It’s been said that worship is to the Body of Christ (that is, the Church) what breathing is to the human body. Presbyterians also say that our chief purpose as human beings is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. So worship is the most important thing the congregation does together.
We’ve described elsewhere some of the practicalities of coming to our worship services. What we hope to achieve in worship is to connect those in attendance with the Presence of the Living God by the power of the Holy Spirit among us, so we can know what God intends for us and we can offer ourselves to God in service.
Our regular liturgy, the structure of our Sunday service, generally flows in four parts.
- We gather as God’s people, announcing God’s call to worship, offering a prayer and a hymn of praise, and preparing ourselves to hear from God through confession of our sin and the assurance of God’s forgiveness.
- Proclamation of the Word of God, through scripture readings and the sermon, is the central act in our services. We pray for clarity and understanding, and we listen for what God is saying to each of us.
- We respond to God’s Word in several ways, including singing hymns offering prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, and giving our tithes and offerings. We receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month.
- We prepare to return to world, strengthened in faith, hope, and love, so we can bear witness to the love, mercy, grace, and justice of Jesus Christ in our daily lives.
While our worship services are led by the pastor, the liturgist, the music director, and the choir, the act of worship belongs to all who are in attendance. Those who are sitting the pews are not the audience but the actors. God is the audience!
To help make sure our worship services are engaging, meaningful, decent, and in order, we have a Worship Committee. Their role is to support the pastor, with guidance from Session, to provide for the worship service and to encourage church members to participate fully and regularly in it. The committee provides guidance to help establish service opportunities, and care for the sanctuary, including arrangement, furnishings, and special appointments.