Would you be interested in a church where the worship is exactly the way you want it?
Many people would be interested in such a church. And there are more than a few churches that are working vigorously to craft worship experiences that will attract the masses. If there is a principle operating in virtually every part of our culture it is that the individual consumer is sovereign in choosing what he wants. People who are constantly being satisfied with their personalized coffee beverage and “video on demand” naturally think they deserve to have a church where worship is done exactly the way they want it.
Providence Reformed Church is definitely not that church. But we invite you to come and worship the living God with us anyway, understanding that worship is directed first and foremost to God and is ultimately for His pleasure. In the Scriptures, God reveals to us that He is the Creator-King, sovereign over all things. His people acknowledge this as they worship Him according to His holy will rather than according to our own preferences regarding worship style, technique or fashion.
What this practically means for us at Providence is not that we have worship services that are absolutely untouched by all human influence and tradition, but rather that we strive in every aspect of worship to give God that worship that He has revealed is acceptable to Him.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
You might think that worship services that are so carefully regulated by the Bible must be confining and lifeless. But it’s not so. For one thing, regulating worship by God’s word actually helps to secure our freedom to offer God the worship He finds acceptable. And our services are loaded with God’s living word, which the life-giving Spirit uses to save and transform sinners who call on the name of Christ. Finally, the worshipers are people of all ages, since God includes within His covenant people both believing adults and their children (Ephesians 6:1-4). Truly, this sacred activity of worship should be a most pleasing dialogue between God and that people redeemed through His grace in Jesus, the only Savior. Come and join the dialogue with us at Providence.
Information provided by Pastor James Lucero, Providence Reformed Church, 3615 University Ave., Des Moines, 707-8022.