WORSHIP


Gathered And Scattered.

Worship is more than Sunday mornings. Worship is meant to be a full bodied response which encompasses all areas of life for those saved by God's grace. We strive to work this out in the way we 'gather' and 'scatter' as a body of believers. Delta 'gathers' every Sunday at 10 AM to worship Jesus. Beyond Sunday mornings, we 'scatter' in homes throughout the week in what we call community groups.



What To Expect On Sundays.

Sunday worship gatherings are pretty simple. We sing songs. We hear God's Word taught from the bible, share communion, and enjoy each other's company. Feel free to come dressed however you feel most comfortable--you'll find we're mostly a casual crowd. We have options for babies, toddlers, and children up through second grade. 



What Is Communion?

Communion is a very important time for us. We intentionally observe it every week as a reminder of the work Jesus has done for us, and to repent of our sin and experience part of the mystery of God. The Scriptures teach that the bread represents Jesus' body and the juice represents his blood that washes away our sin. Communion is for Christ-followers who are in right relationship with God and their fellow man.


LITURGY AT DELTA


Our Sunday Gatherings May Not Look Like You'd Expect.

If you haven’t been to a Delta Church service yet, you’ll notice that our Sunday gatherings are a little more structured than you might expect. This is deliberate. In each service we intentionally practice the gospel rhythm that we see as essential to the Christian life. Our hope is that this gospel rhythm itself helps coach us to live more faithfully to God.


Below is a brief description of our liturgy, or order of service. Each movement has us act in a way that acknowledges the central impact of the gospel for the Christian life.



| Act I: God |

Call to Worship – God is holy

At the beginning of our service, we always want to bring our attention to God, who is holy and spoke creation into existence. In our call to worship we are reminded that God is the one who initiates everything and that He alone deserves our praise and affection. God speaks, we respond.

See Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:8


Scripture Reading

The word of God is essential to the Christian faith. Every part of our service is shaped by the word of God. This is a tradition that dates back to the early church. The leaders of the church would read the words of God aloud to bless and encourage the body.

See 1 Timothy 4:13, Colossians 4:13, Revelation 1:3



| Act II: Sin |

Confession – We are sinners

The confession is a direct response to the holiness of God. Once we see His holiness we are immediately disturbed by our sinfulness. The congregation then responds to the promise of God that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us.

See Isaiah 6:3-5, 1 John 1:9



| Act III: Jesus |

Assurance – Jesus saves us

Once we see the holiness of God and our sin, we naturally long for a Savior. Every single week will remind each other that Jesus has come to seek and save the lost. God has provided redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.

See Romans 5, Ephesians 2:4-5


Pastoral Prayer

Through Jesus Christ we have an opportunity to approach God and beg him to work. We are a church that is driven by God's promise to make all things new. Each Sunday we pray for the advance of God's gospel locally, nationally, and globally. We pray in faith that God will use us to change the world through his Son and for his glory.

See Revelation 21:4-5, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 2:9-10


Preaching

Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God uses men to teach and encourage us in the Word of God. Each message has one central theme: Jesus. Every sermon you hear will end with the good news of Jesus Christ.

See 1 Timothy 4:13



| Act IV: Response Of Faith |

Communion

Taking communion is a command from Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus Christ is what unites us as brothers and sisters. We partake every week to remind each other that the blood of Christ was shed for us and his body was broken for us.


Communion is also a family meal. It is only meant for those who believe and submit to the authority of Christ. In the early church some partook in communion and literally became ill or died. The beauty of the gospel is that everyone can have the opportunity to come to the table and partake in the banquet of grace.

See Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34


Exhortation – Jesus sends us

Before Jesus left his disciples, he gave them a mission. Followers of Jesus are missionaries, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as witness for Him. Encouraged by the assurance we have in the work of Christ we scatter as 'sent ones' into our local context. 

See Matthew 10, John 17:18


Benediction

Each service we leave with a good word ('bene' = good; 'diction' = word) for the road. We leave the congregation with peace, a peace that only comes from Jesus Christ.

See John 14:27