Why We Gather:
“Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples….Say among the nations “The Lord reigns!” (Psalm 96). This passage lays out beautifully our purpose in gathering together. It is not about us. It is about our God who reigns and his wonders that he has done! And there is no greater wonder than what he has done for desperately sinful people like us than what he has done through his Son, Jesus! Because of the death and resurrection of Christ on behalf of sinners, we who have trusted in him as our Savior, are able to enter confidently into the presence of God and worship him forever. Therefore we gladly and joyously gather together to worship our great and matchless God!
When We Gather:
Sunday School and Youth/Adult Studies: from 9:30 – 10:15 we meet together by age in small groups to study God’s word together. Children and Teens have their own classes where they are given an opportunity to learn about God and his Word in a safe, caring, and structured environment. There are also a variety of adult small groups to choose from.
A detailed list of age groups and locations is available at the information desk in the lobby.
Morning Worship: Our primary time for worship begins at 10:45. See below for more details about what we do in this special time for worship.
Evening Worship: Each Sunday evening we gather again in a more relaxed setting for our School of Ministry series. In this series we cover a variety of topics related to understanding the Bible and the Christian life.
What We Do In Our Gathering:
We Sing: Our primary purpose in singing is to glorify God and reflect His character (1 Cor. 10:31). We feel we can best do this by following the Scriptural pattern in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Whether we are singing as a congregation or actively listening to the choir, orchestra, or ensemble, we try to use a balance of the words of Scripture set to music, the great hymns of the faith and a mixture of Biblically solid older choruses and newer worship songs.
We Read: In each service there is an opportunity for us to all read the Word of God together. This is typically the same passage from which the sermon is given. Because the Word of God, the Bible, is the only means by which we can know God and his great salvation it forms the center of all that we do.
We Give: Because God has lavished his grace upon us – though we don’t deserve an ounce of it! – our hearts respond in thankfulness to this gift by wanting to give in return. Indeed giving is commanded in the Bible for all of God’s people.
We Listen: At the heart of what we are doing each week in our worship is to know and love God better so that we might serve him more and more. And because God has chosen to reveal himself in a book, the Bible, we try to be people of that book. And so the sermon is the part of the service where God’s Word is read and commented on at length so that we can know God, love God and therefore serve God better. It is all about Him!Corinthians 9:7). And we give, not because God needs anything from us as if we could give anything to the One who created all things (Acts 17:24-25), but we give because we desire to serve God and to see the good news of his glorious grace in Christ Jesus spread around the world!