IBELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.
How We Worship
Prior to organized worship:
When we enter our place of worship prior to any service, we ought to privately do the following:
1. We confess to God our sins and trespasses.
2. We give him thanks for the blessings which we have received from his hand over the past week and pray for those in need.
In general, this is a time to prepare our hearts for Christian worship. Effectual and fervent prayer, we are told, availeth us much so let us remember to keep the world out and God in during this important time.
We are a liturgical church:
We follow an order of worship which includes the following mechanics in our services.
1. We stand when we sing, and when we hear a reading of the gospel.
2. We kneel (if we are able and where convenient) when we pray.
3. We sit for announcements, the sermon, and the reading of the epistle lesson.
4. When it is time to receive communion, we draw near to the holy table and kneel (or stand if one has trouble kneeling) to receive the elements. Communion is received by opening your mouth, sticking out your tongue, and the priest places the bread on your tongue. To receive the wine, one should grasp the cup either from the bottom with one hand and tilt it up, or guide the cup to one’s lips with both hands. We also permit intinction, or the dipping of the bread in the cup.
Our worship is a time to honor our heavenly Father as we lift up our prayers and praises to his throne of grace. We also honor him with our substance via our gifts and offerings, as well as with our undivided attention. There should not be any conversing with others and that includes cell phone and texting during the service. In fact, all cell phones should be switched off for our worship. If you are expecting an emergency call, please set your phone to “vibrate” rather than “ring”.