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 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, 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. Behind the pulpit is a curtain to reduce the distractions of the room.
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).
(A short time for silent prayer and preparation before service.)
Announcements, Opening Teaching, and Prayer
CALL TO WORSHIP
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the
LORD in holy array” (Ps 29:2).
No. 425, “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”
Acts 20:1–16, Brian Hubbard
No. 407, “It Is Well with My Soul”
No. 379, “I’d Rather Have Jesus”
The Lord’s Insight and The Darkness of the Soul | Mark 14:12–21
MARK: The Suffering Servant, Shaun Marksbury
No. 356, “I Know Whom I Have Believed”
“The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD make His face
shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His
countenance on you, and give you peace” (Nm 6:24–26).
“Lift Up Your Heads”—Handel
* Congregational singing; all those who are able, please stand.
To maintain a worshipful atmosphere, please refrain from clapping.