Typical Worship Order
- Welcome & Announcements
- Worship Songs
- Passing of the Peace
- Children's Blessing
- Word of God
- Prayers of the People
- Tithes and Offerings
- Doxology and Prayer
- Closing Song
- Benediction and Postlude
Ever since the first followers of Jesus stumbled upon his empty grave, Christians have gathered weekly on Sundays. It’s the day we believe Jesus conquered the powers of death, freed us from sin’s strong pull, and opened wide the way to new life.
Our worship service has three movements: 1) We approach God, 2) We experience God’s Word, and 3) We respond to God.
The approach begins with a welcome, which reminds us that God always welcomes us home. The experience includes both hearing God’s Word and tasting that Word in the Lord’s Supper - a visible means of an invisible grace. We respond with gratitude by praying for others and offering our resources for Jesus’ mission. At the end of the service, we are sent out to love and serve our neighbors.
What to Expect for Online Worship
For those who like to know what to expect during these uncertain times, let us walk you through a typical Sunday of online worship. As you enter our digital doors on YouTube, you will be greeted with a few announcements in the live chat. If you’d like, we invite you to chat in your name and respond to any questions there. During prayers of the people, we sometimes take prayer requests from the live chat box as well.
The worship service will look similar to most of our worship services under normal circumstances – but you’ll be at home in your pajamas. We encourage you to eliminate distractions during this time – turn off your phone (or at least mute it), get settled and comfortable, and prepare to receive grace God desires to give you. In our experience, it’s best if you treat it like you are actually there in-person.
After a few announcements, we’ll begin worship with a couple songs. We’ll have some prayers in between and invite you to extend a friendly greeting to others (traditionally called ‘passing the peace’). Then we’ll hear God’s Word proclaimed and applied to our daily lives. Another song affords us the opportunity of responding to God’s Word with gratitude. We conclude the service by receiving a ‘benediction,’ which is simply a ‘good word’ from God to you.
Typical Worship Order
Sunday worship orients our lives to the things that matter. But eventually we must attend to those very things in the fabric of our everyday lives: our families, marriages, workplaces, neighborhoods, networks, and communities. After all, Jesus does not call us to cloister ourselves away from society, but equips us to channel the very presence of God into that messy society. That’s why we must go deeper.