Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (NRVS)
Come and visit us any Sunday. If you’re unsure about what will happen or what is expected of you, relax because you don’t have to do anything unless you choose to. Our service is relaxed and comfortable and you can simply be a visitor, sceptic, observer or seeker. We won’t try to sell you anything or pressure you in any way.
The sanctuary is filled with traditional Christian symbols and architecture. We will sing and recite some parts during the service that can be traced back over a thousand years. The language may seem strange and even archaic, but for many people, it is very helpful to worship. That’s because the structure is similar to many other denominations and touches our own memories of growing up in the church. It connects us to the historical and universal Church and reminds us that we are part of a major religion in the world and not simply having a private spiritual experience.
This aspect may give you a bit of a culture shock, but you don’t have to understand it all or agree with it all to enter into the rhythm and style of traditional worship. Many of our members don’t agree with or understand everything about our worship. Each of us connects to those parts of the service that speak to our own faith and situation.
A few quick notes:
oWe use a printed prayer of confession to keep us humble and open to personal growth.
oWe take an offering during worship to remind us of our blessings, to symbolize our commitment and service to God, and to encourage us to be generous in supporting the ministry of the church.
oWe share our joys and concerns so that we can support each other in prayer and fellowship.
oWe have children in worship because they so easily represent the joy of God’s spirit as well as calling us to nurture the growth of all of God’s children.
We have a handicap ramp in our parking lot at the back of the church. We also have cushions and hearing assistance devices for those who desire them. Our child care Nursery is provided by trained and carefully screened professionals. If there is any way we can make your worship experience more comfortable, please let us know.
Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone's job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
What is distinctive about the Presbyterian Church?
Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.