The Elements Found in Our Worship Services
The Call to Worship - God opens by inviting us, through His Word, unto a sacred dialogue, where we are called by Him into His presence and are reminded of why we are present – to worship the One who is worthy, to be renewed as saints, and called unto life as sinners.
Congregational Singing - God instructs us how are to approach him for all that He has done: SING! Through the singing of psalms and hymns we reinforce most effectually the central message of Scripture - great is The Lord and greatly to be praised. Music focuses the whole man - mind, heart, and soul upon the presence of the Almighty as we recount His faithful work in creation and redemption.
Confession of Sin and Pardon - In view of God’s holiness and matchless glory, and by right of His presence with His people, it is right that we confess our love of the world and the things of the world, saint and sinner alike. Apart from Christ no man can see the father, for all are unworthy, defiled by sin and under the weight of the curse. We confess that we might be renewed in our pursuit of becoming the like One we worship, all the while we admitting that it is solely by Divine pardon, through the blood and righteousness of Christ applied to us, that we are made worthy to enter and be heard by the Triune Lord.
Confession of Faith - As a corporate body we confess regularly what we believe in order that we might not only learn and be reminded of the doctrines of Scripture, but exercise a historical connection to the church of Christ throughout previous generations.
Prayer - A means of grace, wherein we offer up our desires unto God, for those things according to His will, in the name of Christ that includes our confession of sins, thankfulness for God’s sovereign work in the lives of men and His mercies culminating in the giving of Christ.
Tithes and Offerings - The giving of our tithes and offerings is an exercise of public allegiance and acknowledgment that Christ is King and Head of the Church. We give in order to support the work of the church, both here and abroad, unto the ministry of word and deed.
Scripture Reading - The Word of God as it is read is itself a means of grace and is used by God to nurture His Church, save the lost, and proclaim that truth that is eternal and imperishable, the revealed Word of God.
The Preaching of God’s Word - The high water mark of any Christian worship service is God speaking to men by the Holy Spirit through preaching of His Word. By it we are called to faith, and by it we are nourished and strengthened in that faith, in righteousness and holiness. Through the preaching of the Word of God we are evangelized and discipled in the grace of Christ our Lord.
Sacrament - There are two sacraments: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. They are a means of grace wherein God calls and consecrates His people unto holy service. In the Lord’s Supper we feast upon Christ by faith and are nourished to pursue righteousness and the Kingdom of Christ. In Covenant Baptism, the promise of God unto salvation and grace are offered and held forth to those who receive by faith the grace testified to in the washing of Spirit, signed and sealed in Baptism.
Benediction - As God had the first word, He also has the last. The Lord sends us with his blessing, as our Sovereign King and Great High Priest, to live in His power for His glory and our continued delight in Him.