The Place of Worship

As you come to church, you will be greeted by someone at the door, or perhaps even in the parking lot. The greeter will provide a bulletin and order of worship, point you to the sanctuary, or help you with your children to nursery. But worship is more than just a warm greeting at the door. It ought to be a solemn, yet joyful encounter with the living God. Upon entrance into the sanctuary, you will find a prevailing atmosphere of quietness in anticipation of worship.  Worship involves the entire human being – mind, heart and hands. We pray that your minds will be informed, your heart expanded and your hands loosed to live all of life in worship of the God who made us and also proclaims redemption. During worship, we use the King James Version (1611) of the Bible and sing from the Psalter (1918). You will find these in the pew in front of you. To help prepare you further for worship, continue reading the principles that guide our worship and a brief summary of our practice of worship.

The Principles of Worship

All that we do must be governed by the Scriptures as God’s Word. Here are several key principles from the Bible. We believe that worship services must be:

  1. God-focused (Rev. 19:10).
  2. Christ-centered, (John 14:6).
  3. Spirit-moved, (John 16:13).
  4. Word-based, (Matt. 15:9).
  5. Heartfelt, (Matt. 15:8).
  6. Orderly, (1 Cor. 14:40).
  7. With instruction, (Col. 3:16).
  8. Shared as a church, (Heb. 10:25).
  9. Under oversight, (Heb. 13:17).
  10. On the Lord’s Day, (Acts 20:7).

The Practice of Worship

Our worship service is structured to intentionally direct our hearts to God. Before the service begins, the consistory meets for prayer and the congregation gathers expectantly to hear the Word of God. Upon entering the sanctuary, the elder of service shakes the hand of the minister and both say “blessing,” wishing God’s blessing on the preaching and hearing of the Word.

The worship service includes the following elements:


Hospitality is one of the themes at the heart of the gospel. God receives sinners with gracious hospitality. It is our growing conviction that hospitality lies at the heart of our life as a congregation and reaching out to others.

Hospitality is expressed in different ways, from a warm greeting to inviting others into our homes and lives. As you attend our church, a greeter will welcome you and help you with any questions you have. They will provide you with a bulletin and order of worship. They can also help you get your children to nursery.

Every Sunday, we also have a host family that is willing to share a meal and fellowship with you. Their names are located on the front page of the bulletin. You can meet them at the entrance. They will care for you in their home with a time of food and fellowship.

We pray that our hospitality reflects the warm heart of Christ in receiving others and leads you to His transforming kindness and grace.

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Heritage Reformed Church of Chilliwack