Our service is designed as a gospel-shaped conversation using contemporary expressions with ancient connections. Some things are intentionally "other" - to remind us we enter the presence of the Holy. Other things will be quite familiar and comfortable. But all of what we do is crafted to be a contemporary expression of praise and celebration of the gospel. You'll hear God's Word often throughout our services, have plenty of chances to pray, and generally be encouraged to engage with God through Christ in a conversation covering the full range of our needs
"What kind of music do you use?"
We will sing the best of contemporary songs that richly express gospel truth along with great hymns of the faith that have served God's people well over generations. In all our music, our various praise bands work hard to use great music to lead us to worship, meditate, and celebrate and enjoy the greatness of our God and the wonder of His love.
"How do people dress for your services?"
Our services are not "a put on your Sunday best" affair, and, while diverse, most are dressed fairly casual. What should make us uncomfortable should be the holiness of God and not what you are wearing! So come as you are. Become undone before the holiness of God, and then find amazing joy in His loving grace to us in Christ!
"How does being a "Reformed church" affect your worship?"
Our faith isn't new: it comes from Scripture and its major teachings are summed up in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. This ancient faith shapes everything we do including how we worship. Ours is a God-centered faith that's reflected in our worship. And yet its a living faith where our hearts are really engaged as we read the Bible, pray the Bible, and sing the Bible through many different forms and expressions.
"What are your Passions in Worship?"
Our weekly service is designed to call us out of the dream world for the real world of living in light of the reality of God's grace to us in Jesus! We believe that our gathering together for worship is about loving God with all that we are for all that He is to us in Christ. Such worship must be both rooted and relevant.
Rooted in Scripture- we seek to read, pray, preach, and sing the truths of Scriptures to our God and to our hearts.
Rooted in Christ- celebrating God's sovereign grace to us in Christ is central in all we do, and all we do becomes pleasing to God not through our sincerity or theological precision, but through Jesus' sacrifice purifying even our passionate and theologically rich worship.
Relevant to our real needs- we believe God desires to be glorified by enabling His people to be cared for and equipped as we gather together in worship.
Relevant to our whole lives- worship must call us to see our lives in the present in light of our eternal destiny, and so help us live all our lives in the present for what matters for all eternity.
Relevant to our world- worship is about proclaiming and celebrating the glory of God through which our neighbors should come to hear and be embraced by the grace of God in the gospel of Christ.
We believe that, when such worship takes place, God is glorified, the Church is edified, and the gospel is proclaimed to those who don't know Christ. These are our passions in worship.
"What does a typical service look like?"
We believe that corporate worship is a conversation between God and His people through which the gospel is represented to us each week. Our order of worship is designed as a conversation much like Isaiah 6 in which we encounter Christ in the gospel through each activity of worship. Typically, our services last about an hour and a quarter.
We believe that Christ-centered, expositional preaching of God's Word best fulfills the passions we shared. Even when we have a topical series, each sermon is foremost an explaining of a passage of God's Word, the Bible. Normally, we work our way through whole books of the Bible consecutively, which allows God speaks to us on His terms and topics and not just our interests. Amazingly, as we let God set the agenda for the conversation, we find our real questions and needs best addressed and answered.
We believe there is value in the historical music of the Church as well in as new music. Drawing from a long, deep wealth of song, in both music and text, we connect and worship with the Church historical, our spiritual ancestors. But we also draw from the large body of newer music, speaking into our current life and culture. Our praise bands use a whole range of instruments to help lead us from guitars and pianos to drums, beat box, and banjo!