Liturgy & Style
The liturgy of our service is carefully choreographed after the pattern of ancient temple worship. While some services get us to the gospel, a temple informed worship service not only invites us to hear about God and the good news, but to actually partake of God and to do the gospel. The movements in worship (as described below) are based upon the foundation of the apostles with Christ as the cornerstone and illustrated in Revelation 4-5. In our worship, we anticipate that God in Christ by the Holy Spirit will actually show up in this particular place with us as a particular people.
The style of our services is reflected in their musical diversity and degree of formality. While each service is biblically based and theologically rich, following the same liturgy, they are equally distinct in their experience of grace-centered worship. We believe that the gospel is a message of all-transforming grace and we enact that every week through each service's unique style of praise, confession, preaching, and sacraments.
The Rediscovery of God's Glory in Praise
God’s desire for us is illustrated in Movement One by His taking the initiative to invite us into His presence by the call to worship. In His presence, we rediscover the holy otherness of God in His glory revealed through creation and salvation.
The Rediscovery of God's Grace in Confession and Absolution
Set free from the fear of God’s condemnation and rejection through faith alone in Christ’s work on our behalf, the Second Movement in worship through “confession and absolution” allows us to rediscover God’s grace, which makes it safe to be honest, real, and transparent about our moral failures and brokenness. We have nothing to prove or hide in Christ.
Entering the New Song of Renewal in Christ's Presence as Prophet, Priest, and King
By the metaphor of “song” in Revelation, more is envisioned in worship than just “singing,” but also “dancing.” In our Third Movement of worship, we “dance” with Christ in salvation by our participation in the sermon, Lord’s Supper, and Doxology. We “dance” with Christ in salvation, even as we are made partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) that is being mediated to us by the Holy Spirit in the midst of us.
The Celebration of Benediction
A benediction is not a doxology (statement of praise). Neither is it a commissioning. It isn’t even a prayer. But, as symbolized by the pastor’s hands reached out toward the congregation, it is a decree made by God as our divine king to bless us in Christ. Throughout the bible it is something people would literally die for. A benediction both declares God’s intention and effects this blessing into our lives. To receive the benediction is to receive the certain hope in Christ that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).