Here is an outline of how
we prepare, and what we accomplish in our morning worship service...
8:30AM -- Volunteers arrive to set up our worship
space (sound system, decorations, signage, children's
room preparation, snacks, worship folder folding, musicians' practice,
by piano, and stringed instruments.
sing a combination of hymns, praise songs [with
content], and incorporate Psalm singing every Sunday. The songs
we sing in our worship service reflect the words of Scripture and
match the message of the day (We also incorporate choir pieces from
time to time, so if you
voice your praise to God in song with a more "practiced & technical" offering
we invite you to join our choir.) Our desire is to present beautiful
music that encourages singing from the heart. Our desire is to present
a more "orchestral" sound
but we also present variety of music styles. We are certainly
inviting all who are musically inclined to present an offering to
If your family is in need of childcare
during the service, we have an AWESOME facility with plenty of
Be assured that we have a "safety
your children with
trained and qualified attendants (look for those wearing
blue smocks). Our volunteers have all willingly submitted to
appropriate background checks.
Many of our families embrace an "intergenerational"
approach to worship, training children to remain and participate
in the service -- it's all
the desire to train our children at an early age about the importance
approaching the Lord in corporate worship. However,
some of our youngest members do require "extra attention." At
these times we encourage our young ones to access our childcare
room. The entire service can
be viewed in this room through closed circuit television. We
also have a seating area just outside of our sanctuary that provides
privacy, but is also well within hearing range of the
If families need assistance with
children during any time of the service, we have volunteers
eager to provide help!
9:45AM -- Welcome and Announcements (We like to
take care of family matters up front before the worship service
begins). On certain Sundays, our children may present a song, or
recite a portion of the Westminster Catechism. We also make special
mention of any variations to our order of worship, and may practice
a hymn or song if singing it for the first time.
Our typical Sunday Order of Worship is based on the following
God is the focus of our worship -- His glorious attributes and
His wondrous deeds are ever before us. We approach God with reverence
and with joyful anticipation. This means that we must approach
way that He has designated. We believe that this is best done by
acknowledging the directions of Scripture. Both the Old and New
Testament sketch out a "covenant renewal" service as the preferable
way for ordering a service. The following is what our service order
typically looks like...
-- Preparation for worship -- An
opening reflection on the focus of the day's theme followed by
-- Opening 'Songs of Ascent' -- A musical
piece that is more like a prayer in nature as we prepare to
the Lord and with His people.
-- Opening Hymn -- Our corporate singing
will always be accompanied with the words in our worship
folder. Trinity Hymnals are also available for the hymns
that we sing. We also have an "opening hymn" of
the month to help everyone to become more familiar with the
wealth of doctrine that they provide. We invite you to visit
Service" tab on our website to view each Sunday's
Order of Worship (posted before each Sunday service).
- CALL TO WORSHIP
A responsive reading from the Scriptures, usually a Psalm.
- CONFESSION AND
-- Prayer of Adoration, Confession, and Assurance of
Pardon (Prayed by an elder, or corporately)
-- Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual Song of praise
- CONSECRATION BY THE WORD
-- Old Testament Readings
-- Singing of a Psalm
-- New Testament Readings
-- Hymn or Spiritual Song
-- Sermon -- It is recommended that the
congregation have a Bible open as each message is tied directly
to a text of scripture (we have some to loan out each morning).
Expect a message that usually lasts a half-hour (give or take).
- COMING TOGETHER AS THE CHURCH
--- This phrase comes from the book of 1 Corinthians
as the Apostle Paul gives direction for how all where encouraged
participate in the public worship service in an orderly way.
-- Elder's Response --
This is a call or charge to respond to the message proclaimed (This
to speak with
individuals who have a spiritual
concern, or question).
-- Creed or Confession
-- Pastoral prayer for the congregation with the Lord's Prayer
- COMMUNION THROUGH THE SACRAMENTS
-- Hymn of Preparation
-- The Sacraments -- We observe a sacrament every
week so that we may remember the gospel truths proclaimed. Therefore,
observe the Lord's Supper nearly every week, however on Sunday's
when we receive new members in
we do not come to the Table. The whole idea is to recall that in
these two sacraments of Christ's church are uniquely set apart to
communicate the blessings and privilege of being a member of God's
family. This can only happen with the assembly of God's people and
is the highlight of each Sunday's service.
- COMMISSIONING OF THE CHURCH
-- Threefold AMEN
11:15AM -- Coffee, refreshments, and "fellowship" time
11:30AM -- Children's & Adult Sunday School
(Adults reconvene in the "sanctuary" for
an Adult Sunday School class that usually expands on a theme from
the morning message, and is more interactive in nature.) We
for those younger and older than Kindergarten age.
12:15PM-- The adults begin to assist with a modest "clean-up" procedure.
12:20ish -- The Children's Sunday School class concludes.
12:30PM -- We vacate the building, and often
times go out to lunch-- Join us!
-- On the last Sunday of
the month we host an "all church picnic" for
the entire congregation in the patio area of our facility. It's
a wonderful way to fellowship and meet someone new!
That's our Sabbath morning routine; we pray that it is honoring
to the Lord most of all!