Who we Worship
We worship God who reveals himself to us and to the world through his one and only Son Jesus Christ. This is revealed to us by God through his word (The Bible) as we can see in Hebrews 1:1-3 “1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
We don’t need to imagine or dream up who God is, what he is like, what he expects of us and how he expects us to respond to him and worship him because all of this has been revealed to us in the Bible.
The Bible is also known as “God’s word” because it is the transcript of the words he has spoken to us through his servants and in particular through his Son Jesus Christ. Because it is God’s word it is truth and can be relied upon and trusted. Therefore it governs all the things that we do in our church. It governs our worship, it governs the qualification of leaders in the church, it governs how we deal with each other and more importantly it governs how we live and respond to God.
What is God like?
God has revealed, through his Son, that he is a triune God which means he is one God made up of three persons being God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We see this most clearly in Matthew 28: 18-20 where Jesus gives the great commission to his disciples “Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Notice that Jesus says name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He does not say names, he speaks in the singular not the plural.
Through the Bible we come face to face with God. The God we worship is all wise, he is infinite, he is sovereign, he is holy, he is just, he is merciful, he is faithful, he is all powerful, he is all knowing, he is self-existent, he is self-sufficient, he never changes, he is good, he is gracious, and he is always present.
Why do we worship God?
Paraphrasing the Westminster Confession of Faith “God has lordship and sovereignty over all; God is good and does good and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our might.”
Worship is our proper response for the love that God has shown us in Christ Jesus for saving us unto eternal life through the death of his one and only beloved Son on the cross; dying in our place so that might live; suffering God’s judgment so that we could be declared sinless and be set free.
God does this so that we might have a relationship with him and so that we might be one with him.
What can you expect when you attend one of our worship services?
Our worship services consist of hymn singing from the Rejoice hymnal, prayers of thanksgiving, adoration and confession and intercessory prayer (praying for the church and others), bible reading/s, announcements, offering and the sermon.
The sermon forms a major part of the worship service because through it we hear God’s word explained to us so that we can see what God is saying to us today. You can hear what our sermons are like by listening to one of the sermons that have been uploaded to this website. If you would like to listen to a sermon click here.
If you are a visitor to one of our congregations do not feel under any obligation to make an offering to the life and work of our church when the offering is taken up during the service.
The length of service varies but is generally between 1hr and 1 hr 15 minutes.
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Communion)
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on a quarterly basis in our Parish. On three of those occasions during the year we celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a Parish meaning all the congregations come together to worship in one of our centres. The Session believes that this is important in the life of the church because it again reminds us that we are all one in Christ.
One the other occasion during the year the Lord’s Supper is celebrated in each congregation.