Worship is at the heart of the identity, mission, and work of the church. The faith that brings us into union with Christ also draws us into communion with God through worship. The salvation we have received creates within us a hunger for fellowship with God and with His people. While everything we do as Christians should seek to glorify and enjoy God (and thus be “worshipful” as 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Romans 12:1-2 teach) there is a particular significance to those times when we gather for worship, whether corporately, as families, or privately.
Of all the times of worship that we enjoy, corporate worship is the most important. It is only in corporate worship together on the Lord’s Day that we receive the preaching of the Word, the fellowship, prayer, and praise of the saints, and the opportunity to participate in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Because of this, we believe that worshiping together is one of the most important and rewarding things we can do as believers. Our worship centers on these ordinary means of grace that God gives to His church.
While musical styles are not unimportant, they aren’t the most important thing. We seek to follow the Biblical pattern of singing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19). We delight in singing the Biblical psalms, as well as both historic and contemporary hymns. Our worship seeks to be filled with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28) as well as joy and gladness (Psalm 100:2)!
Not only are we called to worship God corporately on Sundays, we also have the great privilege of gathering as families to worship the Lord throughout the week as well (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Joshua 24:15)! Gathering as families regularly to sing, pray, and read God’s Word is one of the important ways that parents can help to disciple their children as members of the covenant. This doesn’t mean that fathers have to put together an hour long worship service every night! It can be as simple as taking a few minutes around the breakfast or dinner table to read from the Bible, pray as a family, and sing praise together. You can learn more about why family worship is important here, and what family worship can look like here.
In addition to all of this we have the daily pleasure of personal and private communion with God. Taking time each day to seek the Lord through meditating on the Scriptures and lifting up our hearts in prayer and praise helps us to grow in both grace and godliness. Time spent in private daily worship whets our appetites for worshiping as a family and ultimately, worshiping with God’s people!
To learn more about worship, check out Chapter 21 of the Westminster Confession of Faith