At the heart of our life as a Church is our gathered worship on Sunday. But why do we do what we do? Here is a short explanation of each part of our Sunday service which has a carefully ordered structure based on the movement of the gospel.
In the first movement, we gather together as a Church each Sunday to worship our triune God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Yes, all of life is worship but there is something unique about corporate worship (1 Cor. 14:25). Of course, fellowship with each other is an important reason for meeting together so we can spur each other on in our walk with Christ. But first, and foremost, we meet together to worship God: to listen to Him God through the reading and preaching of His word, to respond in praise, liturgy and prayer, confessing our sins and bringing all our needs to Him.
In Colossians 3:16, we read: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Therefore, music and singing play a major role in our Sunday services. Part of the reason God has given us lungs is to sing to Him. You don’t have to be musical. You might be tone deaf. But God loves to hear us singing our praise to Him in a way that fits with how He was made us.
The children also stay with us for as much of the service as possible as they are equal members in the body of Christ and only go out of the service for their own age-appropriate teaching. At the 11am service, we have an all-age song and all-age talk. To that end we are all called, adult and child, to worship God in this opening part of the service.