How We View Worship

  How We View Worship  
Worship is the primary activity of the Christian church and a distinct privilege granted by our Savior God.  “God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts,” begins one of our liturgies.  Four descriptions will help describe our view of worship.
  • CHRIST-CENTERED.  There is no activity on earth so important as the work of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, for mankind.  In worship we focus on the work of Christ-for-us in his holy life, his substitutionary death, his resurrection from the grave, and his gracious calling to follow him.  From liturgies and hymns, to Bible readings, to prayers and praises—it’s all pointed at Jesus Christ!
  • MESSAGE-FOCUSED.  The main message of our church has been called the gospel (good news), and we believe it makes all the difference in the world to every human being.  At our worship times we focus on the message that the Bible calls “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  We read it; we preach it; we apply it also in visible forms (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion).
  • JOYFULLY DIGNIFIED.  Meeting with God is no casual occasion.  We consider it an awesome privilege to stand before our Savior-God as a congregation, seek his mercy, and praise his name.  We try to reflect that with a decorum that might be called joyful dignity.  By the liturgies we follow with their scripted responses, by the un-casual vestments of our ministers, by the times for listening in silence as well as exuberant singing of meaningful, Bible-based hymns, we wish to tell God, “We’re honored to be in your presence.”
  • PEOPLE-CARING.  Worship is also a social occasion, as God’s people raise their hearts and voices together before him.  They "speak" to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  We care about the people who come to worship Him and warmly welcome newcomers into the sanctuary of God—all dearly loved by their Savior, all dearly paid for by his blood.  Children of all ages, too, are welcomed in our worship time.