John Stott, a widely respected evangelical author, has said: “True worship is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable.” We agree. We count it a privilege that by God’s grace we can come into His presence in worship. “For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised.” (Psalm 96:4). We delight in worshiping God, praising Him for who He is and what He has done for us.
During our Sunday morning Worship Services we regularly include various parts of Worship.
We typically begin with a Call to Worship, reading some Scripture in which the living God invites us to come before Him proclaiming our devotion and admiration to Him.
Prayer is part of our Service. We bring to God our petitions, our requests as we thank Him for His blessings and pray for our own needs and for others.
Our word “confess” comes from Latin terms meaning “to say with.” Frequently we include a Confession of Faith, reciting together one of the historic Christian creeds, or a Confession of Sin, a unison prayer in which we express to God sorrow for our sin and ask for forgiveness.
We include congregational singing. “It is good to sing praises to our God,” Psalm 147:1 tells us.
Our service includes a Sermon, a time of teaching during which we sit under God’s Word as one of our pastors gives explanation and application of a passage from the Bible.
An offering is taken during the Service, for we believe that giving is a part of Worship. In gratitude and praise we return to God a portion of all He has given to us.
The Sacraments, Communion and Baptism, are an important element in Worship. We celebrate Communion once a month (typically the first Sunday).
Our service concludes with the Benediction. Our Pastor, on God’s behalf, speaks words of blessing on the worshipers. We leave refreshed and renewed to go and serve God in the week to come.