In like practice with the early church, we gather on Sundays in public worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, as He was raised from the grave on a Sunday. We come in modest attire and invite everyone to arrive as early as 10:30 am and 5:00 for fellowship over coffee and snacks. Help yourself, and we would love to get to know you during this time as well as after the service.
A musical prelude will indicate when that the service will soon begin, and those who have arrive early can also use this time for prayer. At 11:00 am & 5:30 pm we open with some announcements, brief teaching, and prayer, after which we move into worship. All ages are welcome to stay throughout the service (there is no childcare at this time), and we encourage children and youth to worship and learn with their parents. The service concludes around noon.
In the front of the banquet room is our pulpit, positioned forward to emphasize the importance of Bible exposition. The pulpit itself not only assists the preacher but also obscures him: the preached message of Scripture is paramount, not the preacher (who will wear darkly-colored clothes for the same purpose). Centered in front of the pulpit is an open Bible, further highlighting Scripture's centrality as well as its availability to us.
ELEMENTS OF WORSHIP:
Based on what Scripture defines for us, Reformed churches developed three marks of any gathering calling themselves "churches:" 1) the preaching of the gospel, 2) the administration of the sacraments, and 3) the use of church discipline. As such, we believe the message of Scripture must permeate the service, properly explained so as to point us back to the good news of salvation in Christ. (The pastors preach from the New American Standard Bible or NASB.) We also administer the ordinances which are the Lord's Supper (every four weeks) and baptism (as the Lord blesses us with new converts). Finally, we also practice church discipline, which calls believers to obedience under Christ, promoting holiness and unity in the congregation.
Other elements adorn our service and remind us of our dependence upon the grace of God. First is prayer, wherein we petition God for His mercies and favor, all the while thanking Him for His continued blessings. Second is song, wherein we lift our voices and hearts in praise and adoration; our singing is congregational, as found in the Hymns of Grace hymnal, and the musical accompaniment utilizes mainly traditional arrangements on piano, organ, or orchestra. May God help us to glorify Him in all we do.
SAMPLE AM ORDER OF SERVICE:
Below is a sample of our Sunday morning service schedule (you can also check for our current bulletin, typically posted a day before service).
Prelude— “Tu Es Petra”—Mulet
(A short time for prayer and preparation before service.)
Welcome, Announcements, and Prayer
Call to Worship
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’ ” (Ps 122:1).
Hymn— No. 31, “This is My Father’s World”*
Bible Reading— Luke 1:1–4
“Scripture cannot be broken.” (Jn 10:35b).
Hymn— No. 377, “May the Mind of Christ My Savior”*
Followed by Pastoral Prayer*
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy
Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried; He descended into hell**; the third day He rose again from
the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the
Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church;*** the communion of
saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life
** this refers to the realm of the dead, not the place of punishment.
*** “catholic” means “universal” church, the true church in all times and places.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise
Him above, ye heav’nly host: praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Creation and Gender | 1 Tm 2:13–15 (“Honoring God in the Church”)
Communion— Every baptized believer following Christ in repentance and faith is welcome to
participate in the Lord’s Supper.
Hymn— No. 170, “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”*
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every
circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” (2 Th 3:16).
Postlude— “Fugue in G Minor”—Dupré
SAMPLE PM ORDER OF SERVICE:
Below is a sample of our Sunday evening service schedule.
Prelude— “Auf Meinen Lieben Gott” (Organ)
(A short time for silent prayer and preparation before service.)
Welcome, Announcements, and Prayer
Call to Worship
“I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every
day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.” (Ps 145:1–2).
Hymn— No. 36, “Immortal, Invisible”* (vv. 1–2, 4)
“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the
LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly
pardon” (Is 55:6–7).
Followed by a prayer of confession
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you
will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Is 30:15)..
Affirmation of Faith
Spurgeon’s Catechism Q#73: How is the Word to be read and heard that it
may become effectual to salvation?
That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend to it with
diligence, (Proverbs 8:34) preparation, (1 Peter 2:1,2) and prayer, (Psalm
119:18) receive it with faith, (Hebrews 4:2) and love, (2 Thessalonians 2:10) lay
it up into our hearts, (Psalm 119:11) and practice it in our lives. (James 1:25)
Followed by a prayer of thanksgiving
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.
Bittersweet Revelation | Rv 10:1–11 (“The Revelation of Jesus Christ”)
Hymn— No. 364, “How Firm a Foundation”*
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Phil 4:23).
Postlude— “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten”—Bach (Organ)