Informal | Family Oriented | Intergenerational | Liturgical
It can be argued that the most important thing we do as a community of faith is to gather each week on Sunday mornings for worship. By definition, “worship” is the giving of honor to God because of who God is and what God has done. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain,” sings the choir of angels, elders and creatures in Revelation 5. Likewise, because God is worthy we gather to sing our praises, listen to God’s Word, affirm our faith, confess our sin, pray our prayers, give our offerings, and offer our hearts and lives in obedience.
Perhaps the bigger question is, how do we worship? Throughout the centuries God has been worshiped in many different ways. Towering cathedrals with stained glass windows, pipe organs, candles and incense communicate a certain beauty, reverence and transcendence of a holy God. Contemporary worship bands of guitars, electric keyboards, and drum sets with worshipers dancing and raising their hands display feelings of passion, enthusiasm and divine nearness. Some traditions forego all musical instruments in order to praise God with the simplicity of voice alone.
But what about us at SFMC?
We have often described our worship as “eclectic.” Some use the word “blended.” In keeping with our Core Values, we seek a worship that is organic and authentic to who we are. We desire worship services that are intergenerational. This means allowing and encouraging the presence of young children. It means involving children, youth and adults of all ages in all areas of worship, including music, reading of Scripture, media/technology and visual arts. It means that we will wrestle with styles of music and utilize a variety of types of music in order to involve everyone.
Due to our relational nature, we tend to be somewhat informal. However, our desire is for our services to be meaningful. We therefore incorporate traditional and liturgical elements, such as a general following of the Church Year and the symbolic use of art and décor, as well as more contemporary and informal components, such as children’s sermons, the use of a variety of Bible translations, and a lot of humor.
We believe, with the 19th century theologian Kierkegaard, that worship is a drama. To paraphrase Kierkegaard, too often the drama taking place has the worship leaders as the performers, with God as the prompter, and the congregation simply left to be the audience watching as spectators. Our goal is that the leaders are more like the prompters for the people, who are the actual “performers,” and God is the audience.