We understand that some people have been in a church their whole lives, while others are not so confident walking through the front doors of a church. We welcome everyone, and we want people to be comfortable visiting us, so here are some answers to a few common questions that should help.
Do I have to be "good" to come to church?
The Kirk is a place where you can learn about who God is, what he is thinking, and what he wants from us and for us. In other words, we're not assuming you have it all figured out. In fact, if you don't, you'll be in good company. We're assuming that parts of your life are a mess. It's the only reason anyone would actually need to come to church! Of course, people can clean up for an hour on Sunday mornings, but let’s face it: that’s a façade. If you are looking for other people who are recovering from "faking it," then you’ve found us. We aren’t "fixed," we can still fake it with the best of them, but we’re repenting of our hypocrisy. We are a collection of people in process, and we each come on the same level to the fountain of God's grace. We don’t love grace because we are "good Christians;" we love grace because we are "wretched sinners" who have been loved by God!
What is the worship service like?
The flow of our service is called a liturgy. We follow a basic, ancient pattern of elements that are designed to move us through a retelling of the Gospel narrative each week. We pray, we sing, we profess what we believe, and we confess our failures. Our senior pastor teaches from the Bible for around a half-hour. And once a month we respond by taking communion together. Sometimes we stand, sometimes we sit, sometimes we read something aloud in unison, other times we reflect in silence. There is a worship leader who guides us through the liturgy together, and a worship bulletin that explains everything that is going on. The goal through it all is to encounter God, to know him better, and to respond to his loving-kindness with honesty and awe. If you're still looking into Christianity, we even have a large balcony if you prefer to just observe.
What kind of music do you sing?
We sing a good blend of traditional songs and other Scriptural songs as well as newer hymns. Our aim is always to sing songs that have substantive truth; are theologically accurate (not just "catchy"); and are culturally appropriate and pleasing in the arrangements. On any given Sunday you might hear a piano, a violin, a cello, an organ, a guitar, a mandolin, or a hand drum, along with vocal leaders. We also have a choir that often helps lead us.
Will I be expected to give money?
Each week, during the worship service the ushers collect what is called the offering. This is part of our worship as a congregation, an opportunity to express our dependence on and faith in God by giving back to him a portion of what he has entrusted to us. The offering is not a fee for attending the service—in fact we do not expect visitors to give any money. If you are a member or regular attender at another church, we strongly urge you to worship God by giving regularly at that church.
What should I wear?
You don't have to "dress up" or wear anything in particular. You will find people wearing a variety of clothing on Sunday mornings—everything from a full suit or a dress, to slacks and a polo or blouse, to jeans and a t-shirt. You will not be judged for what you wear. The Gospel is about far more important issues than fashion.
Can we bring our kids to worship?
Absolutely! There are several options for parents, view our Children's Worship page to learn more.
The church is one of the few places where people gather every week and everyone, no matter the skill level, is invited to join in singing together. Some may find this odd—even a reason to avoid church. Others who have grown to love the church will often tell you that the singing is what they value most of all. But why sing?
Worshiping God in song is a tradition as old as the Bible itself. In fact, the Bible contains its own hymnal: the Psalms. The book of Psalms is not only filled with songs, it is also filled with commands for God’s people to sing.
- Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.”
- Psalm 13:6 “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
- Psalm 30:4 “Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name.”
Singing is something God tells us to do—for our good! By the mysterious, God-designed power of music, it drives what we learn through simple hearing and reading deeper into our hearts. Furthermore, the Bible is not stoic—it recognizes the full range of human emotions. Singing allows us to express them all in light of God's truth.
The Music Ministry at the Kirk exists to help God’s people worship him through songs that praise him and point all people to the majesty and grace of God. The Music Ministry includes the Kirk Chancel Choir, the Worship Ensemble, and the contributions of many musically-gifted volunteers in our congregation. If you would like to contribute to the musical leadership of the Kirk, please contact John Varwig (Choir) or George Bryan (Worship Ensemble).