O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
– Psalm 95:6-7
Our Sunday morning service provides a time for the whole family of God to gather in a spirit of worship.
We celebrate Communion the first Sunday of every month. Our Presbyterian denomination asserts that access to the Lord’s Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. Even one who doubts or those whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ.
Our service typically follows a flow that first invites us to center ourselves in the presence of God through a “gathering song” provided by our Prayz Team. Then we move into a time of praise interweaving scripture and song. The music is a mixture of contemporary songs and traditional hymns. This part of our service also often includes a time of silent reflection, confession and personal prayer.
Our children are invited to come forward for a special message presented specifically for them. After the children’s message, children 2 years through 5th grade are invited to attend a time of age-appropriate worship and learning. Children 2 through 4 years old participate in Very Young Children’s Worship (VYCW), which includes songs and stories and age appropriate activities located in our Toddler Room. Children Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in Kids’ Own Worship (KOW,) which includes Bible stories, activities, songs and prayer located in the KOW room of the Lighthouse area. Middle and high school youth attend worship with their families. Nursery and young toddler care is offered in our nursery room.
We then move into a time of sharing information and updates about church programs and ministries. A reflective song ushers us into an attitude of listening, as we prepare to hear God’s word to us through a sermon by our pastor.
Following the sermon, we respond to what we heard, first by offering our financial gifts, and then responding through prayer to the needs and requests of the church family. On the first Sunday of each month, our response also includes the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
Finally, we commit ourselves to God through song, and are dismissed to be God’s people in the world. Our formal worship over, we often spend time in fellowship and sharing before departing for home.