Below is an outline of the shape of our worship services. This sort of thing is often called a “liturgy,” which simply refers to the elements of our worship and their order. Each Sunday includes five key parts:
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.
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).
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.)
This is the crescendo of every worship gathering. Communion is when those who embrace Jesus share together in the Lord’s Supper. Jesus instituted this meal on the night before his crucifixion as a way for us to remember his sacrificial death for us. 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 the cup to the person next to you.
The mission of Cities Church is to make disciples of Jesus. 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 to seek the good of the Twin Cities.
View this week’s order of worship.
*For the bread, we offer a gluten-free option; just raise your hand and a server will find you. For the cup, we offer grape juice in the outer ring of the tray; the inner rings are wine.