Our Liturgical Practices

 

Worship
Twice on the Lord's Day, we respond to the Lord's invitation to worship Him. In worshipping God, we see ourselves as guests in His house. We strive to worship Him in a pure, unalloyed manner, i.e., only in accordance with His explicit and implicit commands in Scripture. We believe that in worship, God and we enter into a dialogue wherein we humbly bring our adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplications to Him through prayer, songs, and offerings; and He speaks to us in His Word wherein He encourages, strengthens, instructs, and chastises us for our good. Our worship has as its primary and final goal the glory of our Lord (Lev. 10:1-3, 10-11). The Bible permits nothing to eclipse that singular, overarching goal of worship.

We believe the moral Law of God gives direction and sets the norm for Christian living, hence its inclusion in worship (Rom. 8:1-4). Following the historic tradition of the Reformed churches, we also ordinarily preach from the Heidelberg Catechism as a summary of Christian Doctrines.

Sacraments
Following the teaching of Scripture, we observe two sacraments: Holy Baptism, and the Holy Supper of Our Lord.

Baptism is administered to all believers and their children.

The Lord's Supper is administered six times a year, and only to those who have matured in their faith, and demonstrated an adequate understanding of the sacrament. Profession of faith has been established as the means through which that maturity is demonstrated. Therefore while we do practice infant baptism, we refrain from infant communion (Luke 22:17-20; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38-39; 1 Cor. 11:17-34).