At Christ Church of Morgantown, we desire worship that is rooted first in the Scriptures and then in the patterns of historic Christian worship. The theology which defines our approach to God is reformed and Protestant. We are committed to worship which is biblical, God-Centered, and true to church practices throughout the ages. Our service follows a covenant renewal pattern.
First, our worship is Biblical. Worship should be filled with Biblical content. In our services you will participate in responses, Psalms, hymns, and prayers filled with Scripture. Reading Scripture from the Old and New Testaments reflects our desire to hear the whole counsel of God.
Second, our worship is God-centered. Worship should exalt our great Triune God. Our desire for God-centered worship is reflected in the pattern of our worship service.
1. God Calls Us. The Minister recites a portion of God’s Word (usually a Psalm) calling us into His presence. By this we are reminded of our covenantal relationship to Him as His people.
2. We Confess Our Sins. We fear to enter God’s presence in sin. So we confess our sins by means of corporate and individual prayer. We hear then the Assurance of Pardon, that wonderful promise that all of our sins are forgiven in Christ.
3. God Consecrates Us (Makes us Holy). God teaches His people through prayer and the Word. There are three parts to this section of the service.
4. God Feeds Us at Communion. Communion is a means of grace. We celebrate communion weekly. All who are baptized and not under church discipline are warmly welcomed at the table.
5. God Sends Us Out. We are sent from our gathering in His special presence to serve Christ in our daily vocations. We receive the benediction (blessing) of God at the close of the service.
Finally our worship is historically informed. We seek to use those universal patterns—creeds, confessions, prayers, and responses—that the Church through the ages has cherished because they are biblically rooted and edify God’s people.
You can listen to a two-part sermon series by Pastor Peter Jones titled Why We Worship the Way We Do:
Click to listen to: Why We Worship the Way We Do: Part 1
Click to listen to: Why We Worship the Way We Do: Part 2