What to Expect
What to expect when you visit Redeemer
When you visit Redeemer, you can expect to worship in a way that is Biblical, Historical, and Participatory...
Biblical Worship - Since the Bible stands at the center of who we are and what we do, you can expect a worship service at Redeemer to be saturated in Scripture. In keeping with ancient Christian tradition, our worship service is liturgical. We believe that worship is a covenantal conversation between God and His people. God begins this conversation through the call to worship, and this sets the tone of the conversation. God will address His people through His Word and Spirit, and His people will respond in prayer and song. Our liturgy at Redeemer reflects this dialogical principle of worship. Thus, the components of our service every week are relatively simple and consistent:
The Word of God (various readings and preaching)
Prayer (offered at different parts of the service)
Songs of Praise
Sacraments (At Redeemer, we celebrate the Lord's Supper every week)
Historical Worship - While the Bible is our only authoritative guide for worship, we recognize that we are not the first generation of Christians who have thought deeply about how to worship God. Our fellow saints were doing it for two thousand years before we ever showed up, and we have much we can learn from them. At Redeemer, we have sought intentionally to connect our worship with that of previous generations of the church. We don't believe that "new" is always better.
Participatory Worship - Our service is organized in a way that enables everyone to participate in the worship service. We do not believe that the people of God should be passive spectators in worship as if they were watching a movie or a broadway play. Rather, God encourages us to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual psalms" (Col 3:16). Our service is structured very intentionally as a dialogue or conversation between God and His people. He speaks, and then we as a congregation have the privilege and responsibility to respond together with prayer, songs of praise, or various responsive readings of Scripture.
Children in the Worship Service - For those who have young children, please relax and take a deep breath! We want them in the sanctuary during our worship service and they are not a distraction. Having our children with us will allow them to not only learn the importance of worship but they also pick up much more than we sometimes think. Feel free to sit up front where it is easier for your kids to see and hear what is happening. So again, relax and take a deep breath. The noises and excitement that comes with having children in our worship is not a distraction, but a gift from God to our entire church. However, we do have a nursery during the worship service if you prefer that for your children.
What to Wear - We have a very eclectic dress at Redeemer. You will find people in jeans and tee shirts and you will find people in suits and dresses.
For more details about how this plays out in our service order, see here.