My dad enjoys doing large puzzles. He will work on them little by little in his spare time, and eventually what was once a mess of disconnected pieces turns into a beautiful picture. In large puzzles, that process often takes place by piecing together smaller portions within the larger picture, and then merging those smaller pictures into the whole.
In our series of sermons "Worship, Wisdom, and Work" it is time for us to put together one of those smaller portions. We have observed each one of the five major offerings that the Lord gave to Israel and drawn out much wisdom regarding how men draw near to God. But now we need to piece these together and observe how these offerings worked together in practice. What was actually going on when God and man met together, and how does the structure of worship logically support that? In other words, what matters about the order of our worship?
As Evan McWilliams recently said,
In worship we do more than present our public service (leitourgia)
to Him; we consciously re-order our whole selves- heart, soul,
strength, and mind- and thus re-center our universe around Him. We do
this by submitting to His guidance regarding the proper ordering of our
worship. It is no small point to note that we are enabled properly to
re-order ourselves because He first orders us to receive His
instruction; the Lord is ever the prime mover.
Join us this Lord's Day to reorder your life according to God's holiness.
All Glory, Laud, and Honor (#11)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (#87)
Joy to the World (#92)
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (#184)
Old Testament: Leviticus 18:1-18; Psalm 45
New Testament: Luke 11:1-13
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: The Order of Offerings and Our Worship - Leviticus 9