What to Expect
Expect to hear about the gospel of grace that is more drastic, more offensive, more liberating, more shocking, and more counterintuitive than any of us realize. There is nothing more radically unbalanced and drastically unsafe than grace. It has no "but": it's unconditional, uncontrollable, unpredictable, and undomesticated. It unsettles everything. There is a dangerous depth to the gospel that needs to be rediscovered and embraced. You can expect this grace at this church.
When are your worship services?
Sundays: 10:30am Worship & 12:00 Christian Education
Where are your worship services?
We meet at Prince of Peace Lutheran church.
What should I do with my kids?
Child Care: You will notice our children in corporate worship. For a great resource, see the book by Robbie Castleman, Parenting in the Pew (InterVarsity Press). Because this may be different and difficult for some, we provide childcare (5 and under).
What should I wear?
We hope you'll wear whatever makes you comfortable. You'll find plenty of people dressed casually (jeans, polos, t-shirts, whatever) and others dressed snazzier (slacks, dresses, skirts). Just come as you are.
What is a Worship Service like?
Scripture requires that in worship everything be done “decently and in order” (1 Cor 14:40). Therefore, our worship is intelligible and edifying. Our liturgy follows the teaching of Scripture, summarized in our confessions and catechism and its application in the church order, we follow in our worship services an historic Reformed liturgy that we believe reflects these Biblical & confessional priorities.
Because God made and redeemed us, he has the first word so our services begin with a call to worship from God’s Word, followed by an invocation & Greeting from God, then only a response by God’s people. We read God’s Law, confess our sins, & rejoice in the declaration of God’s grace toward his people (CO Art. 38). Out of gratitude, we give tithes & offerings and offer prayer as the chief part of thankfulness (HC Q. 116). In a dialogic pattern, we let God speak to us in the sermon, and then we respond in worship & praise. Finally, God has the last word as the minister pronounces God’s benediction upon his covenant people.
Seeker-Sensitive Worship and the Worship Wars
We believe that worship is a divine service with the only true seeker present in our worship who is God, “no man seeks God” (Rom 3:11). The Father seeks those who will worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23). Therefore, the primary focus in our worship is the living, holy, righteous, awesome Triune God. Thus, when we gather before his face (Heb 12:18-20) we find ourselves in a sacred assembly where he has promised to give us an audience. More than that God has promised to be with us as our covenant God (Gen 17:7-10; John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; Matt 28:20), to make us a holy priesthood (1 Pet 2:5). It is our earnest prayer that it will be so obvious that God is in our midst, that when an unbeliever enters the assembly he will be convicted of his sin, fall down and worship God exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (1 Cor 14:25).
Word and Sacrament
God says in Exodus 20:24 that he will come to bless his people in public worship through means. We believe the means are Word and sacrament. The Reformed church believes worship to be merely a divine service—a place where God acts first, causing Christians to respond in thanksgiving. It is a place where God cleanses Christians from the pollution of their soul. Worship is a feast of grace, where believers receive Christ and all his benefits in the baptism and weekly administering of the Lord’s Supper. It is not a voluntary community, but a community chosen by God and created by His Word and Spirit—a community with sanctified things that communicate grace. God uses common paper, ink, vocal cords, eardrums, taste buds, noses, water, bread and wine. He then sanctifies them for his purpose to give his people grace, that is, to give Jesus Christ.