Why Do We Worship?

Did you know that you were made to live for something (or more approiately – someone) bigger than yourself? It’s so easy in today’s selfie culture to lose perspective and forget that our stories are part of a much bigger story.

In fact, the ancients used to pose the question to new Christians and those who were just curious,

“What is the chief end of humanity?”

The answer they would often give is profound in its simplicity –

“to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever!”

We meet each week with other people to lift our voices in praise and thanks to God for His gift of love in Jesus. It really helps to remind us that we’re here for a purpose greater than the next social media post or downloading the latest app. Worship get us back on track and keeps us grounded.

We were made to worship!

Join Us for Sunday Morning Worship

9:30am

Modern Worship Service

This family-friendly service is held in the Hoffmeister Center and is contemporary in its sound and use of technology. Dress is informal and you can just come as you are. The music is popular, current worship songs written by some of the best artists of our day. We also weave in fresh versions of time-tested hymns that are rich in their imagery and content. We try to pick songs that go along with the message theme of the day as well as engage both our hearts and minds. Songs like these: Today is the Day, Revelation Song, O, Come to the Altar, Brokenness Aside, Oceans.

11:00am

Classic Worship Service

This service is held in the Sanctuary on the west side of Canal Street. It’s traditional in its sound (music led by choir, organ, piano) and there are often special musical offerings. Hymns and choral responses are a regular part of this more formal service.

All services feature the same message from the Bible. There’s a children’s message at the 9:30am service and then children are dismissed for Children’s Church in the KidZone.

11:00am

Sunday Classes

Multiple groups of all ages meet throughout both the Hoffmeister Center and the Sanctuary. There are classes for children and students, and a wide variety of adult classes.

1st Sunday of Each Month

Communion* is on the 1st Sunday of the month and there are often baptisms, reception of new members, commissionings and other special occasions that grace our worship together.

*Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is Christ’s gift to the church. On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples. “This is my body that is for you,” he said. “Do this in remembrance of me.” He also took a cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”

Following Jesus’ example and instruction, when the church celebrates the Lord’s Supper we receive gifts of bread and wine; we give thanks to God; we break the bread and pour the wine; we share the food and drink with each other. In these simple actions believers experience a profound mystery: Christ himself is present and his life passes into us and is made ours. As baptism is the sign and seal of our ingrafting into Christ, so the Lord’s Supper is a means by which Christ continually nourishes, strengthens and comforts us.