Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
(Hebrews 13:15 ESV)
Sunday Morning Worship
On Sundays, we read the Word, pray the Word, preach the Word, sing the Word, and See the Word (Baptism and Communion).
The preaching is exegetical, meaning our pastors preach through entire books of the Bible, section by section, interpreting the text into an exhortation for the congregation. Because of this, we may spend a or more in a single book as we process every word, but it is for God’s glory and our benefit.
The music is contemporary, but, we recognize and honor the extraordinary value of the previous centuries of Christ-inspired hymns. As such, we also play contemporized hymns.
Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace with us and our children. Baptism is the visible word of God that we are cleansed in Christ’s blood, buried with him unto death, that we might rise with him and walk in newness of life. In the Reformed Church, baptism is always performed in the context of a congregation of God’s people. The congregation commits itself to the spiritual nurture of the infant, child, or adult being baptized. Baptism is the mark of corporate as well as individual faith. The journey of faith that begins in individual baptism continues in the church community.
What happens during baptism?
In baptism, God promises by grace alone
to forgive our sins;
to adopt us into the Body of Christ, the church;
to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us;
and to resurrect us to eternal life.
Through baptism, Christ calls us to new obedience,
to love and trust God completely;
to forsake the evil of the world;
and to live a new and holy life.
Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is Christ’s gift to the church. On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples. “This is my body that is for you,” he said. “Do this in remembrance of me.” He also took a cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
Following Jesus’ example and instruction, when the church celebrates the Lord’s Supper we receive gifts of bread and wine; we give thanks to God; we break the bread and pour the wine; we share the food and drink with each other. In these simple actions, believers experience a profound mystery: Christ himself is present and his life passes into us and is made ours. As baptism is the sign and seal of our ingrafting into Christ, so the Lord’s Supper is a means by which Christ continually nourishes, strengthens and comforts us.
What about children? Children stay with the adults through the early part of the service to sing and pray with us. Then, Children’s Ministry leaders escort the children, Pre-K through 5th grade, to their own, age-specific classes. They come back to the sanctuary at the close, usually during the final songs. Teenagers stay with the adults to hear the sermon.
5th Sunday Worship
Every 5th Sunday things you may find things are a little different. All children stay in the sanctuary with the adults for the whole service. Crying babies, noisy kids, random bathroom breaks, and surprise outbursts from the kids are OK. We love that you bring them to church.
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