The Character of Worship
Our worship service is designed to reflect the nature of our relationship with God. He has initiated a covenant between himself and us, in which he promises a restored relationship with himself on the condition of our repentance and faith. Since God took the initiative in establishing this covenant, we believe that it is also God himself who calls us to worship on the Lord’s Day. Worship is a special time of meeting and fellowship between him as our God and us as His people.
Since we are sinful and he is holy, we come before him with humility, only through the one Mediator and eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ. Therefore we seek to maintain a reverent atmosphere during the worship service. This may strike some as being “formal” or “traditional”, but the fact that we are worshipping the great Lord of lords and King of kings calls for an appropriate measure of respect and decorum. Since children, as well as adults, are part of God’s covenant, the children of the congregation participate in worship.
The Singing in Worship
We emphasize the importance of singing together as a congregation in each worship service. Our song book, The Book of Praise, contains rhymed versions of all 150 psalms, as well as a selection of hymns.
While Jesus was on earth, he instituted two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacrament of baptism is administered to infants shortly after birth and the Lord’s Supper is celebrated every other month. Participation in the Lord’s Supper is limited to those members of the congregation who have done Public Profession of Faith and guests who have been admitted by the consistory.
The Order of Worship
A number of different liturgical elements make up each worship service. We begin by confessing our dependence upon God, followed by his blessing. We sing psalms and hymns throughout the service, listen to the Ten Commandments and read from the Scriptures. A portion of Scripture is examined and applied to our daily lives by the pastor. Other parts of worship include public prayers and public profession of faith, as well as offerings of alms for the poor and other causes of charity. The worship service is ended by receiving the Lord’s blessing. The entire worship service is structured as a dialogue between God and his people: he speaks to us through his Word and in return we respond to him by singing and praying.