What to Expect
About Our Worship Service
Three convictions guide our worship:
First, worship is for God’s glory. It is not a time to showcase man’s talent for man’s entertainment, but we acknowledge God’s greatness in his works of creation, redemption, and consummation. And if God is the center of our worship, the important question is not “What did I get out of worship?” but, “Did I offer to him acceptable worship?”
Second, as God knows best how he is to be worshipped, he alone can reveal to us what is acceptable worship. Therefore the only reliable and safe rule for God-pleasing worship is found in his Word. Thus the reading and the hearing of Scripture is central to our worship. Not only so, as we believe Scripture exclusively governs our worship, only those things explicitly commanded by God are included in our worship service. This is the Regulative Principle of worship.
Third, we do not worship God rightly except through Jesus Christ his son. Our worship therefore seeks to exalt the Father, in the proclamation of Jesus Christ who was crucified, died, and rose from the dead, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
About the Lord's Supper
We participate in the Lord’s Supper weekly. We welcome to the Lord’s Table all baptized believers who have sincere faith in Jesus Christ, and regularly worship in a Reformed or evangelical church for the following reasons:
First, the Lord’s Supper is a sign and a seal of the new covenant promises which we treasure by faith. Thus the Lord’s Supper is only for those who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Such persons are baptized into a body of Christ and are committed to worshipping and serving the Lord in a local church.
Second, as the Lord’s Supper is a sign and a seal of the new covenant blessings, it necessarily calls us into fellowship of other believers in the covenant community, whom we are to love gladly and serve humbly. The Lord’s Supper is thus meant to strengthen our bonds with other believers in meaningful and tangible ways.
Therefore, if you are not yet a baptized Christian committed to a local Reformed or evangelical congregation, or do not understand the significance of this Ordinance, we ask that you first talk to our elders before you receive communion.
Children who are too young to discern the Lord’s body are asked to refrain from receiving the Lord’s Supper. Please meet with the elders if you wish for your children to participate in the Lord’s Supper. The elders will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you or your children may have. The “Children & Communion” guide, available from our information table, explains this issue in greater detail.
About Our Children
Nursery is available for the very young children, up to about five years of age. We invite our older children to remain in the service. We believe the covenant community’s worship should express the unity that the gospel brings to people of different background, race, and age. We therefore strive to foster trans-generational gospel unity, especially during our worship service. We believe an important aspect of the gospel unity is welcoming our little children into spiritual fellowship.
One of the few times Jesus was angry was when his disciples would not let the children come to him with their parents. Jesus was indignant, and he said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14) We believe Jesus loves to see little children coming to him with their parents. Thus we invite our children to remain in the service. Our children are a precious part of our church family. And what family sends the children away for making some noise at the family feast?