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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.05 Issue 5, The Pulse 2017


    Why Do We End Our Worship Service with a Closing Affirmation and Commitment?



    Since the beginning of the year, we have been ending our Sunday worship service with our Closing Affirmation and Commitment. By rehearsing "Our Way of Life" at the end of the service, we are acknowledging the following things to be true of us.

    The church is people, not a place we go to. God’s presence in this world is not found in a building, but it is found in his people living out their faith wherever we happen to be.

    The church is a way of life, not a service we attend. The end of our worship service marks the beginning of another week where we seek to love God and love others.

    The church is a daily reality, not just something we do on Sunday. The church is who we are and therefore our faith in Jesus shapes every aspect of our lives.

    Consider making our weekly affirmation and commitment a daily exercise.

    Closing Affirmation and Commitment

    By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of the beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Therefore…

    We are sons and daughters, loved by God

    We are servants, counting others more significant than ourselves

    We are stewards, doing all we do for the glory of God

     With God’s help, we will embrace “Our Way of Life”:

    We will seek to proactively love God and love others

    We will daily ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit

    We will live with the conviction that God is at work through our lives

    We will maintain unity and peace in the body of Christ

    We will invest our lives in the work of the kingdom of God