Whether or not you consider yourself religious, each of us has to make sense of life’s mysteries: suffering, beauty, death and love, as well as our place in the world. At New Life Presbyterian Church, we believe that the historic Christian tradition provides the best answers for life’s hardest questions. We don’t believe that having questions is a problem, nor do we expect all our questions will be answered when we begin to follow Jesus. But by trusting Jesus together, we embark on a journey that enables us to face life with peace, joy, and hope. We invite you to journey with us.
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We invite you to come as you are.
That means you may have questions and doubts about God. You may be someone who has walked with Jesus all your life. You may be joyful and confident or wounded and fearful. Wherever you are in your journey, we welcome you.
We want you to know Jesus.
His life and death are the demonstration of his love for you. His resurrection is the reason we can have hope even in the deepest troubles and questions of life. There’s a line of ancient Greek poetry quoted in the New Testament, “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) – it describes the whole of our lives with Jesus as the center of everything. That’s how we want to know Jesus.
We want you to experience our community as
a safe place.
You may be afraid that you’ll be judged or that you won’t fit in. But, we hope you’ll give us the opportunity to love you and invite you to experience God’s
What is the Worship Service Like?
The most important thing we want you to know about our worship is that we focus on God – Father, Son, and Spirit. The object of our worship is God, and our acts of worship are ultimately presented to the Audience of One as revealed in the Bible.
Worship is a kind of conversation with God, a dialogue in which together we speak to and listen to God. Our voices in that conversation are varied and personal. Because we value the long history of biblical Christian tradition, we sing old as well as modern songs. In our readings and prayers, you’ll find us using the Scriptures and borrowing words from Church creeds as well as Christian men and women from the first century to the present day. Sermons are expositional – that is, they are explanations and applications of the Bible to life. Our worship is congregational in that you’ll see lots of men and women (children, too, from time to time) participating in the service contributing in many ways. The organization of our worship service is purposeful. When we are joyful, we can laugh or lift hands in thanks. When we are reflective, we can be silent. We can also lament. In prayer together, we can speak our praises and petitions for what’s happening in our lives right now. We have some structure in the weekly liturgy, but our goal is for the whole service to be united in a thematic narrative. The services are written so that the readings, music, and sermon work together to unite our hearts humbly and gladly before the face of God. Each week, the gospel story we tell in our worship takes us to Jesus – to the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist. The sacrament is the presence of Christ among us that gives us courage, joy, and hope to live as his people, for his glory, in every area of life.
Worship is also for the whole person, and endeavors to make us whole people by uniting belief, love, and action. We follow Jesus precisely because we can’t and won’t ever get it all together. As Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). So, come as you are. As the old gospel revival song says, “If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all.”
To see what a worship service looks like, check out any of the weekly “Order of Service” files listed in the Sermon Archive.