It’s good to be back with all of you at Gateway Church this weekend — especially after taking some time off. And I’ve missed being able to say to you — whether you’re here at County Road 9 or at our North Main campus — I’ve missed being able to say to you — God loves you and I love you too.
And — I can’t let an opportunity pass me by — he’s been worried about it — he’s been wondering if I’m going to say anything — he even considered skipping church this morning — so Jim Tomlinson. Don’t worry. I’m not gonna say anything about today being your 40th birthday. Not a word. Nothing about it all Jim. No “welcome to the club, Jim.” None of that. I mean you are one of our elders. People should know who you are and that you love birthday hugs. But none of that. I’m not saying a word.
If you spend time at any of our worship leader meetings or planning meetings, you’ll likely hear the term “liturgy” tossed around during our conversations. It’s a pretty important part of what we do at our services, because it is what we do during our services.
The word itself is the combination of two Greek terms, but the most common translation used is “work of the people.” You didn’t ask for any of that, but it’s free, so take it for what it is, because it’s important. It’s important because, essentially, when we gather together as a congregation on the weekends, we have work to do. A liturgy should walk us through the story of the Gospel and allow to sing, celebrate, and be shaped by the Gospel.