What to Expect

According to the Bible, humanity’s primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. To glorify God means to demonstrate through our thoughts, words, and actions how wonderful he is. To the extent that we can do this everyday by obeying him and sharing him with others, there is a sense in which all of life can be an act of worship. But God is especially delighted when his people deliberately set aside time to come together for the specific purpose of worshiping him. The Bible says that God is “enthroned on the praises” of his people (Psalm 22:3, ESV). This is why the worship of God lies at the center of all we do at Providence. Our weekly worship service begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning. If you are a first-time visitor, attending our Sunday worship will provide you with an excellent introduction to our church.

What is worship?
The word “worship” comes from an Old English word that mean “worthiness.” It means to honor, reverence, and declare the worthiness of the one being worshiped. Worship is not about us. It is not for our enjoyment but for God’s pleasure. Its goal is not to generate feelings and have experiences, but to proclaim his worthiness. Worship that is truly Christian centers on the Lord Jesus Christ, because He is worthy. He is worthy first of all because he is our creator (Revelation 4:11; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16), but also because he is our redeemer (Revelation 5:9-12).

What does worship look like at Providence Christian Church?
We follow the tradition of Reformed and Presbyterians churches that dates back to the time of the Protestant Reformation (in the 1500s) when the Bible was restored to its proper place at the center of worship. This practice had become neglected over many centuries, but it is found in the earliest Christian documents. In the middle of the 2nd century, a Christian names Justin Martyr (A.D. 100-165) wrote, “And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.” In the same way, worship at Providence centers on instruction, encouragement, and exhortation from the writings of the apostles and prophets as found in Scripture.
The form of worship and order of service that a church uses is sometimes called it’s “liturgy.” Our liturgy includes the elements of preparation, call to worship, common confession of sin, intercessory prayer, public offering to God, sermon, response, and benediction. This order is reflected in the sample Sunday bulletin we have provided on this web site.  We also observe Weekly the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion. For specific information on this important part of our worship, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

What should I wear to worship?
At Providence you will find people who dress more formally—especially those involved in leading the worship service—but this is not required. We do not believe it is appropriate to set a dress code, and many in our congregation prefer to dress casually. We only ask that your choice of clothing not be a distraction to others who are gathered to give their attention to the praise of God and the hearing of His word preached.

Do you provide child care?
Providence Infant Nursery / Providence Toddler Room
Yes, we have a fully-staffed infant nursery and toddler room for our Sunday School (9:15-10:15 am) and Worship Service (10:30 am-12:00 noon). They are both located in our Fellowship Hall, which is the building across the driveway that lies on the east side of our Church Sanctuary.

Do I have to give money?
Placing a contribution in the offering plate as it is passed around is an act of worship that is primarily for those who attend regularly. If you are a first-time visitor we do not ask you to contribute, but we do ask that you fill out one of the yellow visitor cards we furnish in each pew and drop it in the offering plate as it goes by. Our pastor will use the information you provide to personally follow up with you later in the week. We also invite you to receive a first-time visitors gift at the counter in our lobby before you leave.

Can I take communion?
We normally share in the Lord’s Supper—also called Communion—every Sunday,  after the preaching of God’s word. At that time, after the pastor prepares the congregation, believers are invited to come forward to receive the bread and the cup. (Note: we serve gluten-free bread for those with gluten intolerance.)

Participation in Communion is for believers who are seeking to live a life that pleases God, and who are old enough to examine their consciences. But presence at the Lord’s Supper is open to everyone, and on behalf of Christ we invite you to be there.

Every one who professes faith in the Christ of the Bible alone for salvation, and who does not count on his or her good deeds to save them, and who also makes pleasing God his or her life’s goal, is welcome to participate. We all continue to sin in this life, so perfection is not required. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9, English Standard Version).

If you have not yet trusted Christ to save you from your sins, or if you are deliberately living a life that you know displeases Him, we do not ask that you leave when Communion begins. Nor do we ask that you avoid worshiping with us on those Sundays. This time can and should be meaningful for you, as well. So instead we invite you to stay, listen, observe, and pray as others partake of the bread and the cup. We ask that you seek the Lord and ask Him to open your heart and mind, to show you the true need of your soul and to assure you of His provision of His Son for you.

If you still have questions, feel free to speak with our pastor, or any of our elders, who will be more than happy to help you.