Worship is the main focus of the gathering of our church, and so our official program as a church is that of gathering for worship. There are other activities that we occasionally have to provide fellowship (particularly after church worship times and occasionally on other special occasions). We are first and foremost the gathering of Christ's people to worship Him together.
Our worship is traditional—but not for tradition’s sake. Our worship is traditional because it reflects the teaching of Scripture.
After a word of welcome and announcements, there may be occasional introductory remarks to the children about the sermon, and some pre-worship singing, the service itself begins with a call to worship and the invocation—a prayer which invokes God’s blessing upon our time of worship.
Each of the elements (or parts) of worship is divinely ordained, and our desire is that, in worship, we would follow the commands of the only King and Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ. We sing predominantly psalms, we pray, we read Scripture, and we have the preaching of the Word, all in accordance with His direction. The sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) are also part of public worship.
You may note several things in our worship which might distinguish us from many other congregations today:
In summary, you could say that our worship is designed in such a way that the apostles (the early church leaders) would have recognized it as such—as the worship of the true and living God. We seek to worship according to apostolic example and, accordingly, with divine approval.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS
As Protestants, we believe that there are two “sacraments,” viz., baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Sacraments are means (or vehicles) of grace, by which, through sensible signs (i.e., symbols which can be seen, touched, etc.), Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented, sealed, and applied to believers.
Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant which is applied, by sprinkling or pouring of water, to professing Christians who have never been baptized, as well as to the children of believers. This sacrament symbolizes the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating the elect, in cleansing them, and in setting them apart for God’s service. Baptism, which is the initiatory rite of the covenant, is only to be administered once to an individual.
The Lord’s Supper (also known as “communion”) is a perpetual ordinance in the church, to be observed until Jesus comes again for His bride, the church. Also known as the Eucharist (from the Greek word for “thanksgiving”), the Lord’s Supper symbolizes, through bread and wine, the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. In this church, two elders are required for the administration of the Lord’s Supper and is done generally once per month. Those who meet the formal requirements of valid Trinitarian baptism (that is, baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, administered in a true manifestation of the church) and membership in some evangelical church; and the vital requirements of a genuine faith in Jesus Christ and a life of repentance, are invited to partake of this holy meal. We have a simple form we ask those who wish to participate to complete and give to a pastor prior to the service. If you have any questions about participating in communion, please speak with a pastor.