How We Worship
Nothing is more important or urgent in life than worship. We were made to worship, and so, regardless of who we are or what we claim to believe, we all worship something or someone.The only question is whether or not we will worship the right One in the right way.
Revelation 14:7 explains, “Fear God and give Him glory…and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Because our God is not only Creator, but also the Only Savior, we want all of life to be one of worship, in particular, we desire our Sunday gatherings to honor Him. We come together, not out of duty, but delight, for worshipping Him is our great and joyful privilege.
Giving Glory to God: Our services are aimed, first and foremost, at the pleasure of God. He is the both the Subject and our most important audience. Our desire is to offer worship that is heartfelt and genuine and not a performance.
Encouraging to God’s People: If our first aim is met, the second is sure to follow. As we worship the Lord, God’s people are edified, equipped, comforted, exhorted, and informed.
In Line with God’s Word: In everything – the songs, the prayers, the preaching – all of it must be in line with God’s Holy Word. We are people of the Book, the Bible, God’s Holy, Innerrant Word and so, we sing the Bible, we preach the Bible, we pray the Bible, we read it and submit our lives to its authority.
This commitment to God’s Word shapes the words of our songs and the style of our preaching and teaching. The central act of our worship service is the preaching of God’s Word. We are committed to careful, Spirit-filled exposition of Scripture. This means that we normally work systematically through books of the Bible, verse by verse. We believe that when the Bible speaks, God speaks and we love to hear Him as the Spirit applies the Word to our hearts and lives.
A Blend of Old and New:
You’ll find that the style of our music selection reflects our congregation which includes both young and old. We relish in singing from different genres and different centuries. It can be fast, slow, or soft. We use a variety of instruments, everything from guitars and drums, to piano and keyboard. Most importantly in all of our worship is the sound of God’s people singing.
Our services include many different prayers. Often you will here us pray for God to work mightily, to do something in our midst that can only be ascribed to His power and for His praise. We pray prayers of confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. These are not obligatory prayers, weary with overused words and without meaning, but are the prayers of a people who know how desperately they need God’s precious mercies and sustaining grace.