Sundays at our church
We meet for worship every Sunday at 10:00am and 11:30am, and would love to have you join us. A member of our church will be ready to greet you and help you with any questions you might have. If you have children with you, they are more than welcome to take part in the service (noise is okay – we have kids too…), or they can join the other young children in our nursery. Following the 10:00am service we have a 30 minute break for refreshments and conversation, after which we gather a second time, which usually takes about 30-40 minutes. Our services are fairly formal and we do this with the following principles in mind.
Structure of Worship
Our services begin with the reading of the Word of God to reflect that it is God who begins a relationship with us. We respond to his call. The rest of worship can be summarized as a dialogue between God and his people, with the preaching of God’s Word at the center. Before the preaching we prepare ourselves in order to listen, and after the preaching we respond in prayer and praise. It is our aim that God’s desire to have a living relationship with his people would be a reality in our formal worship.
Style of Worship
We also seek to apply biblical principles to our style of worship. You might notice this, for example, in the following characteristics:
- The congregational singing. Singing God’s praise is not for a select few with musical talents or beautiful vocals, but for the whole congregation both young and old. Everyone should be able to join in and praise our mighty God.
- The songs that we sing. Our Praise-book consists of the 150 Psalms put to music and a number of hymns. The Psalms are the Word of God and the songs and prayers of Old Testament saints. By singing them we follow the New Testament exhortation to sing Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, (Col. 3:16) and sing God’s word back to him.
- The Psalms also provide us with models for songs we should sing. Our hymns are rich in content and focused on praising God together as a congregation.
- Any music that accompanies the singing has the purpose of facilitating our singing as a congregation.
In sum, we try to honour God to the best of our abilities in our worship. God’s word takes center stage. And his word leads us in a dialogue which reflects the living relationship God wants to have with his people.
Our second service applies these same principles but is generally shorter and more interactive. This service focuses on teaching Christian doctrine using one of our confessions, usually the Heidelberg Catechism. If you want to learn more about the Heidelberg Catechism and how it is used in the church, check out the beliefs tab, or click here.