God-Centered. God is the focus of our worship. We offer our worship to Him for Gis glory through His Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of his Holy Spirit.
Biblical. As we gather, we come to read, pray, sing, and receive the preaching of God's word. The expositional preaching of the scriptures sits at the heart of our weekly gathering.
Participatory. Through our liturgy, our worship invites all of us to be actively engaged in offering worship to God. O
Transforming. As we pray, sing, read, and preach God's Word, our gatherings are a means by which the Spirit of God conforms us to the image of Christ.
Multicultural. The form in which we express our worship is shaped by a desire to represent the diversity of race, age, and culture present in our church and our neighborhood.
Formative. Worship should help shape and form us into the unique people of God within a community marked by mutual love and affection.
Elements of Our Worship
Prayer. Acts 2:42 describes the early church's gathering as consisting of "the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." In the same way, we express our dependence on God for life and godliness as we pray multiple times throughout our gathering. Our pastors lead us in prayer throughout our service.
Singing. Our goal in singing is expressed well in Psalm 96:24: "Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" Worshipping through song gives us the opportunity to proclaim the Lord's greatness and glory with a united voice as "address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with our hearts" (Eph. 5:19).
Readings. Just as Paul exhorted Timothy to "devote (himself) to the public reading of scripture" (1 Tim 4:13), we believe that reading passages from scripture is one of the most important parts of our time gathered to worship.
Confession & Assurance. We take time every Sunday morning to collectively confess our sins through prayer (Psalm 66:18; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 1:9). We do this to remind ourselves of the holiness of God and the reality of sin so that we are ready to be refreshed by the good news of the gospel.
Expository Preaching. The preaching of the Bible is the centerpiece of our gathering. Our hope in hearing from God's word is that we would be renewed in heart and mind. Our typical pattern is to preach through books or large sections of Scripture verse by verses.
The Lord's Supper. We celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday. Acts 2:42 indicates that the earliest church broke bread when they gathered, which is likely an allusion to the Lord's Supper. Later in Acts 20:7, the breaking of bread is mentioned as a fixed part of the church's worship gathering. The Lord's Supper builds us up as God's people, reminding us of our union with the crucified and risen Christ.