the Regulative principle
As a church we adhere to the regulative principle of worship which came out of the Protestant Reformation. The Regulative Principle states that everything we do in our corporate worship is to be clearly spelled out by the Lord in HIs Word. We believe that the Lord cares how we worship Him and has declared that way clearly to us in HIs Word. Worship is the purpose of our redemption and we as a church desire to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
The Word of God shapes our Worship of God
As a church we structure our Sunday Morning Worship gathering in a way that reflects the Lord's commitment to sanctifying the church through His Word (John 17:17). The way to do this is to gather to: read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and testify to the Word (ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper). This is what you can expect in every worship gathering held here at Trinity Church.
The Structure of Trinity's Worship Gathering
(This order of service is found in Isaiah 6.)
Each Sunday we gather corporately to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ because His gospel of grace changes everything. Each part of our Sunday Worship Gathering focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ because such an emphasis glorifies God the Father, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, edifies believers, and engages those who are exploring the faith. At a typical Sunday Gathering expect ancient and modern, God-centered and biblically sound hymns ans songs, expository preaching of God's Word making the point of the passage the point of the message and working our way through books of the Bible, Scriptural readings, biblical, doctrinal teaching and weekly communion.
Our Weekly Order of Worship
ADORATION - Each week we gather joyfully to enter into together what is happening 24/7 in heaven - the white-hot worship and adoration of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We start our worship with a gathering song, a welcome and a call to worship in order to get our focus off of ourselves and onto the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we sing a set of songs of praise and adoration of our GOD focusing on who He is and what He has and is doing. We end this time together with a Pastoral Prayer.
PROCLAMATION - Our GOD is a communicating GOD who wrote a Book. He speaks to us in these last day through His Son (Heb. 1) and HIs Book, the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Each week we dig into the Scriptures together as our alone authority for what we believe and how we live. It is through the Bible only that we hear the voice of GOD and are progressively sanctified into the image of Christ. This center-piece of our worship includes the reading of God's Word and the Expository Preaching of the Word (2 Tim. 4:1-4).
DEDICATION - We take communion every week because during this time we remember our Lord Jesus Christ - His righteous life and atoning death on the cross that alone saves and sanctifies sinners. In order to prepare to take the Lord's Supper rightly and in response to the preaching of God's Word, we confess our sins through prayer (1 John 1:8-10) and we are assured of God's forgiveness in Christ. Being exposed to the gospel anew in preaching and in the taking of communion elicits a response from us of commitment to the Lord and His will. We conclude this part of our worship time dedicating ourselves anew by singing songs of thanksgiving and renewed commitment to the Lord and His Word.
PRESENTATION - An encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and God as our Father in worship and Word requires a Spirit-filled response to live for HIs glory and the advancement of HIs kingdom. Isaiah the Prophet presented himself to the Lord by saying, 'Here am I, send me' (Isaiah 6). Likewise we end each service with a presentation song, a call to mission and a benediction.