If you are visiting for the first time, we want to make you feel welcomed and comfortable with our worship service. Let us highlight some parts of our worship that may be new for you.
The minister usually wears a robe during worship. This robe represents the education our pastors have undertaken to become ordained, four years of college and at least three years of seminary. The robe was instituted centuries ago to take emphasis from clothing the pastor might wear. In some ways, it is a “uniform.”
We use liturgy in our service where people in the pew respond to, and join with the pastor in many parts of the service. In the reformed tradition, worship is an act that is mutually shared.
When we say the “Lord’s Prayer,” it is our practice to use “debts and debtors” rather than trespasses and trespass.” However, feel free to say either.
During each service we use the Apostles’ Creed to say what we believe. It is a creed almost as old as the Bible and is built around the outline of the Trinity: God the Father, Christ the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. There may be a few elements in the Creed that are new:
- “He descended into hell” – It is believed that in the three days between death and resurrection, Jesus suffered as badly as any human could by descending into hell. At the same time, Jesus was there to rescue souls who had died without salvation.
- “From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” Jesus, at the end of time, will be the judge of those who have died and those who are still living at the end of times. The good news: Jesus loves us!
- “The holy catholic church” – We believe that all people who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are part of the body of Christ, the Church, regardless of denomination. The word “catholic” means worldwide. There is no allegiance in the creed to the Roman Catholic Church.
- “Communion of saints” – All of us who seek to be faithful and obedient to Christ are the modern day saints. When we worship together, the community of saints becomes the communion of power. We also believe that whose who have passed away are joined together and await the arrival of the others.
- We “Pass the Peace” when we greet one another in the name of Christ. We enjoy a few moments of fellowship before we worship. It is a sign of grace and acceptance. We are so glad you are here! If you have further questions, please let us know.