Worship services help us reach up to God in praise, adoration, confession, lament, dedication, and prayer. They strengthen our belonging to this local body of Christ, our believing the truth as revealed in Creation, Scripture, and Christ, and our becoming healthy followers of Christ. Worship services matter a lot because worship is the core of the church's life. We believe that worship is an encounter with the risen and ascended Christ.
In Revelation 4-5, we are ushered via John’s vision into the heavenly throne room of God. At the center of this magnificent vision is a throne (4:2-11), and standing in the center of the throne is the Lamb who was slain for the life of the world. Around the throne, all who are present fall down and worship, because when they see the Lamb they cannot help but worship (5:8-14). This is the worship that is currently happening in heaven. Right now, Christ is seated on the throne; right now, Christ is receiving the worship of heaven. In our own small way, then, every Sunday we join in with these praises, and participate in the worship of heaven.
What does this actually look like on a Sunday morning at Fleetwood? We’d love to have you come join us to find out! The order of our service reflects the broader Reformed tradition of which we are a part. This means that our worship is centered on Word and sacrament: every week we hear the Scriptures read and God’s Word preached, and about once a month we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together.
If you want to get a feel for what it would be like to worship with us, feel free to check out the service order in our bulletins or feel free to watch a past service streaming on our website.
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A variety of adult small groups meet Sunday afternoons from 4:45-6:00 at the church and others at a variety of other locations and times throughout the week.
Our lives are lived according to a calendar. It provides shape and order to our lives, and helps us to know exactly where we are in the course of a year. The Christian ‘calendar’ is no different. On a broad scale, it orders our worship, and every year we know we’re going to come back to the same themes. Every year, the Christian year helps us celebrate, remember, and participate in the central elements of the ministry of Jesus. Below is the basic ‘order’ of our yearly worship:
- Advent, which prepares us for God’s coming to live among us in Jesus
- Epiphany, which celebrates Jesus as the revelation of God for the whole world
- Lent, which calls us to put sin to death, and to journey with Jesus towards the cross
- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which focus on Jesus’ crucifixion
- Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death
- Ascension, which calls us to live in light of Christ’s present reign
- Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Spirit to empower us for such living and to draw us into the life of God