WHAT DOES WORSHIP LOOK LIKE AT SPOTSWOOD REFORMED CHURCH
The community of faith called Spotswood Reformed Church embraces worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites and blesses His people. It is an encounter with the living and holy God through a divine-human conversation where we praise God, bring Him the best we have and are enabled to see the signs of God's grace, peace, justice and blessings in a lost and broken world so loved by Him.
Our worship is Bible centered - where God comes to us again and again through word, sacrament, prayer, music. Our corporate worship is personal - but it is not private - as we believe God created us to be in community and worship Him with a fellowship of believers.
Worshipping God through the word incorporates the use of responsive readings based on biblical passages; the reading of Holy Scripture and the preaching of a sermon based on that passage. Our children worship with us for the first part of the service and hear a Children's Message which is given by our Pastor or lay leader. We greatly value our children and seek to nurture them in worship and education.
Worshipping God through sacrament is seen in our celebration of baptism and communion. Baptism is a visible sign of our being in covenant community with Jesus Christ. During infant baptism, parents affirm their faith by vowing to participate in the life and work of the church and to raise their child in the covenant community. In response, the congregation affirms their commitment to the family and to each other to journey with them. Adult baptism is also recognized and celebrated. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and at other special times during the church year. The Table of the Lord is open to all who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Worshipping God through prayer is integral to our worship service, as prayer is woven throughout the liturgy. Prayer is an essential way to praise the Lord and hear His will for our lives. We also have a prayer team called 'House of Prayer Equipping' (HOPE). They meet regularly to pray together and to be open to the Holy Spirit's direction for ways to increase and deepen the prayer life of our church.
Worshipping God through music can be seen in many ways - through the music of our adult choir and also our children's choir, through the sharing of life events with the congregation, and singing of both traditional and contemporary hymns and choral responses throughout our service.
Our hope is that, after worship at Spotswood Reformed Church, the question would not be 'What did we get out of worship today?', but 'What did we offer God and each other in worship today?' And, further, that the worship service would move us to Christian service in the world throughout the week.