Worship and Sermons
It was well put many years ago when St. Irenaeus brilliantly declared ‘The glory of God is a man fully alive; and the life of man consists in beholding God.’ We gaze on God, we receive his life.
Worship as the Bible clearly demonstrates is not simply something that happens on a Sunday, still less when we sing a few songs together. Worship is our grateful response to God for all he has done for us. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1, THE MESSAGE)
When we gather on a Sunday, we come to worship in song, to pray, to listen to the Bible read and taught, to learn, to share, to grow. Our desire is that we encounter the living God and leave changed in some way by that encounter.
On Sundays the whole church gathers. The values that we seek to encourage are:
- We long to celebrate the love of God and the love of our church family.
- We want to experience an intimacy with God made possible through the Son, enjoyed by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- We encourage people to come to serve, to tell their story, to give. We do value participation over excellence, only wanting to give our best for the one who gave his all.
- We come with willing hearts to be changed by our interaction with each other and with God, and from what we learn from the Bible.
When we praise God in song we want to use our voices and the words of the songs to honour Him, to celebrate Him, to invite Him. We have a music group using their gifts to help us. Our style is mainly contemporary though we use a mixture of new and older songs. Our main concern is that people worship God in spirit and truth, (John chapter 4 verse 23) that their hearts are given to God rather than what particular song is used. It's not about perfect music; it's about joining the holy roar of a community honestly wrestling with what it means to follow their Creator.