The earliest Christians believed that Jesus was crucified and died on what is now called Good Friday. Then by the greatest of all miracles, he came back to life on the first Easter. His resurrection meant for them the repair of a broken past, hope for the present, and the promise of eternal life together in the future. In solemn remembrance of Jesus’ death, and in joyful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, they began a tradition of gathering each Sunday to worship him.
The earliest Christians met together each week as friends, joining in prayer, Scripture and song, and sharing a holy meal together in the transcendent presence of God. We continue this tradition every Sunday at 5 pm The service ends around 6:30 pm, but we encourage everyone stick around to meet new friends and enjoy some refreshments.
Our worship services follow the same basic liturgical framework as the majority of Christians since the early church. Most of the prayers we say together have been prayed by Christians for centuries. At the same time, we fill in the details of the service with the music and language of the present. It’s easy to follow along using either the projected liturgy or the printed service bulletin (provided in the church foyer).
Each Sunday, the flow of our worship reminds us of the good news of the Gospel. Despite our sinfulness, God gathers us as his people. We confess our sins against him and one another, and he forgives us. We hear the Word of God and respond in creed, prayer, and Holy Communion. Finally, the Lord sends us out once more to serve him as his ambassadors to the world.
On most weeks we conclude the worship service with Holy Communion. It is a feast in the presence of the Lord Jesus and a means of grace for his disciples. We invite to the Lord’s Table all baptized, practicing Christians, including children (Read more about the Lord’s Supper). Those who aren’t sure about Christianity, or have yet to be baptized, or are estranged from Christ or his church, are welcome to remain seated during Communion, or to come forward and receive a prayer of blessing from one of the ministers.
Children are welcome in our worship services. We provide a chapel ministry during part of the service for children 10 and under. Families are also invited to join in a simple dinner following the service so that kids can get to bed shortly after returning home. All of our children’s ministry volunteers have been carefully selected & trained. Read more about our Sunday evening children’s programs here.
You may wear whatever you like. Some people dress more casually and others dress more formally. This simply isn’t a big deal at the Church of the Resurrection.