What is Worship?
We believe God created humankind to worship. Worship means to give the object of your affection worth. First, worship is a conversation. We hear God’s word spoken, preached, and sung, and we respond with praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness. Second, worship is a holy gathering. Believers come together on a day God sets aside, to rest in Him, remember His faithfulness, and rejoice in the gospel!
Below are different elements in our worship service explained:
Call to Worship
God regularly calls His people into His presence to worship. Every element of worship is a response to who God is and what He has done for humankind. Sometimes we simply hear God’s word read, other times we listen and respond with words from His holy, infallible, and unchanging word.
God not only speaks through His word, He also hears us when we call upon him. This is prayer. We ask Him to make our worship real and pleasing to Him through invocation.
A theologian once said, “We are what we love.” Each of us gives praise to something. Whether it is our favorite sports team, family, or career. What we love shapes us. As Christians, we believe God deserves all of our praise. One way we praise Him is to unite our voices in song, so that we might adore the one, true, living, and active Lord of all.
Confession of Sin
God’s word says humankind is born in sin, guilty of Adam’s first transgression. Indeed, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. God, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, reconciled His people to Himself. Although God has accomplished salvation through Jesus, humankind still battles with sin. We come before God every week to confess our sin, both corporately and individually, knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive us.
God’s holy and infallible word assures us that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Forgiveness is offered freely to sinners who place their faith in Christ. When we receive assurance we are reminded that God’s grace is sufficient.
Assurance of Pardon
God is the giver of every spiritual and material blessing. As His people, we respond by giving back to God, confident that He will further His kingdom and build His church. We give joyfully out of what He has already given us.
God has revealed himself in Scripture. Because of that, we teach from the Bible what He has said. Sometimes this can be difficult to understand, or hard to apply to our lives. God gives us preachers and teachers to help us.
“As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death.” Communion is the celebration of Christ’s death by partaking bread and wine. It is a sign and seal of God's grace that nourishes our faith and confirms his love for us. Through communion, we feast by faith and actually commune with the living God.