What is Scattered Worship?
Scattered Worship refers to the last Sunday of each month. On those Sundays worship will still take place, but not with preaching, singing, and ordinances. On those Sundays, we will worship through working for the welfare of our city, loving our neighbors well, and taking a sabbath. We will provide a quarterly schedule of Scattered Worship dates including the corresponding information and instruction about what we are inviting our people to do on that day.
We love the idea of Scattered Worship for a couple of reasons. First of all, we are creating space in our lives to actually live out what we profess to believe. We think that is huge. Secondly, we are building into our DNA, that worship is more than a weekly experience of preaching and singing. Despite our deep belief in and love for corporate worship gatherings, we recognize that for too long we have settled for an idea of worship that has been narrowly oriented around a building and an event. We are working to re-orient around a fuller, more biblical picture of worship. In Isaiah 1 and Amos 5 the people of God are harshly rebuked for their gatherings – gatherings instituted and commanded by God Himself – because despite their meetings they had neglected love for and service to the oppressed. Scattered Worship reminds us true worship finds its fullest expression when it is more than gatherings, preaching, and songs. (James 1:27)
Unity & Diversity
By nature, the triune God exists in a state of perpetual, absolute, and unbreakable unity. Therefore, one of the primary results of faith in the gospel is unity. A lack of unity on our part with other brothers and sisters, whether they be in our own church, in our city or elsewhere, is either a lack of faith in, or a forgetting of the gospel. One of the main things Jesus prayed for before going to the cross to secure our reconciliation to God was for unity among his followers. Each year the Emmaus body joins with other local churches for their gatherings on Unity & Diversity Sunday as a tangible expression of the unity found in the Gospel.
Love Your Neighbor Sunday
On “Love Your Neighbor Sundays” we aim to pursue deeper and meaningful relationships with the people that we live life in close proximity with every day: our neighbors. For some, this may look like simply walking next door and meeting our neighbors for the first time. For others, it may look like meeting a specific need of a neighbor or even doing something fun for the entire block. Whatever it looks like, our objective is to love our neighbors well and make the Gospel known.
On “Serve Sundays” we will work together as a body for the welfare of our city. These might be through a single-serve project that we all participate in, or it might be multiple projects across the city, each with the purpose of loving and serving our city. Anyone can participate in our Serve Events, whether you are an Emmaus Church partner or a guest. Details about Serve Events will be posted on REALM as the date approaches.
A “Sabbath Sunday” is simply a day that is set aside to give rest to our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls. Taking a Sabbath may look different to each individual. You should feel free to do anything that brings rest to your body and soul as an act of worship for the ultimate purpose of glorifying God.
January 31 - Love Your Neighbor
February 28 - Serve
March 28 - Sabbath
April 25 - Serve
May 30 - Sabbath
June 27 - Love Your Neighbor
July 25 - Serve
August 29 - Sabbath
September 26 - Unity & Diversity
October 31 - Love Your Neighbor
November 28 - Serve
December 26 - Sabbath