I loved our time together on Christmas Eve. We had a quiet, peaceful time that still managed to be joyful and celebrative. Laurie played guitar, Gordon played cajon and tambourine and I played keys. I shared that this was going to be a liturgical worship gathering. Liturgy means "the work of the people." This would be a time when we would ALL participate in worshipping God... no spectators. So we went straight through a program that Luanne had designed for us.
There were prayers and responsive readings and songs... and the liturgy took us right through the more "classic" worship order... Call to Worship, Invocation, Confession, Assurance of Pardon, Prayers of the People, Scripture Reading and Benediction.
It was beautiful... I loved the sweet spirit of worship in the room. It felt unpretentious and casual... and it was truly a community experience. Yes, I put together the liturgy and led us through it, but we were all participating. We were all praying and reading and singing together. It was not a performance, with one significant exception. Luanne sang a beautiful song, Andrew Peterson's "Labor of Love." It was wonderful to sing harmonies with her again, and I believe it really helped people to focus on Jesus. It wasn't about her, it was about our worship of the One who came to save us.
Afterwards, people hung around for quite a while before taking off to be with family or friends. I enjoyed my first Christmas Eve with Access, and I look forward to continuing to build relationships in the upcoming year and experience God together.