WORD + TABLE
We’re a church who gathers regularly to worship by taking in Jesus’ Word, and celebrating Him in Communion at the Lord’s Table. We call these our Word and Table gatherings, and our aim each time is to worship Jesus in reverent joy as we’re reoriented to His glorious Gospel.
Our gatherings may feel different than what you’ve experienced in other evangelical churches. The parts work together to show Jesus. We include historic practices that sustained and formed disciples through the ages: things like corporate prayers and creeds, passing the peace, Communion, a benediction, etc. We find it reassuring and beautiful to know we’re being formed through some of the same spiritual practices used by Christians since the beginning.
In another way, our liturgy allows us to love our Hamilton neighbours. According to the 2011 census, more than two-thirds of Hamilton identify as Christian, in “high church” (e.g., Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and certain Mainline) traditions. Yet pew research shows that only 27% of Canadians attended worship at least once a month in 2011. In other words, most Hamiltonians don’t “go to church”, but if they were invited to, they’d be prepared for a liturgy. So when those neighbours join us for worship, we hope they experience our liturgy as familiar yet intriguingly different. For example, Roman Catholics (who comprise 34% of our city) will recognize part of our confession prayer, and find the rest of it enlarges their vision of why Jesus came.
TEACHING: Our liturgy of the Word includes a Scripture reading and a sermon that’s usually interactive, all-age appropriate, and kept to about 25-30 minutes. We teach from either the CSB or ESV versions of the Bible.
MUSIC: Our music tradition is neither “traditional” nor “contemporary”. Our tradition is passion: we’ll gladly worship with those historic hymn and modern choruses that allow us to express our praise with God in passionate praise to God.
COMMUNION: Our liturgy of the Table includes prayer, confession, and declaring our faith through the Apostles’ Creed. We’re invited to come forward, break off a piece of bread, dip it in wine, and eat.
CHILDREN: Children are welcome and included in all elements of our Word and Table gatherings, including Communion (with parents’ permission). Please note that our Communion bread is gluten free and we use real wine. For specifics about options for your kids during Word and Table, click here.