Worship is one of the most important things Christians do. Our service at Messiah has one focus: our Savior, Jesus. Worship is centered on God coming to us with the message of the gospel: the good news about everything Jesus has done for us. That message saves us and changes us. We focus on the reading of his message of salvation and singing hymns full of rich content and meaning.
Each service lasts just under one hour. A typical service which you can expect to experience every Sunday has a pattern to it to help you follow:
- Greeting: The pastor greets everyone and introduces the theme of the day to everyone.
- Opening Hymn: We open by singing a hymn which introduces the theme of the day and sets the tone for the whole service.
- Confession & Absolution of Sins: We know we can't approach God all by ourselves. We can't appreciate Jesus and his work if we don't see our need for him. That is why the first thing we do is confess our sins and hear the proclamation of God's forgiveness to us. With all our sins gone and our relationship to God restored, we can joyfully stand before God at peace.
- Scripture Readings: Reading God's Word is one of the most essential parts of the service. There are typically three readings, which are unified to form one central theme for the service: one from the Old Testament, one from the Epistles in the New Testament, and one from the Gospels. The last reading from the Gospels that shows us the words and works of Jesus forms the theme for the day.
- Psalm of the Day: The book of Psalms in the Old Testament was the songbook of the ancient church. Still today we sing fresh settings of these songs from the Bible which match the theme for the day.
- Hymn of the Day: This is the central and most important hymn. It is typically rich in content and teaches the theme for the day which comes from the truths of the Gospel lesson. It is sung between the Gospel lesson and the sermon.
- Sermon: This message by the pastor is based off of one of the Scripture readings and helps explain the theme of the day. After hours studying the lesson in its original language (Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament), the pastor crafts a message that not only helps explain the meaning of the text but also gives us a relevant application to our lives as Christians.
- Offering: After hearing and being motivated by the good news of Jesus, our members gather an offering out of thankfulness. We give of God's gifts to us so that others might hear that same life-changing message of Jesus. We do not compel anyone to or expect our guests to contribute. This service is our free gift to you.
- Prayer of the Church: The Bible teaches us to bring all of our requests to God. Here we boldly and confidently bring forth our requests, thanksgiving, and special prayers for those in need.
- Lord's Prayer: This simple yet profound prayer Jesus himself taught his disciples is included in every service.
- Blessing: This is the oldest part of the service, which has been said in worship for over 3500 years. Ever since the Old Testament, the Lord has wanted his people to depart with the confidence that he is with us as he gives us his blessing, grace, favor, and peace. This is the best encouragement and strength as we leave to live for him during the upcoming week.