I wanted to post a few thoughts and hopefully discussion starters from some discussions we have been having at something called Levite Camp. We have been talking about the "traditional" order of worship which consists of:
Gathering - Word - Table/Response - Sending
Whether or not you agree with this order of worship you can participate in the discussion of specifics within each area.
God's people are the body of Christ and this body is separated from one another at some level throughout the week. The first thing that needs to be done when we come to a specific place for worship is to gather the people together as one body. To unite together in hearing from and responding to God.
So how does this happen? How about TAILGATING? (Hat tip to Tom)Before a sporting event many people come together to eat, spend time together, and most importantly unite in a common purpose. They come together to be a part of the event that is going to take place in the gathering space.
Does this have anything to say to preparing for worship? Should we find a way to unite for a common purpose, with common language, and common symbols in order to come together as a community in worship? Keep in mind that I am talking about the ideas and purposes behind tailgating and not the specific activities of tailgating that take place at a sporting event.
Is there a way to make Worship Tailgating a reality?