For many, your first experience with our church gatherings, will be our Sunday Morning Corporate Worship. When we gather for corporate worship, we do so to exalt our great God (Ps. 34:1-3), to enable the word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16), to encounter the presence of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4-7) and to edify our each other (1 Cor. 14:26). We are intentional about using every component of our gathering time to accentuate the Bible’s focus on the Gospel Message, from creation to fall to redemption to final glory. Our desire is that God would be glorified both in our gatherings, but also in what God does through our gatherings as each of us returns to our daily lives and families. Striving for this kind of glory-giving must originate from bible-enriched people. Therefore, we seek to saturate our worship with Scripture. For this reason, we sing the gospel, pray the gospel, preach the gospel, speak the gospel, see the gospel, and give for gospel growth.
While we are firm on this biblical foundation, we are not as firm about styles and appearance. As for music style, we play all sorts of things: classic hymns, gospel songs, retuned hymns, modern worship songs, praise and worship songs, and the list goes on. We believe only a diversity of styles will properly reflect the complexity of our God. Just as one song cannot possibly capture the fullness of God, so one musical style cannot possibly communicate the unending complexity of our God. While we use a variety of musical styles, we employ a simple approach in the manner of our worship. We have opted to not compete with the beauty of the Gospel’s message, nor distract from its truth, with a complexity of physical enhancements.
As to appearances, we desire our people to come dressed as their convictions allow. So, for some, this might look like a formal suit and tie. For others, this may look something more like business casual. And for others, it could simply be casual. We are fine with it all in so much as we are not dressing for the purpose of being accepted by God or others. Rather, we want our focus to be on the heart: dress in such a way that you can worship the Lord and not be an overt distraction for others. Again, our gatherings are about us coming before our Lord God and being worked over by the gospel. Arrive prepared for this, both in your heart and in your attire.