Worship is our center.
Worship & Liturgy
Our worship is called "liturgy" which means "work of and for the people". This means our worship is communal. Our worship is not only led by the pastor but many other lay leaders. Liturgy is both our pattern for worship and the rhythm of being Jesus' followers.
In our worship, God is the actor. God works on our hearts and minds through the liturgy shaping and forming in God's own unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness. Worship is not so much about what we do, but what God does in/by/for/among us.
Liturgy as Practice for Worship & Life
Liturgy includes four patterns (seen on the right). These patterns not only structure our worship but our life as disciples of Jesus.
Based on Luke 24:13-29
The Walk to Emmaus
We Gather Together
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them... (Luke 24:15)
As the disciples walk from Jerusalem on the road to Emmaus, the Resurrected Jesus comes into their midst. We believe the Holy Spirit gathers us together as a community for worship. When we gather, Jesus promises to be present with us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We Hear God's Word
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures (Luke 24:27)
In worship, God speaks to our hearts through the hearing of scripture, preaching, and prayer. Through the hearing of the Word, the Good News of Jesus Christ works on us, opens our hearts, and draws us nearer to God's own heart. In worship, we hear readings from the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, the Psalms, the Epistles, and the Gospels.
We Partake in the Lord's Meal
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him... (Luke 24:30-31)
Jesus gathered his disciples around a table and told them the bread and wine were his body and blood. Today, Jesus continues to invite all to the Lord's Table where he promises to be present with us in bread and wine. Together with God's Word, we believe Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine. These earthly elements become the tangible signs of God's unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness.
We are Sent
That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:33-35)
From worship, we are sent as people forgiven and set free from the power of sin. God empowers us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus in word and action to a world in need. The Holy Spirit leads us to serve our neighbors and to do justice.