What is your worship service like?
When you arrive on a Sunday morning, one of the first things that will happen is that someone will greet you and hand you a bulletin. The bulletin is the entire service printed out for you.
We often begin our services by singing a song together. Don't worry, if you are not comfortable singing with a new group of people, just listen. Throughout the service, we will sing 3-4 songs and also a psalm. All of the songs and the psalm tie in to the theme of the message for the day. There will always be 3-4 readings from the Bible. Near the middle of the worship service, we have a 15-20 minute sermon or message from the pastor, usually teaching about one of the Bible readings for the day.
Our service is liturgical in nature, meaning that there is a basic order to our service that you will see almost every Sunday. This doesn't mean that the services are all identical, it only means that there is an underlying foundation to most of our services. Why do we do this? The New Testament Christian church has been worshipping for nearly 2000 years. Parts of our service can be traced back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. By keeping some pieces of the worship service the same, we form a symbolic tie back to all the Christians who have gone before us. It is a neat reminder for us that we are not alone as Christians and that God has faithfully preserved his Church and will continue to do so.
Many things that we do a much more modern. Not everything is based on tradition. We attempt to strike a balance between the old and new, with all of it focused on building the faith of everyone in attendance.