Many times the services of non-denominational churches (ours included) have a structure that roughly conforms to 1) worship songs – 2) announcements – 3) message. Hopefully, there is some significant variety added to that approach, but, in any case, it’s a good idea to take a look at what that model lacks from time to time.
For instance, modern churches have often completely done away with the idea of confession. If I’m honest, I have to admit that sometimes it can be really helpful to the members of the congregation (and myself) to remind us all that we are still sinners! Only God is perfect. Our sin is wiped out by Jesus’ sacrifice – but that doesn’t mean that we should pretend it doesn’t exist, or excuse our pride, greed, lust, etc… without a second thought! We did a service on confession last year and basically borrowed the statement used by Lutherans to guide our folks through a corporate time of confession. Simple, effective and definitely appropriate!