"Though we think we live in a secular world, idols, the glittering gods of our age,
hold title to the functional trust of our hearts . . . The only way to free ourselves
from the destructive influence of counterfeit gods is to turn back to the true one.
The living God, who revealed himself both at Mount Sinai and on the Cross, is the only
Lord who if you find him, can truly fulfill you, and, if you fail him, can truly forgive you."
Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods
Sundays are at the heart of our life together as a community. We meet each Sunday at 10:45am. Wherever you are in your spiritual life, we hope that you feel welcomed and at home at Redeemer. Perhaps you have never been to church (or have only been a handful of times) and fear that you will not know what to do, how to act or what to say. Be assured: this church is for people just like you. It is our commitment to walk you through each and every step of the worship service so that you will not feel like an outsider. There is no dress code or expectations; simply come as you are . . .
People will greet you warmly at the door. You will be given a worship folder and be seated in our meeting space. The service includes singing, prayer, teaching and the sacrament of communion. You should always feel the freedom to participate actively in our worship or to simply listen and observe at your discretion. The meeting usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes, but people always hang around afterward over a cup of coffee.
Redeemer's Sunday service is designed to tell a story - to present the gospel in a narrative form, as it flows throughout the service. Each week the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection is retold a different way. We do this to help each other remember the redemptive work of God's presence in our lives as we grapple with grief, doubt and temptation, and also celebrate joy and hope.
Worship is simply loving something or someone with all your heart. Whatever it is you love will soon become the priority of your life; everything you do will revolve around it . . . it defines you.
Everybody worships something. You were born worshiping and you can't stop, your heart is always consumed with something - it's just a case of what or who. Career? Sex? Achievements? Appearance? Acceptance?
The Bible teaches that worshiping something that isn't God leaves us empty and doesn't truly satisfy our hunger for happiness and pleasure. This is because we were designed to worship God, and it's only when we worship Him that we find true happiness, pleasure and satisfaction.
To worship God is to be fully human - it was what we were made to do.It means loving Him above everything else - He's the priority and the center of your affections.
What's more, worshiping God doesn't start with something we do, it starts with God - He loved us first. God came to us in Jesus and rescued us . . . and worship is our response to Him. The more we get to know God - who He is and what He's done for us - the more we want to worship Him. And our response to God affects everything we say, think and do - from friendship to finances, from careers to mealtimes - all of it is for the glory of God.