really does inhabit the praises of His people! And He is looking
for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
This text comes from our brochure, Welcome to Worship. Pick
up a copy at the Welcome Center.
worship, Maple Ridge Community Church recognizes God's presence
in our lives. Everything we are, everything we do, is based
on a single great reality: The Lord Jesus Christ, His redemptive
truth and presence at work in us and through us. As we worship,
we join together as a family to recognize this reality,
to praise God for it, and to experience together His saving
power. Worship never leaves us the same. The change brought
by God's presence involves our whole being -- our souls,
our minds, our emotions, and even our bodies. Whether in
a large gathering of believers on Sunday morning, in smaller
house group meetings during the week, or when we are simply
alone before God our desire in worship is to express heart
felt praise and adoration to Him for who He is and for what
He does. Together we enjoy both the richness of traditional
forms of worship along with contemporary expressions of
song and praise that are pleasing to Him.
do things a little differently at Maple Ridge. Our worship services
deliberately encourage congregational involvement. In other
words, at Maple Ridge, we do not consider worship a "spectator
may see and hear some things in our worship and during our times
of ministry with which you are unfamiliar or even initially
uncomfortable. Many of us have felt this way in the past and
can appreciate how you may feel. Perhaps some explanation would
help you. You may like to know:
do you use all kinds of instruments in worship?
scripture says, "Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with
harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him
with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals;
praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has
breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:3-6
do some of you raise your hands?
do some of you audibly and occasionally loudly praise the Lord?
scripture says, "Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with
a shout of joy." Psalm 33:3
let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the
rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with
thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms." Psalm
do some of you clap your hands?
scripture says, "O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God
with the voice of joy." Psalm 47:1
are there sometimes periods of silence?
scripture says, "But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all
the earth be silent before Him." Habakkuk 2:20
soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation."
do people sometimes kneel or lie prostrate in worship?
scripture says, "Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker." Psalm 95:6
do we sing new songs as well as older hymns?
scripture says, "Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord,
all the earth." Psalm 96:1
the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom
teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to
God." Colossians 3:16
does someone occasionally speak as though he or she were speaking
directly from the Lord?
is what is referred to in scripture as prophecy. It is to receive
and communicate an immediate message from God. It will never
contradict the Scripture. It is meant to correct, comfort or
encourage God's people.
scripture says, "For you can all prophesy one by one, so that
all may learn and all may be exhorted; and the spirits of the
prophets are subject to prophets; for God is not a God of confusion
but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints....But let
all things be done properly and in an orderly manner." 1 Corinthians
not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is
good;..." 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
do you pray for the sick to be healed?
part of Jesus' ministry was healing the sick. As followers of
Jesus Christ, we have been called to do what Jesus did. This
includes praying for the sick.
scripture says, "And Jesus was going about all the cities and
the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming
the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease
and every kind of sickness.... And having summoned His twelve
disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast
them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of
sickness..." Matthew 9:35; 10:1
anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name
of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the
one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has
committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:14-15
do you invite people to come forward after the service?
came to Jesus with a wide variety of questions, personal needs
and problems. As they came forward He would care for them, demonstrating
the reality of the kingdom of God through His teaching, His
healing their sicknesses and by meeting many of their practical
needs. Jesus also trained His followers to carry on His message
and ministry in much the same way that He did.
we invite people to come forward after the service we are simply
opening up the opportunity for them to receive prayer for their
illnesses, answers to their questions and provision for whatever
needs they bring. Today Jesus Christ is present and living in
the church through His Spirit. He continues to minister to those
who come to Him through His followers. We have freely received
from Him. It is our joy and privilege to give to others what
He gives to us.
scripture says, "And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion
for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep
without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest
is plentiful but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the
Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.....freely
you received, freely give." Matthew 9:36-38; 10:8 "...as the
Father has sent Me, I also send you." John 20:21
is an explanation of some words and terms that might be new