Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Does it Matter?
Twice every Sunday, at 9:30 AM and again at 2:30 PM, the Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church of Lincoln gathers together for worship services. Why do we worship together? Simply put, because we are the congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is our duty, and our privilege, to worship God. The Bible teaches us that the reason God saves us is “that we might be for the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12) This is our purpose as God’s people, and it happens in a special way in the worship service. We praise God by listening to the proclamation of His Word, by singing psalms and hymns to His glory, by offering our gifts as tokens of our thankfulness for our salvation in Jesus Christ.
What is a Worship Service?
The Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church of Lincoln follows a Reformed style of worship. Reformed worship is structured according to God’s covenant, that is, His relationship with His people. Worship is a special time of meeting and fellowship between the LORD as our God and us as His people, in which He speaks and we listen, and, in which we speak, and He listens. He is the focus of the service. Since we are sinful people and He is a holy God, we come before him with due humility and only through the one Mediator and eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ. While we know that in Christ, we may “draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22), we seek to “worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:29), conscious of the fact that we are worshipping the great Lord of lords and King of kings.
We are not free to worship God as we see fit. We need to discern from God’s Word how He wants us to worship Him. We believe that in the Second Commandment, God is telling us that we should not worship Him in any other manner than He has commanded in His word. This is why in the worship services at Vineyard, the preaching of the Word of God, congregational singing, and prayer are central to the order of worship.
In worship, as in all aspects of the life and ministry of His church, the Word of God is the rule and guide for all our decisions and actions. We gather in order to honour, praise, and glorify Him. At the same time, we receive from the LORD wonderful gifts – the forgiveness of sins and His providential care over our lives.
Receiving God’s Gifts
How do we receive these gifts? God gives them to us especially through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we receive them by believing the gospel. As we listen, we hear from the Bible all about God’s gifts, how He sacrificed His own Son to save us from our sins, how He sent His Holy Spirit to give us faith and to live in our hearts. Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23) In the gospel, God also teaches us how to live the new life He gives us in Christ, so that “our light may shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)