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Gathering for worship
Our greatest desire is to know and enjoy God. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). Since it is impossible to explore and express our life in Christ alone, we gather together each Sunday in order to sing God’s praises, hear from God’s word, minister to God’s people, support God’s mission, and celebrate God’s Son.
Five priorities that inform our Sunday gathering
First, we are committed to the functional authority of the Bible. That means we rely upon the Scriptures to guide our decisions about what we do, or don’t do, on Sunday morning.
Second, we emphasize the supremacy of God. Since our new identity is found in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), we want the Lord to be preeminent in all things (Colossians 1:18).
Third, we seek the edification of God’s people. We work at making the service applicable to real people, living real lives, facing real issues. We believe the whole service should be a means of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Fourth, we aim at being aware of the universal church. We want to avoid what C. S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” by respecting what the Spirit has taught the church throughout history and across cultures. For this reason, we regularly recite ancient creeds, sing historic hymns, and draw upon traditional liturgies.
Fifth, we emphasize eternity. Our hope in Christ is not for this life alone (1 Corinthians 15:19). Rather, we live as citizens of a present and coming kingdom. We want eternity to influence the way we think and live today.