Dialogical - “In worship God speaks and God listens. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God challenges us, comforts us, and awakens us. And by the prompting of the Holy Spirit we listen and then respond with praise, confession, petition, testimony and dedication. Scripture consistently depicts God as initiating and participating in ongoing relationships with people (Worship Sourcebook, 16).” This initiation and participation is reflected in our corporate worship.
Trinitarian - “In worship we address the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—one God, three persons... In worship, then, we are drawn into relationship with God (the Father) through God (the Son) and by God (the Holy Spirit)(Worship Sourcebook, 16).”
Historically Grounded - We worship not only with the currently gathered body of Christ but with the Church Eternal, the Saints throughout the ages. We acknowledge that the Spirit has worked in the Church of the past and because of this we allow our worship to be shaped by historically grounded practices. We don’t use historical worship practices out of a vain love for tradition, rather we use them because of how beautifully Christ centered they are.
Pastoral - “Each part of the body of Christ worships in a particular time and place and has a unique set of needs. Each worshiping congregation needs both to identify with an already-familiar body of songs and to find new songs for worship that enrich its understanding of its particular place in Gods kingdom (Psalter Hymnal, 13).”
Confessional - “While part of the worldwide body of Christ, we stand in a particular tradition—that part of God’s people named Reformed (Psalter Hymnal, 13).” Because of this the content of our services should accurately reflect the creeds and confessions of our Reformed heritage.
Formational - Worship services are an opportunity for the believer to grow in their knowledge of the Triune God, His Word to us, and the Gospel of Grace. It’s because of this that we will pay extra attention to the lyrics, readings, and prayers that we use in our services; taking care to ensure their theological accuracy .