Gather, Grow, Go
Blended Service – Contemporary and Traditional
Our blended service begins at 10:30 a.m. and it seeks to create an environment of worship that is true to who we are as a church and community. This service includes the singing of contemporary Christian music and well-loved hymns of the faith, the communal reciting of liturgy through the Church’s ancient creeds, a time of sharing joys and concerns, prayer, baptisms, the reading of scripture, and a sermon by Rev. Reyn Sewell. Nursery is provided during this service and communion is served on the first Sunday of every month.
Every Sunday morning Waldheim offers a time of fellowship immediatly following the blended service at 10:30 am. We provide an assorted variety of pastries and coffee to enjoy with fellow brothers and sisters in the faith.
So what is worship?
Worship is much more than Sunday ….worship is presenting ourselves as a “holy and living sacrifice” daily.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Elements of Worship
Motivation – “the mercies of God”
Everything God has given us we don’t deserve: eternal love, eternal grace, the Holy Spirit, everlasting peace, joy, saving faith, comfort, strength, wisdom, patience, kindness, honor, glory, righteousness, security, eternal life, forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, freedom and so much more.
Manner of worship – “present our bodies as a holy and living sacrifice”
We give ourselves to God ….our entire bodies. All of our humanness – our hearts, minds, hands, thoughts, attitudes – are to be presented to God. This is our sacrifice on the altar to God.
How – “by the renewing of your mind”
We replace worldly wisdom with true wisdom that comes from God. There is only one way to renew your mind and that is by the Word of God. The Scriptures remind us of the true mercies of God which leads to holy living.
True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they worship, what music they should sing, and how their worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things misses the point. Jesus tells us true worshippers will worship God in Spirit and truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God has designed. Worship can include praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person are in the right place.
True worship is not confined to a building or songs of praise… although both of these are good. True worship is the acknowledgment of God and His power and glory in everything we do everyday.
Therefore, true worship means what we do brings more glory to God than it does ourselves.