The Worshipping Church
Mankind was created to worship the Lord. This is our chief end. The problem is that we have chosen to “worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25), preferring the love of self rather than the love of our Maker. However, as Christians who are reconciled to God through the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ, we are able, by the grace of God, to fulfill our chief end once again. As Christians, we live to worship the Lord.
Yet this is not something we do merely in private, but in public. As those who belong to Jesus Christ in body and soul, we belong not only to Christ as Head but also to His body, the church. And as Christ’s church, God has called us to gather together, week after week, to meet with Him. As we do so, our weary souls are refreshed by His abiding presence. The worshiping church is a kingdom of solid joys and lasting pleasures.
Our worship is unashamedly Trinitarian. In this amazing event, our heavenly Father renews His covenant with us through the priestly intercession of His risen Son in the power of the holy Spirit; He puts on a real-life drama of the redemption we enjoy in Jesus Christ, creating and equipping disciples from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We believe that the primary and ordinary means that God uses to equip such disciples are the preaching of the Word, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, and prayer.
However, God not only deeply cares that we worship Him but how. Going all the way back to the 16th century Protestant Reformation, Reformed Christians have believed that we are to approach God according to His divine appointment, that we might “offer to God acceptable worship” (Hebrews 12:28). God has called us to worship Him according to His Spirit and truth (John 4:23-24; cf. Exodus 20:4-6). This means that Scripture itself is the rule for our worship at Faith Presbyterian Church. At our church, we endeavor to worship God according to His own steadfast design, not according to the fluctuating “commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Consequently, our morning worship on the Lord's day consists of prayer, confession of sin, the singing of Psalms and hymns, the public reading of holy Scripture, the confession of our faith together, the collection of tithes, the public preaching of holy Scripture, and the administration of the sacraments. We also believe that Sunday is the Lord's day or the Christian Sabbath and ought to be set apart for rest and the worship of God. We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the last Sunday of each month.