What to Expect When You Visit

A Friendly Smile and Welcome

A friendly smile and reception will be the first thing you will receive. We don’t want anyone to feel alone or left out. We welcome anyone and everyone. Please dress however you feel most comfortable. The truth is, some of our folks dress casually and some dress more formally.

Our Worship

Worship is our highest expression of devotion and love to our God, and it is central to who we are in our relationship with God. Our priority in worship is to give to God, the eternal Creator, Redeemer and King, what He deserves. Worship is ascribing and proclaiming God’s worth and worthiness – it is the “activity of glorifying God in His presence with our voices and hearts.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 1257). Thus, our worship is typified by reverence and awe of God: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:28).

We believe that our worship is not what we take away from it but what we can contribute to it. We are not to be spectators but rather active participants in worship, lifting up our praise and adoration to the triune God in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We come to forget about ourselves and to be overwhelmed and awed by God! We love being God-centered in our worship. We want to be a church full of “God worshippers” and “Christ followers.”

We are committed to worshiping God in the way He has directed in His holy Word. He alone has the right to tell us how we are to approach His throne in worship. We work at making our worship simple, yet profound; saturated with biblical truth, yet culturally relevant. It is designed for the people of God, to stimulate and accommodate their praises and to feed their souls. But the Gospel is so woven into every part of our worship that anyone without the Lord Jesus in their life can understand and respond to the call of an ever gracious Savior who loves to forgive sins and transform the lives of sinners.

Our Giving

Though financial giving to the Lord is a part of worship, there are no offering plates passed. A basket is discreetly located in the worship auditorium for all who would like to express their love to God in this way. There is no pressure to give; the teaching of Scripture moves us to it. Our God says that He loves a cheerful giver!

Our Music

Music is a vital part of the worship of God. Martin Luther once said, “Next to the word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of singing was given to man that he should proclaim the word of God through music.” In a similar manner John Calvin wrote “We should have songs that are not only upright but holy, that will spur us to pray to God and praise Him, to meditate on His works so as to love Him, to fear Him, to honor Him, and glorify Him . . .”

Our music is a blend of modern and traditional psalms, hymns and songs. The music employed in our worship services is taken from a full range of styles, from older traditional hymns to more present-day melodies and words. All our song choices are exalting to God and theologically rich, providing edification for God’s people. We endeavor as God instructs us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Col 3:16). Through a variety of musical tastes we join together in exalting our triune God. Worship is to be more about what exalts God and what enables us to lavish upon Him our reverent and joyful praise.

Preaching and Teaching

The climax of our worship is the preaching of God’s Word. We are committed to the systematic exposition and application of the whole of God’s Word: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16).

Prayer

We gather regularly as a church for prayer. In doing this, we believe we are following the pattern established by the early church: “And they devoted themselves to . . . the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) and in this we are acknowledging our corporate dependence on God, without whom we can do nothing.

Missions

We are actively involved in the work of missions. Our church has a wondrous vision to fulfill (the glory and worship of God) and a great responsibility for each succeeding generation (to take the gospel to all the nations). We pray that we, as a church, may be shining lights in this increasing sin darkened world – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16).