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The Way We Worship

Liturgy:
The "Form" of Our Sunday Worship Service

While many have tried to malign the word Liturgy, some facts and common sense will clear up the mud slung from ignorance! Liturgy does not have to become rigid and fixed; especially with the incredible amount of Scriptural resources that God has given to us to glorify Him in worship! Liturgy simply means "form" or "pattern."
Go to a church that claims it has no liturgy and surprisingly they will have a bulletin or even without one, the pastor will still "direct" the worship in some pattern he has in his head— there is always a "way its done." God has directed us by precept and example how we are to worship and simply coordinating those prescribed elements in a logical order is helpful in making the worship unified and flow well. Shooting from the hip didn't work well in the old west either! 😁

Below are two links that you can either open our Liturgy Brochure using the left image; or download and save it to your computer using the right image. The Worship Outline is also displayed for you below those links with Scriptures.

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

We great the saints and announce any necessary facts or upcoming events that are relevant to the community of saints. (cf. 1Pet. 5:14)

PRELUDE

We gather and quiet our thoughts, feelings and will in anticipation of being together in the presence of the Triune God. (cf. Psalm 2:11; 5:7; 94:19; Heb. 12:1-2, 18-29)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Our choir invites us to enter the presence of the Living God. (cf. Psalm 96:2; Ps. 132:7; 1Chr. 16:29; 2Chron. 30:8; Isa. 55:1)

GATHERING SONG

The congregation responds with a song expressing our joyful desire to worship God together. (cf. Psalm 66:1; 81:1; 95:1-3; 100; 132:7)

INVOCATION AND LORD'S PRAYER

The pastor (our "teaching elder" cf. 1Tim. 5:17) asks God to help us in our worship, calling our attention to God's greatness, justice, mercy and love in the Lord Jesus Christ. IN respsonse, we pray together using the Lord's Prayer. (cf. Mat. 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)

HYMN OF PRAISE

We use both traditional hymns, the Psalms, and contemporary compositions. (cf. Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16)

RESPONSIVE READING OF GOD'S WORD

We speak together of God and his ways using one of the Psalms of God's Word. (Biblical examples of responsive reading can be found in Ps. 20 and 121. The early church continued this ancient practice of unifiying their voices in the declaration of God's Word!)

CALL TO HOLY LIVING & PRAYER OF CONFESSION

In God's presence we consider our ways and, where necessary, confess our sins in private prayer to God. (cf. 1Pet. 1:13-15, 3:8-18; 1Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-5:7; Ps. 119:9)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Pastor directs us to various Bible passages that proclaim God's forgiveness though Jesus Christ. (cf. 1Joh. 1:9; Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 2:13; 1Joh. 2:12)

SONGS OF PRAISE

Freshly reminded of our perfection and forgiveness in Christ, we praise God by singing together with contemporary songs. (cf. Exo. 15:2; Ps. 22:23-26, 150:2-5; Rom. 15:11; Rev. 19:5)

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH

Filled with joy we profess our faith using Scripture or a confessional statements such as the Apostles' Creed. (cf. 1Ki. 8:35; 2Chr. 6:26; Mat. 10:32; Rom. 10:9; Phi. 2:11)

OUR WORSHIP IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We express our commitment to Christ and his Church by giving a portion of our income to Him for use in the work of His Church. (cf. 1Chr. 16:29; Mal. 3:8-10; 2Cor. 9:6-7; Prov. 3:9-10, 11:24; Mar. 12:41-44; Luk. 6:38; Acts 20:35; Gen. 14:20; Rom. 13:7; Hag. 2:8; 1Tim. 5:17-18)

DOXOLOGY

We praise God in song for his goodness to us in Christ. (cf. Eph. 3:20-21; 1Chr. 29:10-13; Rom. 11:33-36, 16:25-27; Mat. 21:9; 1Tim. 1:17; Heb. 13:20-21; 2Pet. 3:18; Rev. 5:12-13)

ANTHEM

Our Choir worships God in song for His goodness to us in Christ. (cf. There are 55 Psalms that start with "For the Choir Director...")

CHILDREN'S MOMENT

Pastor calls the children forward and leads them to consider a brief message from the Bible that is often linked to the sermon. (cf. Deut. 31:12; Psalm 34:11; Joel 2:16; Matt. 10:13-14)

PASTORAL PRAYER

Pastor leads us in prayer for the general ministry of our congregation, the needs of our people, and our witness to the gospel in our neighborhoods. (cf. Acts 1:14, 2:42; 2Chr. 7:14; Isa. 56:7; Phil. 4:6)

MINISTRY OF THE PREACHED WORD AND SACRAMENT

Pastor presents a word of exhortation, comfort, or instruction from the Bible. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is observed the first Sunday of each month. The central placement of pulpit and communion table speaks of the centrality of God's Word as that to which we respond in our worship and lives. (cf. 2Tim. 2:15, 4:13; 2Tim. 4:1-5; Rom. 10:14; 1Cor. 1:17-18, 23; Mat. 4:17; Joh. 5:39; Mar. 2:2; Jer. 7:2; 1Cor. 11:17-34, 12:13; Rev. 19:9; Mat. 28:19; Gal. 3:27; 1Pet. 3:21, Col. 2:12; Eph. 4:5; Rom. 6:4)

HYMN OF PRAISE

We respond to the preached word in a hymn chosen for its expression of the themes of the sermon. (cf. Ps. 22:22-23, 30:4, 12, 33:1; Jdg. 5:3)

BENEDICTION

Pastor pronounces God's blessing on us, exhorting us to live for Christ in love and righteousness. (cf. Rom. 15:5-6, 16:20-22; 1Cor. 16:23; 2Cor. 13:14; Gal. 6:16-18; Eph. 6:23-24; Heb. 13:20-21)

PARTING SONG

We close our service singing in joyful anticipation of God’s eternal gospel blessing in our lives. (cf. Ps. 90:14; Rom. 1:12; 1Thes. 5:11, 14; Heb. 3:13, 10:24-25)