Worship

 

"The practices of Christian worship over the liturgical year form in us something of an 'old soul' that is perpetually pointed to a future, longing for a coming kingdom, and seeking to be such a stretched people in the present who are a foretaste of the coming kingdom."

- James K.A. Smith

 

Whether you are familiar with church or not, we hope our worship services may be a safe place to explore the Christian faith from the inside.  We fully expect everyone to bring with them their questions, doubts, and fears, as well as their joy, eagerness, faith and everything in between.

Our worship services begin at 4 PM on the beautiful campus of Bet Haverim located at 1715 Anderson Rd.

Christ Church Davis Easter Baptism 2012 video.

Listen to original music created by our Worship Arts team for Advent here.

Worship at Christ Church


Christ Church worship services take on a similar form each week.  The historic four-movements within our service date back to the earliest days of the Christian church, and even earlier.  Gathering, Word, Table, and Sending are the backbone of the rhythms we observe from week to week.  They provide a template for the rhythms of a healthy Christian life and a context for the way we live together. As such, the elements of our liturgy call us to love God from every aspect of our being.  The ancient word liturgy means “the work of the people”. Our services are designed to encourage the active participation of the whole congregation.  We consider every aspect of our service to be an act of worship to the living God, who has revealed Himself most fully through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Join us as we gather under the name of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to seek community, offer our worship, receive grace from God, and disperse to offer our lives for others in our local community and beyond.

Gathering

We believe that God Himself has called us to this place.  All are invited to join in worship as we gather under this reality, and are reminded of the supremacy of the God who has called us.  We speak the words of Scripture together to remind us that we approach God as his “called out” community and we sing songs that proclaim the “otherness” of God and His love for all that He has created.  After this we acknowledge the brokenness exhibited throughout Creation, and even within our own hearts, through an act of confession.  Not only does this remind us of God’s offer of reconciliation, but it models (on a weekly basis) the kind of forgiveness that we are to offer to one another.


Word
Written and spoken words have the almost mysterious ability to affect our hearts.  We believe that God has spoken, and still speaks to us today as we engage with the inspired words of Scripture.  We hear, speak, and listen to God’s Word as we explore the story of God’s love that can be found in the Old and New Testament’s of the Christian Scriptures. Jesus Christ is the ultimate form of God’s Word who prompts us to consider how we might follow Him today in reality of His life, death, and resurrection.

Table
God provides us with the strength to follow Jesus and offers us unity with Him. Through the table we are reminded that the Holy Spirit unites us with each other and with Jesus because of the sacrifice He made. An ancient word often used for this act of worship is Eucharist which literally means “thanksgiving”.  We give thanks to God by remembering the cost of redemption, but we also rejoice in the real hope that this provides.  We are free to follow Him in this life without having to attain perfection, and we are free to partake in his resurrection after we have died.  We practice this rhythm every week so that we are reminded and formed by the reality of this grace and hope found only through Jesus Christ.

Sending
Christ has ascended to the right hand of the Father, and we have been invited to become His presence on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Having partaken in Christ’s body, we are then sent as Christ’s body to bear witness to the resurrection in the midst of our fallen and “graceless” world.  We no longer exist for ourselves, but for the sake of others. Christ has modeled for us this kind of self-giving which leads to life through death. The previous movements of the service lead up to this moment.  We are blessed and set free to enter God’s mission outside the walls of the church.  We do this by giving of ourselves to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those outside of the church with whom we live with everyday.