Worship Service Essentials
When the church, the body of believers at Living Hope, meets together the following essentials will mark each time of corporate gathering.
Each Sunday morning Pastor Brent will preach from a book of the bible with verse by verse exposition. Expositional (or expository) preaching "rightfully submits the shape and emphasis of the sermon to the shape and emphasis of a biblical text" (David Helm, Expositional Preaching)
The songs that we sing at Living Hope are Christ-centered and biblically-saturated expressions of worship. We take the charge from Colossians 3:16 seriously and love to hear the body of Christ praising God as one voice. Our songs include beloved hymns as well as new, theologically rich songs of praise.
Devotion to Prayer
During a worship service there will be certain times when one of the elders will lead the church in prayer. We understand that our worship is to be directed toward God and we get our ability to worship from His empowering grace, so we see it as crucial to specifically praise Him and plead with Him during corporate worship.
We believe that the church is the family of God, so part of our worship on Sunday mornings is to fellowship together in our conversations and prayers for one another. More than simply socialization, we see fellowship as enjoying Christ together and helping each other glorify Him more.
Once a month we take the Lord's Supper together, using the bread and the cup to remember the great sacrifice of our Savior for our sins.