Our Worship

We gather each Sunday to be renewed in the relationship or covenant that has been established with us in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

And since it is God Himself who has established this covenant, we look to His Word to tell us how to approach Him in worship.

  • Throughout our service or liturgy we hear God’s Word to us and respond to Him through joyful singing, earnest responsive speaking, and reverent prayer. And though we certainly serve God with our worship, we know that He ultimately is the one serving and shaping us as we come into His presence each Sunday.

    In this way, Sunday is the high point of our week, standing at the beginning of every other day that follows and strengthening us for the work of the Kingdom in our various vocations. In worship we find who we are truly meant to be and receive the grace of God to walk in even closer fellowship with Him and one another.

  • Following the patterns and precepts of the Scriptures, our liturgy consists of five major pieces:

    • Call to Worship:
      After the Fall, man does not naturally desire or seek after the things of God. Instead, He calls us by His Word and through the internal working of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts.

    • Confession of Sin:
      As we come into God’s presence, we know that we, like all those who have gone before us, fall short of what God requires. We therefore repent of our sins corporately and individually, asking for and receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

    • Consecration:
      We are not left merely forgiven, but rather we are set apart further for God’s service as He instructs us from His Word both in its reading and preaching.

    • Communion:
      Each Sunday we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together, rejoicing that we have been forgiven and taught. We are nourished spiritually as we partake in the communion of the body and blood of Christ by faith.

    • Commissioning:
      We are sent forth from worship to be salt, light, leaven, and God’s people in the world around us, seeking to live lives worthy of followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Our greeter would be glad to give you a quick walk-through of the bulletin and answer any questions you may have before the service.

    You can download a sample bulletin by clicking here.

  • We believe that the best place for children to be Sunday morning is at the side of their parents worshipping together. Even so, children sometimes need to be temporarily taken out of the service. Our fellowship room doubles as a "cry room" for this purpose.

    Following our service and while our meal is being brought out, we provide fifteen minutes of singing instruction or Bible time for children.

  • About twenty minutes after the end of our service, we have a weekly fellowship meal. If you are a guest, we welcome you to join us and look forward to spending some time with you.

Common Questions

Here are a few common questions. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to email us at Office@ChristChurchTC.com

What is the gospel?

Put simply, it is the good news of God that though we are by nature sinful we may be washed clean and forgiven by repenting of our sin and believing in Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sin when He died on the Cross. And, just as Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit, so too we are raised into a new life, given a regenerated heart, and seek the will of our heavenly Father in all things.

Are you traditional or contemporary in worship style?

At first glance, most would see us as traditional since we mainly use music and hymns from centuries past. Our use of such music in worship, however, is not because we think what is old is inherently superior. Our most important commitment in worship is to be biblical, and we find that many of the older hymns of the historic Church are more tightly woven together with the Bible than many contemporary songs. Further, we think that by recapturing those enduring hymns of the past we will be in a better position to write and sing new songs that will endure beyond the 21st century. In this fashion, we believe we are being meaningfully contemporary in our worship style. Likewise, we use the piano as an accompanying instrument to the main instrument God has given all of us--our voices. The piano is very practical and useful in assisting the development of singing excellence in a congregation, which is something we humbly desire at our church. Hearing, following, and singing melodies as well as harmonies are possible with the piano, especially when others around us lift up their voices (and thereby help our voices as well) to God in worship. On occasion and as God gives us opportunity, other instruments are used as accompaniment at our church as well. We whole-heartedly resist any style that is employed more to entertain than to worship--more focused on man than on God, more in touch with our flesh than the Spirit and truth. There are both traditional and contemporary examples of this, and by God’s grace, we desire to steer clear of both in worship at Christ Church Twin Cities.

Why do you sing psalms?

The question really should be, Why wouldn’t we sing psalms in worship? (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16). The Psalms are the inspired songbook that God has given us. As we become more acquainted with psalms in worship, we will be better equipped to identify and produce new songs that are deeply informed by God’s Word.

Why does the pastor wear a robe?

Who can partake in Communion?

We believe that all baptized Christians (including baptized children or baptized visitors) are to be admitted to the Lord’s Table, so long as they are not under church discipline. To put it differently, part of “discerning the body” and partaking of the Supper in a worthy manner (1 Cor 11:27-29) is to acknowledge the broader Body of Christ and the communion we have together in Christ.

How often do you have Communion?

We believe that communion is an integral part of worship each Sunday, so we join together in celebrating the Lord’s Supper immediately prior to the conclusion of our service every week.

Do you pass a plate for tithes and offerings?

Our preference is to leave a basket at the entrance of the sanctuary into which people may place a tithe or a gift before the service begins. Towards the end of the service, the basket is brought forward and our pastor offers a prayer of dedication for that which has been given.

Are you “family integrated”?

We are thankful for the work of organizations like National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC) and affirm their mission. We welcome and encourage whole families to participate in worship on Sundays and call parents to fulfill their biblical duties of raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We have found over the course of years, however, that the term “family integrated” can mean different things to different people and sometimes the term can be wrongly used as a thin excuse for heavy-handed leadership in the home and a remarkable failure to honor and love the local church. We recommend this book as well as Westminster Larger Catechism 123-133 as a helpful corrective to those misusing the term.

What is the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches?

The Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) is a growing body of congregations spanning much of the world, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Central Europe and Southern Asia. The churches of the CREC uphold and embrace the historic Christian Creeds. Each congregation also affirms the evangelical tenets of Protestantism, holding to one or more confessional documents of the Reformation.