We endeavour to be charismatic, sacramental and evangelical in our style of worship.
The principles of worship may be found in the following Scriptures:
the LORD. Sing to the LORD a
new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints. Let
In Acts 2:42, They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV)
From these passages, five primary aspects of worship emerge: Praise and Worship, Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer.
The word "liturgy" means "model of worship". Every church uses some type of liturgy or model. Our liturgy for worship is described as follows:
Our worship in song is a blend of contemporary songs and select, spiritually rich traditional hymns. We utilize many biblical forms of worship such as:
Clapping and Vocal Praise: Clap your hands, all you people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph (Psalm 47:1).
Lifting Our Hands: Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you (Psalm 63:3-5).
Variety of Instruments: Praise the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD (Psalm 150:1-6).
I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I
sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind (I
Prophesying from within the congregation: Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way (I Corinthians 14:3, 30-31, 40).
The Word of God:
The apostle Paul mandated how the churches should give proper place to Gods Word.
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. (I Timothy 4:13).
Our emphasis upon the Word of God is primarily expressed in various ways:
Reading, standing, and responses: Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, Amen! Amen! (Nehemiah 8:5-6).
read in the
Preaching and Teaching: There is a release of power, conviction, instruction, and direction in the preaching and teaching of Gods Word. Our emphasis is on providing principle-centered teaching to equip all members with a growing knowledge of the Bible with practical guidelines for its application to everyday life.
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you, but have taught you publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20).
In our service we sometimes practice what we call the passing of the Peace. This is a time to greet one another in Christian love. We use a form of greeting that is a combination of biblical greetings. We say to one another, The peace of the Lord be with you, and respond with, And also with you.
While they were still talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, Peace be with you (Luke 24:35).
The Greek word for fellowship is koinonia which means shared life.
A Sacrament -
The Lords Supper, Communion or Eucharist
The Lord Jesus Himself outlined the pattern and purpose for Communion. This sacrament is also commonly called the Holy Eucharist, the Breaking of Bread, and the Lords Supper. The New Testament believers celebrated Communion in all of their public services and even in their homes. We use a liturgy based upon the apostle Pauls instructions:
from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the
night He was
betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and
is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same
after supper He took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you
bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until He comes (I
During communion, or shortly afterwards, an opportunity for individual prayer is often provided. You may be encouraged to come forward to the front to receive prayer, or invited to stay for a short time after the service so that we can pray for you and minister to your needs in a more private way.
Is any of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed (James 5:13-16).
Service - The
Dismissal and Final
Final Blessing: This is how you are to bless the people of God. Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace(Numbers 6: 22-26) and sometimes we may add, Now go in peace to love and serve the Lord. The congregation responds with, Thanks be to God.