Worship Values

These values are the foundation for how we seek to worship God together.

FAITHFUL – Our worship should be a worthy offering to God made in grace-enabled gratitude.

  • Gospel-Centered Worship – focusing relentlessly on Christ and his saving grace from start to finish; maintaining a consistent worship order that reflects the pattern of the gospel, i.e.: gathering/confession/ assurance /proclamation/response/sending; preaching messages centered on Christ and the gospel

  • Spirit-Led Worship – drawing inspiration from prayer and dependence on God’s Spirit, maintaining technical excellence without stifling spontaneity and freedom in worship; ensuring that worship is informed and directed by Scripture in all parts

  • Excellent Worship – cultivating musical and artistic excellence; working hard in preparation and practice; identifying and developing worship leaders with particular attention to their unique spiritual gifts and talents

INTEGRAL – Our worship should unite the body of Christ at Third by drawing on our different experiences and talents.

  • United Worship – reflecting a strong concern for the unity of the body; seeking to build common themes and liturgies across services
  • Intergenerational Worship – exploring ways to bring adults, children, teens, and different generations together, especially during Sunday worship
  • Congregational Worship – involving all participants fully in worship through singable music, frequent testimonies, lay leadership, incorporation of children and youth, and similar elements

 ROOTED – Our worship should draw on the full bounty of the Church’s worship practices, across time and culture.

  • Ancient/Future Worship – utilizing worship resources from the early church and our Reformed  heritage; honoring the best of traditional and contemporary worship practices; incorporating new practices that are biblically informed
  • Global Worship – considering how to honor people of diverse cultural tastes as we offer our worship to God; balancing a clear sense of our identity and heritage with the knowledge that God’s Church is much bigger than contemporary American evangelicals

MISSIONAL – Our worship should offer a compelling alternative vision to the watching world.

  • Missional Worship – keeping in mind the people and cultures around us who are not yet among us; explaining our liturgy to make it more understandable; preaching messages that take for granted the presence of non-Christians and frequently, yet winsomely, call for conversion
  • Welcoming Worship – fostering a spirit of hospitality in our gatherings
  • Compassionate Worship – keeping in view the world and its need in our worship; sending the members of the body out into mission; interceding for the needs of the world; embodying concerns for justice and mercy in the worship practices we use