Worship Life

Indeed, liturgy continually confronts us with the call to sacrifice our preoccupation with self. Because liturgy is intrinsically corporate, it resists any narrowing of life to a private relationship between the solitary soul and God. Liturgy places God in the center and us in community.
— John S. Mogabgab
The act of worship rehearses in the present the end that lies ahead.
— Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination
You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.
— N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

Abbey Way’s worship life is not easily described to those outside of the community. We lean musically into Celtic, folk, coffee house, Gospel, and contemplative influences which are supported by a definite but simple liturgical rhythm based in the lectionary cycle. To these elements we add the intentional incorporation of children with a central focus on God’s Word and the Lord’s Table.

Our Sunday worship rhythm allows for flexibility in approach to teaching, community building and integration of all ages. Most Sundays during the school year, while the adults engage in a traditional preached message, the school age children attend their own Kid’s Chapel and the preschoolers our Atrium (ages three to six). On other Sundays, we creatively adapt the scripture lesson of the week with age appropriate activities—sometimes together, sometimes apart—followed by everyone gathering for a simple worship gathering including song, scripture and the Lord’s Table. During the summer, the time is focused on particular theme with our older school age children joining us for a simple preached message while the kids three to third grade participate in a learning circle during the sermon.

We are not common place by any means. Yet by being uniquely Abbey Way, old and young alike make place and space to hear God’s invitation by trying new things, gleaning purposefully from sources beyond our own. Sometimes awkward, sometimes enchanting, always focusing on our Triune God—Father, Son and Spirit—as the center, Abbey Way’s worship life is a delightful discovery of how God wants to meet with us and our desire to meet with God. 

Always new, at the same delightfully old, Abbey Way music style is truly our own. Our musical influences include: High Street Hymns, Enter the Worship Circle, Rend Collective Experiment, Jon Foreman, Gungor, The Innocence Mission, The Welcome Wagon, Sara Groves and Sandra McCracken. We sing traditional hymns or have old hymn lyrics set to our own music. We also have some monastic resources that we pull from including the Northumbria Community in England and the Taize Community in France. We also glean from Benedictine texts and prayers with original music written by our own Brenton Haack.

We think our worship life is special. Come see for yourself.