What to Expect
Our Approach to Ministry
"Don't just do something. Sit there!!"
God doesn't need our worship. We need Him. And so we come to worship with empty hands and hearts and He fills them. We are not a "program-centered" church. In other words at Redeemer you won't find that every evening is filled with church-related events. That said we do have regular Sunday school classes for adults and children before the worship service. We also offer ESL classes during the week. But the corporate worship of God on the Lord's day is at the heart of all we do. There, God gives us all we need, and we go out to serve our neighbour in the world.
Children at Redeemer
Since Scripture teaches that the Church is a community of those in covenant with God – parents and their children – children join us in the corporate service as they did in the days of Israel (Ps. 78:4). As fellow members in the church (Rom. 12:4–5) we accept their presence and “joyful noise” in the service (Ps. 100:1). We see this as a Biblical approach to worship and it has been our experience that children benefit and grow from worshipping God with their family.
The practice of holding two worship services on the Lord's Day is ancient and very beneficial to Christian people. There are many biblical, historical and practical reasons that commend it to us.
As we look at the history of the church, we see that morning and evening worship on the Lord's Day was the norm. In the early fourth century, the church historian Eusebius of Caesarea described what he understood to be the universal practice of the church: "For it is surely no small sign of God’s power that throughout the whole world in the churches of God at the morning rising of the sun and at the evening hours, hymns, praises, and truly divine delights are offered to God. God’s delights are indeed the hymns sent up everywhere on earth in his Church at the times of morning and evening."
Through the centuries, this practice continued to be a significant part of Reformed worship. It can be traced in the traditions of the Dutch Reformed churches, English Puritanism and Scottish Presbyterianism, as well as Anglicanism and early Lutheranism.
The most significant reason for attending church twice is to give praise-filled thanks to God for our salvation in Christ. Two services enables members to dedicate more of the Lord’s Day to joyful praise for our wonderful Saviour. It discourages us from following our own pursuits which may often prevent us from setting aside the entire Lord’s Day as a day of rest and worship