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Worship

Worship is a way of life.

Whatever we do and say we do it all to the glory of God. Moreover, the high point in this life of worship occurs each week when we assemble as a congregation for the privilege of uniting our voices in a planned service that allows us to worship God corporately.

The following is a list of emphases we strive to achieve in our public worship services:

God‐ward in Focus

We gather for the purpose of worshipping the one and only God—our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Friend. Consequently, nearly everything we do is focused on acknowledging and celebrating His greatness—especially His gracious display of love to us in the gospel. He alone is the Audience for whom we perform.

Congregational in Orientation

We gather for the purpose of worshipping corporately—just as God Himself desires. This is why our prayers, confessions, and singing are most frequently offered to Him in the first person plural: “Our Father . . . We believe . . . We confess . . .”

Passionate in Expression

We gather for the purpose of worshipping passionately, actively engaging our intellect, emotions, and body. Moreover, given the life‐transforming implications of the gospel, joy is the primary quality that distinguishes our congregational praise.

Gospel‐centered in Structure

We gather for the purpose of worshipping in a manner that rehearses the gospel, employing a format shaped by the contours of Christ’s redeeming work. Since worship is our response to His loving provision, nothing is more honoring of His grace than making its themes our own.

Classical and Contemporary in Style

We gather for the purpose of worshipping with a style that is both classical and contemporary. We borrow from the church’s worship in the past—employing ancient creeds, historic confessions, and time‐honored music—while affirming our own distinct culture (the Pacific Northwest in this 21st century). Our worship is an indigenous and contemporary expression of our ancient faith.

Biblical in Boundary

We gather for the purpose of worshipping “by the book,” putting to use various components of worship found in the Scriptures. These principal elements include: prayer, singing, reading and preaching the Bible, the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and the giving of offerings.