What to Expect
A typical Sunday morning service begins with 30-35 minutes of corporate singing. You might have expected us to say corporate “worship”, but we believe that everything we do when we gather as the body of Christ is worship. That includes prayer, the public reading of Scripture, mutual encouragement and fellowship, celebration of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. In fact, hearing God’s Word proclaimed, meditating upon it in our hearts, and then living life in accordance with whatever it says, all comprise true worship.
When we worship by singing, you will notice that we employ both traditional hymns and more contemporary songs. There is also a great measure of freedom in the way people express their love for God and gratitude for all he has done. Some will sit quietly and meditate. Most will stand and sing every song. Quite a few will raise their hands, while others will keep them at their side. You will observe some dancing, others kneeling, and even a few lie prostrate on the ground. On occasion the worship leader will employ ancient and liturgical elements in the service such as prayers of confession and repentance, declarations of faith, or readings from selected authors. Depending on how the Spirit of God is leading us, there may be times of exuberant celebration as well as moments of somber reflection. You may experience times of profound intimacy with the Lord, where his love and manifest presence are keenly felt, as well as moments when you are overwhelmed by his holy transcendence and awesome power.
In any and every case, regardless of the mood or atmosphere of the service, our aim is to glorify God by enjoying him and all that he is for us in Jesus. We believe that true, biblical worship happens anywhere and anytime that the mind is filled with exalted thoughts about God, the heart is inflamed with joy and love for God, and Jesus is treasured as preeminent in our souls.
On the last Sunday of each month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (or Communion or the Eucharist). On all other Sundays, the elements are available to you at the back of the auditorium. You may partake of the Lord’s Supper alone or with family and friends at any time during the course of our singing.
Following this time of singing, most of the service is devoted to the preaching and teaching of God’s inspired Word. We believe in the importance of expositional preaching, that is to say, the passionate explanation and relevant application of Holy Scripture, verse by verse, book by book. All of the sermons preached at Bridgeway are available via podcast.
At the close of our time together, we typically provide opportunity for people to receive prayer for whatever needs they may have or problems they may be facing. We believe in anointing the sick with oil and praying for both physical and emotional healing through the laying on of hands. Elders, pastoral staff, community group leaders, as well as numerous other believers who have been trained in prayer ministry will be available to pray for you at any time.