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What To Expect When You Visit

 

 

When you visit Christ Reformed Church there are five things you should expect to find:

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A Christ-centered liturgy

  • Prelude
  • Call to Worship (a Psalm)
  • Invocation
  • God’s Greeting
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Hymn of Praise
  • Reading of God’s Law
  • General Confession
  • Declaration of Pardon
  • The Creed
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Reading of the Old and New Testaments
  • Sermon
  • Hymn of Preparation
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Hymn of Thanksgiving
  • Offerings
  • Doxology
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

(See this week's bulletin)

 

Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, expository preaching

Our sermons are Christ centered, with special care given to correctly distinguish between Law and Gospel.

They are Christ-centered because, following Christ’s example in Luke 24:27, He is found and preached from every text of the Bible: beginning with Moses, and all the Prophets, in all Scriptures ( i.e., from Genesis to Revelation).

They are redemptive-historical because they focus on God’ plan of salvation from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem; all passages are interpreted in the wider context of the historical drama of redemption.

They are also expository because, ordinarily, they will follow a book of Scripture from beginning to end.




    Weekly administration of the Lord’s Supper

Following the biblical pattern (as seen, e.g., in Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Cor 11:33), the practice of the apostolic church, and the advice of the Reformers, our Sunday services will always include the administration of the Lord’s Supper, which is the sign and seal of the covenant, and the visible gospel that confirms God's promises in the preached Word.  For more information about the Lord's Supper, Click Here





    An ethnically and culturally diverse congregation

We have the privilege of worshipping together with people of all ages, and of diverse ethnic backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. The Father and the Son send us the Spirit, who unites us in the preaching of the Law and Gospel and the administration of the sacraments. By his Spirit we are more and more united to Christ in his mystical body; therefore we also forever live and are governed by his Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul, to the glory of God the Father.

 

An environment which combines friendliness and reverent worship

Encouraged by a youthful demographic, we also enjoy fellowship in unstructured opportunities of light-hearted conversation. There is a love for the free exchange of ideas in a spirit of inquiry and exploration, without fear of judgment or acrimony. At the same time, during our services we come together as the covenant people of God to worship him with reverence and awe (cf. Heb. 12:28-29).