Sunday Morning Worship
The Purpose of Worship
Public worship is a meeting of our Triune God with His people. Christians come to participate in worship rather than to be entertained (Romans 12:1). God Himself, who promises to be present with us, is the one Audience (Deuteronomy 6:13; Luke 4:8). The goal of public worship, and of each element of it, is the glory of God, as He walks us through the Good News each Lord’s Day. Therefore, even though worshipers enjoy and benefit from worship, our purpose is to exalt God and not to please people.
The Nuts and Bolts of Worship
When you arrive on Sunday morning, you will find some people wearing their “Sunday best,” while others dress in blue jeans and t-shirts. Most will be somewhere in between. We care far more about the posture of your heart than the design of your clothes.
Greeters and ushers will be available to assist you. We realize that questions such as “Where is the nursery?” and “What Sunday school classes are available?” and “Where is the bathroom?” are important, and we’ll be delighted to help you.
Approximately ten minutes prior to the worship service, we will begin a time of (relatively) quiet meditation in the sanctuary for those who desire to pray prior to worship. Others will continue greeting friends—old and new—and engaging in fellowship in the foyer and elsewhere, entering the sanctuary only when the worship service begins.
Nursery is available for infants and toddlers, and the church balcony also features a cry room. Children generally stay with their parents in the worship service until just before the sermon, when many depart for Children’s Church. Others remain in the service with their parents.
We sing a mix of Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to a range of instrumentation, and pay special attention to the theological integrity of the lyrics.
The Order of Worship
Our Order of Worship reflects the dialogical, or back and forth, pattern of biblical worship. God acts and we, His people, respond (Exodus 20:2-3). Our worship is therefore centered upon the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the faithful verse-by-verse exposition of God's Word, the administration of the Sacraments, and prayer (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 88).
A typical order of worship might look like the following:
Call to Worship
Hymn/ Song of Praise
Reading of the Law
Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon
Hymn/ Song of Assurance
Confession of Faith
Hymn/ Song of Faith
Hymn/ Song of Response
Come join us as we seek to shine the spotlight on Jesus Christ in worship!
ASL interpretation is provided for the 9:00am service. Please call the church office at 636-861-1870 for more details.