What to expect
A typical Sunday service is a mixture of old and new, reverent and casual, shared and individual. We practice customs that ancient Christians practiced and sing songs that are brand new. You’ll see people dressed in their “Sunday best” and others in jeans and T-shirts. And while we find great meaning in praying some of the same prayers that millions of other Christians are praying across the world at the same moment, we also encounter God in a personal, individual way.
The main service starts at 10 o'clock and has three parts. First, we listen to God's Word read from Scripture and preached by our pastor. Then, we respond to the Word through prayer. Last but not least, we lift up our hearts to the risen Lord Jesus and celebrate Eucharist, or Communion, together. Throughout the entire service we intersperse songs – some that were written several hundred years ago, some that were written last year. Read more about how children are involved in the service here.
Throughout the service, pastor and people work together - did you know "liturgy" means "the work of the people"? - as we enter the presence of the living, real, true, untamed, beautiful God, who is holier than any of us mortals really understand and more merciful than we've even begun to hope.
We try to take this astonishing God seriously, not ourselves, so please don't worry about what to wear before you come or about whether you're "doing it right" once you're here. The Lord is pretty clear about what pleases him in worship, and it's not fancy clothes or liturgical precision he's looking for. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and crushed heart, O God, you will not despise" (Ps. 51:17). Come with a heart like that, and expect to be met by the living One himself. You won't be disappointed.