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Corporate Worship that Speaks to the Guilty and Shamed


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The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were shocked by the company he kept—tax collectors, prostitutes, and “sinners”—and yet Jesus joyfully welcomed them because “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” As those found and saved by him, our corporate worship should be rich with messages of God’s gracious love for the guilty and shamed. In this workshop, you will learn ways to amplify the messages of grace that address guilt and shame through common elements of worship such as singing of hymns, Psalms, responsive readings, confession of sin, and the sacraments of baptism and communion. This workshop is intended for those who lead worship services as well as those counseling those who need help appropriating the benefits of worship for themselves. Click here to download the outline for this session.

This lecture is from the 2012 National Conference, “Guilt and Shame.”