Worship 101

                                                                                       Lake Alfred Ministry
                                                                                            Worship 101
We welcome you to our services of worship. The most vital thing we do is worship the Living God in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We hope that as you worship with us, your hearts will be enriched, your minds opened to the things of God, and your desires shaped to His will.Below are a few pointers to assist you in joining fully into our worship.

First, worship is a verb! 

We invite you to be an active participant in our service. We seek to make the ORDER OF WORSHIP (contained in the weekly bulletin) a useful tool, along with your Bible and hymnal, to help you participate fully. An asterisk (*) marks the parts of worship when we stand if we are able.

PRELUDE:

A Musical offering to the Lord planned for reflection and preparation. We recognize that most of us lead very hectic lives. Please calm your heart and be preparing to meet God. Meditating in Scripture or reading over the words of hymns for the service is often helpful.

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

The service begins with a call to the congregation to the meeting on behalf of God.

SINGING TO THE LORD:

We encourage you to pray and praise during our songs. The Pastors select hymns or psalms that reinforce the message of the sermon and also lift up the Triune God. We use hymns that are time tested, focused on God, and reverent. Our goal is to bring you into the presence of the exalted God, no less, Who has promised His presence as we worship.

PASTORAL PRAYER OF ADORATION AND PASTORAL PRAYER OF PETITION:

A time to praise God for His attributes, thank Him for His goodness and a time to make our requests known to God. We pray for specific needs of our congregation as well, on many occasions, we pray the Lord’s Prayer together. 

CONFESSION OF SIN: 

We acknowledge our brokenness in thought, word, and deed.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 

A portion of God’s Word that assures the congregation that through God’s grace, forgiveness is granted to all who confess and repent of their sins.

CONFESSION OF FAITH:

We often use the Apostles’ Creed to verbalize our faith publicly and to unite us together.

THE SACRAMENTS : 
The sacraments of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper are celebrated as the opportunity arises – the latter usually on the last Sunday of each month.

SCRIPTURE READING:

We believe that God’s Word is perfect and cannot fail. Thus, we seek to saturate our worship with God’s Word. Every service of worship will feature portions of God’s Word because it is the bread of life.

SERMON:

An explanation and proclamation of the Bible passages. Our pastors typically preach through the books of the Bible, trusting God’s Spirit to apply His Word to our hearts. The sermon’s purpose is not to entertain but to unfold and apply the eternal message of God.

OFFERING:

Our Church’s work is supported by grateful givers and their offerings, which belong to the Lord.

BENEDICTION: (The Blessing)

This portion of Scripture gives a concluding blessing to the congregation. While the benediction is being pronounced, reverently meditate on and rejoice in God’s blessing.

POSTLUDE: 

Celebratory music played as the service has concluded.During this time, you may exit or join those who choose to remain seated to worship and listen with joy. As you leave, be sure to greet one another, deepening friendships as an overflow of worship. Join your family in Christ for a time of Christian fellowship (after morning worship) in the fellowship hall.
In the spirit of Psalm 96 we normally worship in the morning (10:30 a.m.) and evening (5:50 p.m.).You are encouraged to join us for the evening worship, which is both a great conclusion to a day of worship and a beginning of a new week. 
In essence, we seek to worship God as modeled in Scripture, not according to human imagination, custom, creativity, or glamour. This ancient and reverent worship form dependson God’s ordinary methods (Word, Sacrament, and Prayer)as effective means by which God conveys grace, strength, truth, love, and eternal life. 

We invite you to join us.