What to Expect in our Worship Service
When you enter the building for a Sunday morning service, you will be greeted by a friendly woman or man who will introduce themselves and take a few minutes to get to know you. Families are always welcome to sit together during the service, but if you have children who would like to visit the nursery, they will introduce you there and answer questions. They will also give you a printed program of the Order of Service and help you find a place to settle. The service normally begins at 9:30 am, but many people arrive before or after that time–no worries.
Our services are a unique blend of mild liturgy and Spirit-led charisma, drawing from various ancient and modern traditions. Our contemporary songs and hymns, confessions and readings are focused on the Scripture text being preached that particular Sunday.
During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter, services follow the church calendar with traditional lectionary readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). During “Ordinary Time,” the rest of the year, services follow whole books of the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about our practice of Expositional Preaching.
Like other churches, ours follows a pattern or form of movements, which always flex while repeating a general order. Overall, the Bible tells the dramatic story of history through the movements of (1) Creation for God’s glory, (2) Man’s Fall into sin, and (3) God’s Redemption in Christ, for the Restoration of all things. Our worship service reflects these actions through the respective cycles of (1) Approach & Praise, (2) Renewal, (3) Commitment and Hope.
How to Follow the Order of Service
In the printed program, the arrows pointing upward↑, downward↓, and side to side ↔ represent the conversational nature of our worship. That is, God speaks to us and we reflect and respond by speaking to Him and then by speaking to one another. The circular arrow represents internal reflection. Words in italics indicate when the congregation is to respond.
Each service begins with a responsive Call to Worship from a Psalm, followed by a Worship Focus, Invocation, Old Testament reading, singing, Gospel Reading, Confession of Sin, Assurance of Mercy, Prayer, Sermon, closing song, Offering and Benediction. We observe the Lord’s Supper at least once a month. Testimonies and prayer requests, as well as special musical offerings frequently compliment our worship.
Immediately after the service, we will welcome everyone for refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.