Laity Sunday 2016: Living Vital Worship

October 16, 2016
by Jodi Cataldo

Laity Sunday

Is worship a noun or is it a verb? Is worship something you go to, or is it something you live? This year’s theme for Laity Sunday, “Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship,” calls us to see worship not as passive spectators, but as active participants. Indeed, worship is something that we live! These scripture references for Laity Sunday unfold worship in several different ways:

  • Worship as Love: Matthew 22:37-39 (The Great Commandment—to put love of God and neighbor above all else)
  • Worship as Discipline: Matthew 16:24 (The Great Commitment—to embody God’s love individually)
  • Worship as Justice: Micah 6:8 (The Great Requirement—to live God’s love through our actions)
  • Worship as Evangelism: Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission—to go and take God’s love into the world)

When we look at worship from this perspective, we see that worship just breathes life and vitality! As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be engaged in worship through the love of God and neighbor, through personal spiritual disciplines, through acts of justice, and by going and taking God’s love into the world. Worship really is transformational discipleship, and the Wesleyan Movement was a vivid example of worship as a verb—living…vital.

Living, vital worship happens when the church acts as a true church…laity and clergy living out the Great Commandment, the Great Commitment, the Great Requirement, and the Great Commission together. Living vital worship is how we make disciples of Jesus Christ. It is how our world will be transformed!

Living, vital worship is active. In The United Methodist Church, laity take seriously their call to live worship through ministry as lay leaders, lay servants, lay ministers, missionaries, deaconesses, home missioners, class leaders, liturgists, lay speakers, congregational care ministers, youth directors, Christian educators, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, and in many roles.

On Laity Sunday, we celebrate that true worship can only happen when we live it — clergy and laity — together. For without the vital ministry of the laity, we would not be The United Methodist Church. We ARE disciples called to action, living vital worship!

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