Vertical Habits

What are Vertical Habits?

More information about Vertical Habits from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Praise: “I love you”

Confession: “I’m Sorry”

  • Confession is about honesty, and honesty is essential to a relationship. Hiding things destroys trust; “coming clean” allows a relationship to flourish. This is why we confess our sin in worship.
  • Psalms: 25, 27, 32, 38, 42, 51, 66, 78, 79, 86, 90, 102, 104, 123, 130, 139, 143

Lament: “Why?”

Illumination: “I’m Listening”

  • Without listening, there is no real dialogue. Listening opens the way for a relationship to happen. Before we go to God in worship, we say that we will listen to God’s words.
  • Psalms: 19, 25, 27, 36, 43, 85, 95, 119

Petition: “Help”

Thanksgiving: “Thank You”

  • “Thank you” is the counterpart of “Help!” The two stay in balance, placing our cries for help in the context of gratitude for help and goodness in the history of a relationship. In worship we offer our thanks to God for all God has done for us.
  • Psalms: 9, 18, 30, 34, 40, 65, 66, 67, 70, 75, 92, 97, 100, 107, 116, 122, 123, 124, 131, 136, 138, 144, 146

Service: “What Can I Do?”

Blessing: