The Elements of Worship

Memorial Chapel at Baylor University

While there are several ways of gathering to worship our Triune God ( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), we try to include elements that have been present with the Church from her early times. We strive for our hymns and songs to be both ancient and new. I share with you the way we structure Baylor Chapel.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritualworship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 1-3


Prelude (instrumental)

Chiming of the bell(calls us to enter God’s time [Kairos] and to pray)

Welcome & Call to Worship

Praise and Thanksgiving

Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16)

Glory to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (expressions of Trinitarian worship)

Seeking God’s Grace and Plan

Prayers of God’s People –  (prayers can be combination of extemporaneous and written prayers)

Confession- Assurance- of Pardon (from the Scriptures) & PastoralPrayer (Intercessions, prayers for our  world & The Lord’s Prayer)

Passing the Peace & Greeting One another 

Hearing the Word

Old Testament Reading,

Reader: Your word is a lamp unto my feet, … and a light unto my path. (response)

The Gospel

Witness through Art (songs, poetry, liturgical dancing, etc.)


Responding to God’s Call

Song/Hymn of Response


By Carlos Colon

Composer, liturgist of global sacred music

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