Worship is what God created us for. It is where we are most ourselves. God invites us to bring all of who we are - our doubts, our joys, our sorrows, the whole of our lives - to him as an offering of praise to him.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our community loves people, and it’s our desire to connect with you no matter where you’re at in life. We want people to feel safe and loved in a judgment-free atmosphere. In short, we want everyone to experience the love of Jesus whether they are long-time members of the community or just visiting.
Liturgy comes from a Greek word--λειτουργία--which means "the work of the people." The reason we call it liturgical is because our worship is a communal endeavor from start to finish. Together we sing praise to the Lord, hear God's Word read, listen to the preaching of God's word, profess our belief in Jesus, pray responsive prayers, confess our sins and receive the promise of forgiveness, share fellowship and reconciliation with one another, give back to God of our resources, and eat and drink from the Table of Christ in Holy Communion.
The Flow of Our Worship
There are really three “movements" to our worship service:
Giving Praise -- Worship begins with a blend ancient and modern music led by our music team, which consists of a guitars, keyboard, and bass, as well as a piano and choir. You might see some people raise their hands or clap as they sing, which is just way of expressing love to God. Other people may bow, or kneel, or make the sign of the cross--these are simply additional ways of involving our whole body in worship.
Hearing the Word -- Worship continues as we turn our attention to hearing the words of the Bible. Every Sunday we hear passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Gospel (which means “good news”). Fr. Peter or another minister will then preach from God's Word in such a way as to instruct the mind, engage the heart, and move the will. Those messages can be found on the Sermons page.
Receiving the Sacrament -- Worship ends with Holy Communion, which is sometimes called Eucharist. The word “Eucharist” is a greek word which means “thanksgiving.” Holy Communion is a celebration and a giving thanks for God’s ultimate gift of love in the sending of Jesus to free us from slavery to sin and death. God, in Jesus Christ, reconciled us to himself through his cross and resurrection. When we receive Holy Communion, we respond to the call of Jesus to love, follow, and unite ourselves to him by receiving him in the form of bread and wine. In this simple yet profound act, Jesus comes to us and strengthens us to live lives full of grace and truth. Holy Communion at Living Faith is open to all baptized Christians who are seeking to follow Jesus and live in forgiveness and fellowship with each other.
Areas to Serve:
- Lectors (Scripture readers)
- Prayer Ministers (leading The Prayers of the People or intercessory prayer during Communion)
- Sacristans (preparing the Lord's Table and the sanctuary for worship)
- Sound and Tech