Times & Location
- We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am for Catechism Class
- Our weekly corporate worship service is from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Our address is: 7235 Bonneval Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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We Follow the Elements of the Historic Liturgy
We value these elements since forms form! We teach that we gather together as God’s gathered guests each Lord’s Day to be served by our Triune God, the Gift-giver, in order to receive His manifold and abundant gifts. Our Savior is both Lord and Servant!
So, the primary (though not exclusive) emphasis of our corporate worship is on God’s gracious service to needy sinners—His gathered guests—through the means of grace—Word and sacrament—He has ordained. Christ is present in these means of grace—the gifts of God for the people of God—through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 18:20; John 14:16–17, 26). After receiving God’s gifts, we respond with means of gratitude—acclamation, confession, repentance, faith, prayers, obedience, offering, songs of praise, etc…
Service of the Word
Service of the Sacrament
Order of Corporate Worship
The Service of the Word: Creation of Faith
Every service begins with an invocation (i.e., pulling the fire alarm; calling on the Lord to come to the aid of His people, Ps. 124:8). We call upon God to be present among us by His Spirit to reveal Christ afresh to us (Rom. 10:13; Eph. 1:15-23).
The salutation (i.e., God’s greeting) is the triune God’s response to His gathered guest’s invocation. The good news is that when we call upon the Name of the Lord, He listens and responds. The triune God greets us with unexpected words of comfort and assurance, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The acclamation is the congregation’s response to God’s greeting. The minister declares, “Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” And the people answer, “And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen!” Having been greeted with good news, God’s gathered guests respond with loud and enthusiastic heartfelt praise to the triune God for His gifts of grace and peace.
Before the reading of the Law, we thought we were good people who just needed to be better. But after hearing God speak, we are like the children of Israel who heard God delivering the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai, “You speak to us and we will listen. But do not let God speak with us lest we die,” (Ex. 20:19). By hearing God’s law, we recognize our sinfulness (Rom. 3:20). In response to God's verdict, we confess (agree with God) that we have no way of escape and cry out for mercy.
As the law kills us, the gospel makes us alive. In the public declaration that God has forgiven our sins, we move from judgment to grace. Whereas the law condemned us, the gospel now comforts and assures our hearts that God is now our Father who loves us and no longer our judge who condemns us.
Having confessed our sins and received assurance of God’s forgiveness, the way is opened for us to respond to God who summons us to gather before Him (Ps. 95:1-7; Isa. 55:1-7).
The gospel tunes our hearts to sing. It gives rise to strong, powerful affections for Christ. It creates an invisible explosion in the soul. Through our music and singing, we seek to give public sounding form and visible expression to this invisible explosion! Thus, our songs are a heartfelt response of joy to the good news of Christ for us.
In obedience to the apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy (1 Tim. 4:13), we stand and give attention to the reading of God’s Word, which is the chief means of grace.
We highly value the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit. Apart from the Holy Spirit (Lk. 24:16, 31; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:3-4), it is impossible to understand the Christ-centered truth of the Bible. And so we ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds to understand the meaning of the Scriptures and to apply the Scriptures to our lives. For, apart from the work of the Spirit, the Bible is a dead letter (Ps. 119:18; 1 Cor. 2:6-16; Eph. 1:17-18) and the Christian life is impossible.
The preaching of God’s Word is the highpoint of the Service of the Word. We are committed to “apostolic preaching” (i.e., Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, expository preaching and teaching, cf. Lk. 24:27, 44; 1 Tim. 4:1-5; 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:15). All biblical passages testify in some way to Jesus Christ (Lk. 24:27, 44). Thus, the content of every sermon is a proclamation of some aspect of the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8).
The Nicene Creed is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian Church.
The Service of the Sacrament: Confirmation of Faith
This sacrament is the Gift-giver’s gift to His gathered guests. Holy Communion is not strictly the works of men but of God. Holy Communion is also called The Lord’s Supper which emphasizes the truth that Jesus is the host at His own table. In the service of the Sacrament, we see the gospel—a visible proclamation of the gospel. In 1 Corinthians 11:26, Paul refers to the Lord’s Supper as a visible proclamation of the gospel, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Christ instituted the sacraments so that the Christian may see and understand more clearly and feel and experience more profoundly the promises of the gospel. Therefore, the chief aim of this second part of the service is to more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the Gospel: namely, that of free grace, God grants us the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life for the sake of the one sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the cross.
“Excelling in acts of grace to advance the work of the gospel.” Following the ministry of Word and sacrament, everyone is given an opportunity to respond in gratitude by giving as they prosper to advance the work of the gospel (2 Cor. 8-9).
The service always concludes with a gospel blessing (2 Cor. 13:14; 2 Thess. 3:5; Jude 24).
Where Do Children Go During the Service?
All children four and under are checked into the nursery before corporate worship begins. Children five and older join their parents in corporate worship (NOTE: Parents with children ages 5-10 are given the option to allow their children to be dismissed before the sermon to attend a children’s Bible study).
How Should I Dress?
Come in whatever you are most comfortable in. Modesty is the measure. You will find folks wearing wear khakis, jeans, business casual and formal.
If you would like more information about our corporate worship, see the sermon series, “The Gift-Giver and His Gathered Guests.”
For any other questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.