Our Order of Worship
Our order of worship follows a pattern of the worship of the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – using elements which are given to us in Scripture. In Scripture, God has made known to us His will for the way in which his people should worship Him – he calls us, restores us, instructs us, seals us, and then commissions us.
If you have never attended a protestant church with a traditional order of worship such as ours, what we do in the course of our worship service may seem unfamiliar to you. Rather than be intimidated by it, we pray that as our pastor leads the congregation through the order of worship for the week, that you will be blessed by the Word of God as it is used throughout the service, and that you would hear it as God’s address to his people. Hymns and Psalms are selected for use based on their relevance to the passage being during the service, as are readings from the Bible which are used in the course of worship.
Music at LPC
We are a multi-generational church, and we embrace hymns from all generations – some as recent as 3 years old, some as old as 3500 years (like Psalm 90). We select hymns for their theological richness and precision (which contemporary Christian music tends to lack), being enthusiastic about metrical Psalms as well, since they are the very Word of God. Toward that end, many of our selections come from the Trinity Hymnal, as well as our own church’s Psalter, although we do draw from other sources as well.
While musical performances can be worshipful, public worship is not a musical performance. We do not have a worship “team.” God’s intent for public worship is that all his people sing together, not that the most talented perform on stage while the rest try to keep up. Instrumentation and accompaniment in public worship should aid congregational singing rather than distract from it – or worse – overpower it. For this reason, we keep our accompaniment simple (usually a piano, with an occasional violin), and in our evening services, we sing a capella (without accompaniment).
Preaching and Teaching
All of our preaching is expository in nature. In other words, it is text-driven preaching. The point(s) of the sermon come from the meaning of the text in its proper context. Ordinarily, we preach through entire books of the Bible, without skipping passages, over the course of many months (or even years), although sometimes the pastor will sometimes choose a verse (or verses) from outside the series as he feels so moved, or for the sake of variety. Sometimes we will preach a sermon series on relevant topics, but the preaching will always be expository – in other words – it will always be thoroughly Biblical.
We affirm that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God (literally, “God-breathed”) and is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). This means you will hear sermons (and entire sermon series) on books of the New and the Old Testaments alike, but always with a view to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the redemption he has accomplished for his people.
Children in Worship
We welcome children of all ages in our worship service, and we encourage their participation in the service as they become able. We are confident that this pleases the Lord, who has encouraged us to “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Our Narthex, which is audio-equipped, is separated from the sanctuary only by, and doubles as a cry-room during the service for children who need a little extra space (as children often do). We are a church with many young families, so we are never discouraged or distracted by the occasional noises they make (joyful or otherwise) as they are growing in the worship of the Triune God alongside their families, no matter what age they are.
We do have a nursery, and we offer childcare for young families whose children are not yet of age to participate in public worship in a way that allows their family to receive the preached word. We are happy to provide age-appropriate childcare programming for our children and guests for the convenience and the conscience of parents of children at every stage.
All of our childcare workers and teachers (and elders and deacons, for that matter) have undergone background checks and applicable abuse awareness modules as part of the MinistrySafe™ training system. We believe that God has charged us solemnly to care for the safety of our children and yours, in addition to their spiritual growth, and that is a charge we take seriously.
Baptism and The Lord's Supper
We take the Lord’s Supper as a congregation on a weekly basis in our morning service. If you are visiting with us, you are welcome to participate with us in our celebration of the Table if you are a baptized member, in good standing, of a church that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, to be received by faith alone.
We practice Baptism according to the desire of our Lord. Christ has appointed that Baptism should be applied to believers and their children as a sign and seal of his saving work on their behalf. For more information regarding the Biblical nature of this practice, please see the relevant resources on our resource page. Our elders would likewise be pleased to entertain your questions as to the nature of this practice.