About Our Worship
Christian worship is created and shaped by the good news of what the Holy Triune God has done for us in his Son. When the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, is grasped by faith it cannot help but to create worship and praise and adoration in the hearts of all who believe.
Because the gospel says that a holy God is pleased with his people through the imputation of Christ's rigthteousness, Christians are rescued from a dead formalism that tries to make God pleased with them by what they do. Because the gospel says that the Father and the Son are producing a Holy Spirit wrought sanctity in the hearts of His people, Christians are rescued from a shallow emotionalism that turns emotional experience into the goal of worship rather than the glory of God.
The gospel produces worship that is serious and joyous, that is full of reverence and awe, as well as full of intimacy and communion with God because that's what God through the Gospel creates in the hearts of God's saints.
The gospel and worship are inseparable. And it is in that light that we, following God's Word, have shaped our worship service to conform to the basic outlines of the gospel, doing what God has commanded us to do, knowing that God will use what he has commanded to bless and encourage and strengthen the faith of his people and preserve them till the end.
This gospel-framed worship also reflects the "Holy Conversation" which God's people have their Redeemer in the gospel:
Coming to Worship
- God greets us with his promise of grace and mercy
- God calls us to his worship
- We respond with praise
- We hear God's holy will
- We confess our sins
- We hear God's assurance of pardon
- We praise Him for making us right through the blood of Jesus His Son
- We bring our petitions before our God, taking advantage of the access to the throne of grace that we have because of Christ's completed work
Hearing God's Word
- We hear God's word expounded in the sermon, hearing about God's gospel and our gospel motivated response
- Once a month we celebrate the Lord's Supper, the "visible word" of Christ's body and blood shed for sinners
Giving Our Response
- We respond with praise for the word we've heard
- We give our tithes and offerings as a response to God's free grace
- We praise God for his goodness to us in providing for our needs
- We pray that God would use these gifts to the building up of the Kingdom of his Son
Departing in Peace
- God sends us out with His peace