Worship at LCC

Worship at LCC

We invite you to read through LCC’s convictions on corporate worship below. If you would like to learn more here is a pdf that includes our position on corporate worship with Scripture references and you can check out our sermon series on corporate worship. That sermon series explains the biblical principles for worship and the application of those principles at LCC. You can also learn about our position on the regulative principle of worship here.

If you have any questions about worship, we would love for you to let us know!

The uniqueness of corporate worship:

There are different dimensions of worship in the life of a Christian. A Christian will engage often in personal worship. This happens when God is encountered privately through common practices like prayer, Scripture reading and singing. A Christian may also participate in family worship within their home, probably looking similar to a church service, yet without the ordinances and some formalities. However, when it comes to the corporate worship of God’s people, it stands unique from the others because of its direct calling and action of God to gather his people together in assembled, public worship under the leadership and direction of qualified, called, and commissioned elders.  As God gathers His people together in assembled, public worship, He has much to say in Scripture about the purpose and manner in which this is to happen. 

The gatherers of corporate worship:

Corporate worship is primarily a local gathering of God’s people for the purpose of worshiping God. Through faith in Christ, we have been redeemed and are united to Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Now, in Christ, we are God’s people, eternally adopted into his covenant family, receiving every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. In response to this new reality, we gather locally – as God’s people – to worship God for who he is and all that he has done.  

The purpose of corporate worship:

The purpose of coming together in corporate worship is twofold: to receive from and respond to God. First, we receive from God as we turn our attention to him and become freshly acquainted with truths of his greatness revealed in Scripture and his goodness working in our lives. Then, as our minds and hearts are nourished and stirred with affection, we respond to God with praise and worship. Collectively, our praise and worship of God results in the building up of other believers and, as a result, the evangelization of unbelievers who may be in our midst.  

The elements of corporate worship:

The regulative principle of worship refers to God’s biblical design for corporate worship. In Scripture, God explicitly instructs us to read the Word, pray the Word, preach the Word, sing the Word, and see the Word when we gather to worship corporately. While there is liberty regarding the way in which the elements of corporate worship may be practiced, they must be practiced in a way that emphasizes both the corporate aspect and the worship aspect of corporate worship.  

The form of corporate worship:

The nature of corporate worship requires us to be intentional when considering its form. While Scripture doesn’t provide explicit instructions on how the service should be ordered, there is clarity on the purpose of corporate worship and the elements that should be included. There is liberty in organizing the order of worship, to the degree that the Scriptural purpose and elements are incorporated. Additionally, Scriptural examples, historical patterns, and practical implications are important guides for healthy corporate worship form. 

The participation of corporate worship:

Corporate worship is not a spectator event intended to be watched, but rather a family gathering in which to be involved. As we participate in corporate worship, it is helpful to consider both our participation and how we are encouraging the participation of our neighbors around us while we worship. The singing, public reading, and preaching of Scripture unite God’s people as we hear, discuss, and apply the truth. Prayers are individually spoken yet join together as they are sent up to God like a sweet aroma of incense.