How We Worship

● We use the King James Version of the Bible in our worship services.

● We primarily sing versifications of the Psalms in our worship services and use the 1912 Psalter as our songbook.

● We gather for public worship twice each Sunday, at 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM, as the gathering of believers and their seed in the church institute (Belgic Confession article 28). The fourth commandment demands that we especially set aside Sunday as a day of rest, that is, rest from the work and distractions of this world and enter into the rest of fellowship with him.

● We worship God only as “He has commanded in his Word,” according to the second commandment (Lord’s Day 35). Our worship consists of prayer, giving of alms, singing, and the reading and preaching of God’s Word. Central to the worship service is the hearing and preaching of God’s Word. God condescends to speak to us, and we respond by faith in praise and worship to him (Ps. 27:8; 29:2). The preaching of the gospel is the chief means of grace, so it must be primary in the worship service. God will have his people taught only by the lively preaching of his Word.

● Our preaching is theocentric, meaning the sovereignty and glory of God is exalted, and man is abased.

● The doctrines of the Christian faith as summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism are preached weekly in our worship services (Church Order article 68).

● In accordance with God’s Word, we also administer the only two sacraments that our Lord instituted, namely baptism (Matt. 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:17–22).

● Children are a part of our worship service, as they are to be instructed in the fear of the Lord (Eph. 6:4) and may not be excluded or separated from the public worship of God. God is also a covenant God, and Genesis 17:7 teaches us that he promises to save his people in the line of continued generations: “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”