We strive to worship in a manner that is God-focused rather than man-focused. This means that we carefully order our worship so that the whole congregation joins together in singing God’s praises, confessing our sins and speaking God’s word to glorify His Name and not to entertain ourselves. Therefore our worship is vibrant and alive, heartfelt praise with the purpose of pleasing our Father in Heaven as He sits on His Throne. Here is an overview of what you will see at Providence Church.
What we Believe
- We believe that our worship should be orderly (I Cor 14:40), thus our worship is structured, designed to be a beautiful offering of praise to the Father.
- We believe we should pray together (Eph 6:18), therefore we pray corporately for God’s blessing.
- We believe we are called by God to seek forgiveness for our offenses against Him (I John 1:9), so we declare the Gospel and confess our sins as a people.
- We believe God has given us music to give Him praise and for our instruction (Eph 5:19), thus we sing the psalms and the great hymns of the faith.
- We believe God gave the Church doctrines so that we might know Him and live in victory (Rom 6:17), therefore we confess the historic creeds and learn through expository preaching.
- Lastly, our worship is an invitation by God to commune with Him (Matt 26:26-29), therefore each week we celebrate Communion together at the Lord’s Table.
We are a covenant people, a community of disciples, united in one body through Jesus Christ. Because we are one body, we believe we should worship as a body, as a family, rather than just individuals. Thus, we sing together, we pray together, and we consider the Word together. As we sing, as we pray, as we confess our faith, we encourage one another to do so with enthusiasm in heart and voice as we look beyond the words on the page to seek the will of the Lord.
Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms
Our church rests on the bedrock of the historic faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Christ’s Church throughout the centuries has professed this faith through creeds, confessions and catechisms. These confessions are apostolic, catholic (Greek for universal), protestant, and evangelical. We encourage our members to study these and to teach their children to memorize the catechisms (Greek for teaching).
Scripture clearly teaches that children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward. Because we are to bring up our children in the Lord’s nurture and admonition (and not our own nurture and admonition) our children are also Christ’s disciples (under His discipline) and worship God with us. Yes, it is true that this requires greater effort and patience by the parents to train the children to learn self control and how to participate in worship but the church body is very understanding and supportive in achieving this goal. It is a joy to see our little ones participating in the worship of God. And it is a blessed responsibility for parents to raise their children to know the Lord.
Psalms and Hymns
In our worship, we strive to do all we can to proclaim the wonder, beauty, and majesty of God. Our worship is intended to be an acceptable offering of praise before the Throne of Heaven. This includes, as we read in Colossians 3:16, teaching and admonishing one another with “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” Our praise is communal, representing the unique giftings of the Church, where people have different voices and abilities. Many of our families have learned to sing in four part harmony, adding richness to our worship. Hymns and psalms also connect us with the history of the Church—and with successive generations. We are just a portion of the Bride of Christ, a victorious church composed of men and women of faith centuries apart. When we sing historic psalms and hymns, we join with them, remembering their sacrifices and triumphs.
The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. All disciples, regardless of denominational affiliation, are encouraged to come in repentance and faith. The Table of the Lord is a time of covenant renewal, where we, as a united body, commune with the risen Christ . With their parents permission, baptized children are welcome to commune at this Table because we believe the Bible teaches that this Meal is for the family of faith, the Church – and the Church as the disciples of Christ includes the baptized children, who are also disciples. We serve both fermented and unfermented wine, using a common cup per family or from the individual communion cups. Please let the Elders know which element and cup you prefer.
The Celebration of Baptism
Celebrated any Lord’s Day after consultation and instruction by our Elders, baptism with water, which represents the Holy Spirit, is administered by pouring or sprinkling. Baptism does not save, but rather baptism marks the recipient as a disciple of Christ, a member of the visible Church, and therefore a partaker of the covenant promises of the household of God. The salvation that is promised in the covenant is appropriated by faith when one is born again by the work of the Holy Spirit. We only baptize disciples of Christ—one under His discipline (Matt 28:19-20). Baptism is given to our children because parents vow to bring them up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph 6:4). Parents can claim the covenant promises of God for their children. The promises are also to the parents for their children (Acts 2:38-39).