Interface Practices

Spiritual Theology: We consider spiritual theology to be an engaging in a dynamic congruence between spirituality (how we live with God), and theology (how we think about God). Interface Worship seeks to enhance this aspect of Christian life through alternative worship experiences, rituals and devotional exercises that encourage personalized spiritual expressions of profound theological concepts.

Spiritual Formation: We believe that worship is a means of spiritual formation. We seek to serve the body of Christ by facilitating encounters with Christ and his transformational grace.

Call and Response: God calls out to us in grace, we respond to him in devotion.

Liturgical framework: Pentecostal theologian Simon Chan1 describes ancient liturgy forms as an inspired gift of the Holy Spirit to the early church… the same Holy Spirit that guided the early church fathers in the selection of the canonical scriptures. Interface seeks honor this gift and its giver by adherence a liturgical framework of the essential elements of (i) the gathering of the community (ii) Word (iii) Sacrament and (vi) dispersal into mission.

Community in Worship: Interface is further committed to have the worshipping body move through the phases of a service in relatively together. This allows for orderly worship, increases unity of spirit, and enhances discernment.

Indigenous design, implementation, and involvement: As treasured as liturgical patterns are, Interface Worship considers them as a framework, not a blue-print. To be truly faithful to the concept of call and response worship, there must be some allowance for individualized calls, and individuated responses, both for the whole body as it is gathered on any occasion, and for the persons in attendance.

Whole Person Worship: Whole person worship is a celebration of the fundamental goodness of the created world, and pays tribute to God’s own commendation of His work when he declared it to be good. In developing these services, we maintain awareness that there are at least twenty-three points or means through and by which persons interface with God in worship – and seek to make many of these means available to the worshipper in any given service as intrinsic to spiritual formation and an applied understanding of the Christian gospel: hence the name Interface Worship

Ancient-future: The motto for Interface Worship is “Ancient essence and innovative expression in worship”. We have shamelessly borrowed art, poetry, symbolism, liturgical components, creeds and theology from much of Christian History and many Christian traditions. The contributions of Robert Webber in this area are acknowledged.

Eucharistic: The Eucharist is usually, but not always, served. At Throne Room Services, a unique communion ritual is crafted that allows the participants to embody one of the themes of the service.

1. Dr. Chan as phrased by Mark Galli in “Stopping Cultural Drift”, Christianity Today, online version at page 3, http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/november/33.66.html?start=3

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