When we gather as God’s people at Pilgrim it’s quite something. When God’s people anywhere gather as His people it’s quite something. We refer to worship as Divine Service. This is because of the quite something part. We believe the Divine, God, comes to serve us. We come as beggars in need and He gives to meet those needs to overflowing. He gives us the forgiveness won for us by Jesus. He speaks to us through His Word (read, preached, and sung) to guide us and direct us as His people. We respond to all this with our praises, prayers, and gifts. We rest in His peace and we go forth refreshed to serve Him. We long and rejoice to gather. He promises to be there. Why would we want to miss that?
We are located in that stream flowing down through many peoples, cultures and time bringing forth a form of worship that is often termed liturgical. The particular parts of our worship order come out of that flow. Those in attendance receive a complete printed order of worship for the day as a guide for this experience. We find our form of worship to be very useful in connecting us with those who came before, but most of all for pointing us to Jesus.
Pilgrim follows the historical church year. This guides the Scripture readings and parts of the worship service for each Sunday. The sermon, or message, is almost always based on one of the Scripture readings. The message will always point to Jesus. During the sermon, those children 5th grade and under are given the opportunity to hear a children’s lesson in a different part of our facility. They return to join their parents at the conclusion of that lesson.
Occasionally we pick people at random to give a special testimony or to sing a solo on a specific verse of a hymn. No, we don’t do that, just checking to see if you are still reading after all the above. We value our guests. We think you will find a warm welcome. We covet your time with us and we share the same need of ongoing forgiveness, encouragement, and guidance.
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