Worship at Harvest Community Church
What to Expect Your First Time Worshiping at Harvest
It’s natural to be a little apprehensive from all the unknowns when you first visit a new church, but here are a few quick answers to the questions we hear most frequently.
- Dress is fairly casual. Our congregation comes from all walks of life, and dress on a typical Sunday reflects that. We want to honor God as we gather in his presence, but people wear a wide range of clothes as they do that.
- People at Harvest are very friendly, so don’t be surprised when someone says hello and asks to know your name.
- Worship begins promptly at 10:30am. A musical prelude is your cue that worship is about to begin.
- We celebrate communion every week, and communion is open to all those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, have been baptized, and are members in good standing with an evangelical church. (To learn more about why we celebrate communion every week, read this article.)
- We have a nursery for children ages 3 and under. Parents are welcome to bring their children to the nursery before or during Sunday School and the worship service. Visitors are also welcome to have their children remain with them for the entire church service.
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Worship at Harvest
“Worship is the pinnacle of our week.”
That is a phrase you will frequently hear at Harvest. It is a phrase that captures a very significant core value. Our worship is purposefully patterned after the Gospel message, dialogical in its liturgy, and is normally led by one of the Ruling Elders.
In keeping with our vision to model reconciliation, we intentionally incorporate a variety of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary. We sing Christ-exalting, theologically rich songs written by a wide variety of people from a wide variety of times and places.
Because we believe that the good news of Jesus Christ through the authoritative word of God is our only hope, the preaching at Harvest is biblical, expository, and Christ-centered. We preach Christ crucified as the only savior for sinners as we expound the whole counsel of God.
As we look together to Christ alone for salvation, we rejoice to receive God’s gifts of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We baptize believing adults and their children, and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week.
Our worship is dialogical, which simply means that our worship is two-way communication. God calls us into his presence, and we respond with praise. God convicts us of our sins, and we confess those sins before him. God pardons us through the gospel, and we praise him for his mercy.
Recognizing that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who came before us (Heb. 12:1), we utilize the historic creeds and confessions of the church through the ages, including the Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, the Westminster Confession & Catechisms, and others.
We believe that God answers prayer. Therefore, our worship services are filled with corporate prayer as we together petition God the Father to dwell among us by his Holy Spirit, to exalt Christ in our midst, and to meet the needs of his people—both our spiritual needs and our physical needs.
Because corporate worship is so important, we take strategic measures to prayerfully plan the worship service and prepare ourselves to worship. We have developed a Philosophy of Worship which is available upon request.