
The Parts of the Liturgy
The Pastor’s Vestment