Our weekly gatherings are an opportunity to express our faith together through Scripture reading and teaching, music, and prayer. Each week we walk through the story of the gospel in four movements: Gathering, Word, Table, and Sending.
When we gather, we do so at God’s initiative and our worship is a response to his saving actions. For this reason, we begin each worship gathering with a call to worship. The call to worship is a reminder for us of why we exist as a church; it’s a declaration from God’s Word about what he has done in history; and it’s a call to believe the gospel and direct our worship towards God in Jesus Christ.
God calls us to gather as his church in order to worship him, and one way we do this is by hearing God’s Word preached. As we sit under God’s Word we learn about God’s design for life, how sin has ravaged and distorted God’s good design, and how Jesus makes all things new. We believe the sermon, as a part of the whole gathering, is formative, not just informational. The preaching is aimed at transformation of the heart, not just the behavior, and demonstrates how Jesus is the answer to our longing for justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, purpose, and joy.
Having listened to God’s Word, we respond each week by receiving the Table. The Table (some call it communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist) reminds us of the new identity we have in Christ, and when we come forward to receive the elements we demonstrate our trust in Jesus’ work on our behalf. Since the good news about Jesus is both what saves and what transforms us, we take time during every gathering to remember Christ at the Table.
Each week we are called to gather as a church family to worship God together. In the same way, God sends us out into our world–our family, vocation, gospel community, neighborhood, school–to continue worshipping him wherever we are. The sending, or benediction as some call it, is the time in our gathering when we are sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit to join Jesus in his mission throughout the week. The sending reminds us that the gospel transforms every area of our life, and that the gospel propels us into a life of service to Christ and others.