A structured format that enables the Covenant People of God, when gathered together as a congregation, to respond to & embody the sacred ordinances of God. So long as a Liturgy is Biblically based, there is no single form that is greater than another. Rather, any Biblically-based Liturgy that reflects the Indigenous context in which it is located, is appropriate and acceptable.
We BELIEVE that God has revealed Himself in His Word and in History so that we might Know Him, Love Him, & be fully Alive through Him. Thus, our DESIRE is to be a true Community of the Faith: Disciples, Worshipers, & Stewards of His Kingdom as we FOCUS on cultivating an environment that is conducive to loving God, strengthening Family, and transforming Community.
The Gathering of the Congregation provides God’s People with that environment, a space & time in which they can together align their Minds, Hearts, & Wills with God’s Word. So that they may be a People after God's Own Heart, submitting themselves to the Will of the One true King, declaring with one voice the Glory & the Grace of the One who has called them out of Darkness & into the Light (cf. Acts 1:14; 2:46; 4:24/ 1 Peter 2:1-9/ Revelation 4:6-11).
As this shared experience of our common Faith occurs, a congregation begins to identify themselves as the Household of God. The Ekklesia becomes the place where they belong & where their heartbeat is not only in rhythm with God's Heart, but also the hearts of their Brothers and Sisters. For God does not dwell in buildings made of brick & mortar; He is incarnated in His People; Young & Old, Male & Female, Native & Sojourner - We are His Body (cf. 2 Chronicles 6:18/ John 4:23-24/ Nehemiah 8:1-8/ 1 Corinthians 12).
Within this framework, it is our conviction that Biblical Discipleship, Worship, and Stewardship are the sum total of a life entrusted to God. They are an act of Gratitude, of Adoration, & of Sacrifice (cf. Romans 12:1-2/ Hebrews 12:28-29/ Matthew 22:33-47). They are the essence of the Divine Mandate (cf. Genesis 1:28/ Genesis 9:7); they are embodied succinctly in the Tabernacle practices of praise, prayer, & abiding in the LORD’s Presence (cf. Hebrews 10:1-25); & they find their culmination in the Gospel of the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Thus, our Liturgy always involves a certain tension as we seek a balance between that which God has done in the past and that which He is doing in the present. the sacred traditions of our Faith are important, not for the sake of comfortable familiarity, but because our traditions are a part of our shared history. However, as each generation brings to us a “new song” we must embrace these fresh expressions of Worship as well; expanding our shared history to include their contributions to the shared experience of our common Faith (cf. Psalm 33:1-3/ Psalm 96:1).
Hymn of Gathering Psalm 100:1-5
Welcome Hebrews 10:19-25
Offering 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Messianic Gentile* call & response SHEMA Matthew 22:34-40
A Reading from the Psalms Ephesians 5:1-21
Invocational Prayer 1 Peter 2:1-10
The Apostles’ Creed Ephesians 2:1-22
Hymns of Confession Psalm 118:1-29
Congregational Prayer Hebrews 4:14-16
Hymn of Consecration Psalm 37:1-40
The Message Isaiah 40:1-8
Hymn of Sending Matthew 28:18-20
The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:7-13
The Pastoral Blessing Numbers 6:22-27