Worship

Our worship follows what is known as the “regulative principle.”  That is, we seek to be sure our worship is regulated by what God has commanded in His Word – our only infallible rule of faith and practice.  We trust the following guide will be of help to you.

Preparation for Worship

Preparation and Prelude – A time for preparing our hearts and minds to worship God – 1 Peter 1:13 – “prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Welcome and Announcements, followed by Silent Prayer – We continue to prepare for worship as we pray silently for a few moments – Ps. 37:7 – “Be still before the LORD.”

Commencement of Worship

Call to Worship – An invitation to the worship of God – Deut. 31:12 – “Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God.”
Opening Hymn – A hymn of praise as we enter God’s presence – Ps. 100:2 – “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.”
Invocation – Declaring our praise to God, ending with the Lord’s Prayer – Ps. 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name;” Matt. 6:9 – “After this manner, therefore, pray ye: ‘Our Father…’”
Old or New Covenant Reading – The Old or New Testament counterpart to the sermon text, where God addresses His people through the reading of His word -  Exodus 24:7 – “And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people” and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.”
The Giving of Tithes – As a part of worship which is acceptable to God, we respond to His promises with our possessions – 1 Cor. 16:1-2 – “Now about the collection for God’s people:… On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”
Doxology (praise) and Prayer – Praising God for his provision – Psalm 150:1 – "Praise the LORD.  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens."

Confession of Sin

Reading of Psalms – These are the responsive readings, in which the people of God publicly carry on a dialogue with Him according to His Word – Ps. 95:2 – "Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms."
Hymns of Response – These are three hymns used as "responses", in which we respond to God's Word to us by worshipping Him in song – Col. 3.:16 – "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Prayer of Confession and Suplication – We confess our sin and present our request before God, in the name of Christ – Ps. 32:5 – "I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord." – John 14:13 – "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do."
Assurance of Pardon – As we have confessed our sin before God through Christ, God assures us of forgiveness – John 20:23 – "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."

The Preaching of the Word

Confessing our Faith – We confess our faith, by reciting together our belief in essenial Biblical doctrines such as the diety, virgin birth, and bodily resurrection of Christ and in the Church he has called out for Himself from every nation (thus "catholic" means "universal" Church, not the "Roman Catholic" Church) – Luke 12:8 – "everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God."
Old or New Covenant Reading – This is the text upon which the sermon is based.  As with all Scripture, listen carefully as the Word of God is read – John 5:39 – "You diligently study the Scriptures..."
Sermon – The preaching of the Word of God proclaims the magnificent truth that our salvation is by Christ alone; The Word is proclaimed, explained and applied by the Minister – 1 Cor. 1:18 – "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

God's Blessing Through His Minister

Hymn of Commitment – We commit to God that we will live that which we have learned from Him – Exodus 19:8 – "And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do."
Benediction (departing blessing) – God gives us His blessing as we depart – Numbers 6:23-24 – "Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel.  You shall say to them: The Lord bless you, and keep you…"