Communal Worship

COMMUNAL WORSHIP

 

We welcome you to encounter the living God with us in worship!

 

At Cottage Grove Church, we believe that worship is a Word-centered conversation or dialogue between God and His people.  This gathering for weekly conversation has been going on for thousands of years.  In this conversation:

(1)  God speaks to us in His Word and in the Sacraments.

  • ~ God speaks to us through His Word (the Bible) to remind and reassure us of all He has done to save us, especially in the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, of His promises to us, to invite us to come to Him in repentance and faith, and to strengthen and guide us for our Christian life.  Through His word, He even creates faith in the hearts of those who don’t yet know and trust Him (Romans 1:16; 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23-25).
  • ~ God confirms, strengthens and feeds our faith with simple, yet powerful visuals that reinforce His promises to us in His word.  We call these visuals the Sacraments:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (See Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 69,74,75,78,81).

(2)  We respond to Him in ways that are faithful to His Word.

 

At Cottage Grove Church, we carefully plan the worship service, keeping the ‘flow’ of this conversation in mind.  We also keep in mind the Bible’s instruction about key components that we should routinely include in this conversation.  If you take a close look at our orders of service in our Sunday bulletins, you will discern the ‘back and forth’ of this word-centered conversation as we move through.

 

God Speaks to Us:

  • ~ Call to Worship & God’s Greeting
  • ~ Call to Confession / Assurance of Forgiveness
  • ~ Scripture & Message
  • ~ Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
  • ~ God’s Blessing

We Respond to God:

  • ~ Songs of Praise, Confession, Assurance, Request & Lament
  • ~ Prayers of Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, Request
  • ~ Choirs and Soloists who voice our response to God
  • ~ Our Offerings to God

 

Throughout this conversation, the emphasis is always on God’s Word.  God speaks to us through His Word and our responses are based on His Word.  Although we incorporate music and visuals, we try to make sure that those ingredients help us focus on the words said or sung, not distract us from them.

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the One who prepares our hearts to encounter Jesus Christ in worship, to hear His voice, and to respond with humility, trust, love and allegiance to Him.  Without the Holy Spirit’s power and presence, worship becomes a meaningless, lifeless ritual.

 

We meet for worship twice each Sunday:  at 9:30 am, then again at 5:30 pm.