Join us at a new location Sunday at 10am at the Crystal Community Center as we gather for public worship.

Liturgy

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

— Acts 2:42

"Liturgy" is an old-sounding church word. It refers to the flow or order of a church's public worship. Every church has a liturgy, even if they don't call it that. At Westview, the aim and purpose of gathering for public worship is to help us reorient on the gospel. All week long we hear messages fighting for our affections, holding out to us a vision of the good life. We gather as Christians on Sundays to help one another hone back in on what is good, true, and beautiful: God's redemption of sinners like us through the death and resurrection of Jesus and the indwelling renewal of the Holy Spirit. The way we order our public worship, our liturgy, serves that purpose.

You can see a sample order of this liturgy here.

Each Sunday our public worship includes ...

CALL TO WORSHIP

After a prelude song, during which some are still finding a seat, one of the pastors steps up front and welcomes everyone to the worship gathering. Then, on behalf of God and his Son, by his Spirit, we are invited into worship together.

CONFESSION

After a song of praise or two, we receive a word of exhortation. One of our leaders addresses the congregation on a specific issue related to the life of our church. This then leads into a time of corporate and individual confession. After confession comes the Assurance of Pardon, a corporate reminder of the forgiveness given to those who confess their sins by faith (1 John 1:9).

CONSECRATION

After singing together, we devote ourselves to the preaching of God’s Word. One of the pastors leads us in teaching from the Bible and connecting its relevance to our lives. This is when we corporately humble ourselves to hear God’s voice through his Holy Scriptures. (This is the heart of our service and is typically about thirty minutes.)

COMMUNION

This is the pinnacle of our public worship as we gather at the Lord's table to enjoy divine hospitality. Jesus instituted this meal on the night before his crucifixion as a way for us to remember his sacrificial death for us and his promise to return with a great feast (1 Corinthians 11:26, Revelation 19:9). When we drink the cup and eat the bread,* we are dramatizing our union with him. We are declaring Jesus to be the Lord, Savior, and greatest Treasure of our lives—and because it symbolizes that, not every guest participates. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, you can simply pass along the bread and cup to the person next to you.
*The bread we serve is gluten-free. For the cup, we offer grape juice in the outer ring of the tray; the inner rings are wine.

COMMISSION

The mission of Westview is to follow Christ in all of life. That’s our mission because that is exactly what Jesus tells us to do (Matthew 28:18–20). As his church, by his Spirit, we are commissioned out on joyful mission to these Twin Cities.