For those of you that don’t know, my name is David Shearer and I am the pastor elect at Bethel Presbyterian Church. My family and I are excited to be joining you in ministry. My first sermon will be this Sunday at 11:00. I hope that you come out to join us as we worship the Almighty God together.
I also wanted to mention that worship might look a little different than you are used to. Human beings have been worshiping God since time immemorial and in that time we have worshiped him in many different ways. Each style seeks to emphasize different aspects of worship and different attributes of our God.
I choose to do that by drawing attention to different parts of the Sanctuary. As you worship with us on Sundays, please watch where I am standing and what I am doing as I lead worship. Notice the symbolism behind my actions and the actions of others that are leading worship.
A few examples to get you started:
Watch as the acolyte and I process at the beginning of the service, bringing in the light, and then as the service ends watch as we take that light out into the world.
Notice as the service begins how I pour the waters of baptism, reminding us that we have been chosen by God to be his people.
Watch as I proclaim the forgiveness of God from behind the communion table, which represents the sacrifice of Christ which made that forgiveness possible.
Finally, pay attention to the flow of worship and how it progresses from our preparation for the word, including the call to worship and our confession, to the proclamation of the word, to our response to the word, which includes announcing any news that is important to the people of the church and the service of God outside of the sanctuary and our joys and concerns.
If you have any questions about why we worship the way that we do, or what worship is, please don’t hesitate to ask.