How We Worship

 

Our worship seeks to be connected to the rich history and tradition of Christianity while at the same time engaging with the best of what contemporary Christianity has to offer.  Most importantly we come to worship to honor and give thanks to God for who he is and what he has done.

Here is a list of the different things we commonly do in our worship services.

  • The Call to Worship is God’s invitation to us to come into his presence to worship Him by focusing our hearts and minds solely upon God’s nature and thanking Him for what He has done. 

  • The Invocation is a prayer, in which we call upon God to bless our worship of Him. 

  • The Affirmation/Confession of Faith is a statement of our core beliefs through which we attest and renew our convictions concerning the person and work of God.  

  • Giving is the thankful response of humble believers to the provisions of our Lord. Tithe, meaning tenth, is the amount God required of His people in the Old Testament.  Our Offering is any amount beyond the tithe that we give.

  • The Prayer for God's World and God's People is a public prayer that tells the world we are depending on God’s strength.  In it, we pray for the needs of our church, its members, our community, and our world. 

  • In The Prayer for Understanding, we ask the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of both the speaker and the hearer so that the Word of God may be spoken clearly, understood, and responded to in such a way that lives are changed. 

  • The reading and preaching of God’s Word is central to our worship because all we do in worship is consequential to what God has made known.  The Sermon explains the Word of God in order to convict us and direct us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • In the Confession of Sin, we bring our brokenness, failures, inadequacies, and sin to God because we know there is sufficient, boundless and free grace already there.  We repent because we are forgiven, not to gain forgiveness. 

  • The Assurance of Pardon is God’s promise to us that our sins are forgiven and our guilt and shame are gone.  Our pardon is established on Jesus Christ’s atoning work on the cross in our behalf. 

  • Baptism is the placing of the covenant sign and seal of membership in the body of Christ upon the recipient in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It does not save anyone, but marks one off as belonging to the Lord. 

  • In The Lord’s Supper, we express our faith by eating and drinking Jesus Christ’s body and blood, spiritually present in the bread and cup. The elements are means by which our souls are nourished and strengthened by the grace of God. 

  • Words of Institution – The Words of Institution direct us to understand that the Lord’s Supper was established by Jesus Christ.  It is not, therefore, our Table, but the Lord’s Table, and all who are baptized believers are invited to come and partake.

  • The Benediction is not a prayer but God’s blessing upon us. It reminds us that God is not sending us out into the world this week alone, but He will provide all we need in order to accomplish all He calls us to do.