Loving God involves worshiping Him according to His word (Jn. 4:21-24; Rom. 1:18-23; 11:34; Col. 2:16-23; Heb. 12:28). Labels such as traditional and contemporary describe feelings and tastes of individuals.
Loving our neighbor is expressed by offering a warm welcome and enfolding people out of genuine care. It also involves providing a worship service that helps people approach God according to His word. To this end, God’s word is rightly divided into the law and the gospel.
The law describes God’s expectations for his people. It exposes our sin, pointing to the need for a Savior (Rom. 3:19-20; Gal. 3:19-21) and teaches us how to live a life of gratitude (Ps. 119:1-6; Titus 2:11-14). A correct understanding of God’s law helps us avoid the twin errors of legalism (adding to God’s commands) and antinomianism or “easy-believe-ism” (subtracting from God’s law in order to live as one pleases). Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15).
The gospel describes what God has done for his people. It proclaims the person and work of the Savior (Isa. 53:4-6; Mk. 10:45; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 5:9) and assures us of God’s enduring love (Ps. 136:1; Rom. 8:38-39). John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Worship begins at 10:30 am and lasts an hour and fifteen minutes. It’s the time for the whole church family to worship God together. The service begins with God calling us into his presence (Ps. 95:1-2; Heb. 4:14-16) and ends with his blessing as we leave to serve (Num. 6:24‑27; Heb. 13:20‑21). In between we participate in a dialogue where God speaks through his word and sacrament and we respond through our prayers (Acts 2:42; 1 Tim. 2:1-3), songs (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) and giving (Ps. 96:8; 1 Cor. 16:1-2). It’s a glorious time in our week when God encourages and transforms us and we are empowered as his people.
Preaching is the central part of our worship service (1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2). It involves three things: (1) explaining the text that’s read, (2) showing how the text speaks about Christ, and (3) applying the text to the congregation. Click here for audio sermons.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:20) because we believe that word and sacrament go together for the benefit of God’s people. Anyone who believes the gospel, has been baptized, is a member in good standing of a Bible believing church, and desires to live a holy life may participate in the sacrament. Click here for a Sample of the Lord’s Supper insert.
The teachings of our historical tradition [Link to DPW] best represent a Biblical worship that communicates love for God and neighbor.