Public worship can easily deteriorate into just another form of entertainment. That especially happens when worship is structured to appeal to perceived consumer tastes in order to attract worshipers. At Cornerstone Presbyterian Church we believe that God is the primary audience for worship. When it comes to worship, what really matters is not what pleases any of us, but what God has said pleases Him.
To begin with, then, we strive for our worship to be God-centered. It must focus upon and exalt the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We hope that both God’s transcendence and His imminence are apparent in worship. He should be exalted according to His holy glory; but He has also condescended to reveal Himself and to draw near to us in Jesus Christ. We gather together corporately to worship God and not ourselves.
Next, we desire for our worship to be saturated with Scripture. Both the structure and content of our worship service reflects our understanding of what the Scripture teaches. Since God has revealed truth in His word, and since He has specifically revealed what pleases Him, we desire to attend to His word in our worship. Far from abandoning the Scriptures, the church needs them now more than ever.
Further, our worship service is shaped by the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. God calls us through Jesus Christ our Mediator. We respond by singing His praises. He convicts us of sin and grants us faith and repentance. He assures us of forgiveness, reconciliation, and freedom from sin on the basis of Jesus’ completed work. He sanctifies us by His word and work, and we offer our lives as living sacrifices. We enjoy union and communion with Him.
Our worship is also structured by the faith that has come down to the church through history. At Cornerstone we use psalms, hymns, songs and creeds that have been passed down to us from believers through the centuries (though without excluding the present). The faith is stable and does not require reinventing each week; it endures through the ages. We want our worship to reflect this stable character of the faith.
Finally, our worship relies on the ordinary means of grace. God has promised to use His word, the sacraments, and prayer in order to communicate to us the benefits of our redemption. Because we are convinced these are what the Holy Spirit uses as He works in our lives, they should have prominence in the worship service. We believe that God will use these ordinary things to do the extraordinary in the church and in our lives.
What About Children?
We believe that the best possible place for children on Sunday morning is with their parents in public worship. Since the covenant is for us and for our children, the worship service of the church is right where they belong! For that reason we are truly thrilled to have kids join us. The Scripture exhorts us to pass the faith on to the next generation, and we believe this is one of the most appropriate ways for us to fulfill that responsibility.
We know it takes time for children to become accustomed to participating fully in worship. The sights and sounds of children in our midst do not put us off in the slightest! We want parents to relax knowing that we love having kids with us. We are also deeply convinced that they are able to get a great deal more out of the service than many might imagine, especially over the long term. After all, the Holy Spirit is at work in and through His word in their lives as well as ours. Childcare is available during worship for parents who wish to use it through age three.