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THE WORSHIP OF THE CHURCH

Worshiping God is the lifeblood of the Church. Prayer and worship are a central and regular part of our parishes, families and individual lives. Worship does not start and end on Sunday morning. There is no beginning nor end to it. We join with the angels and saints in heaven who are continuously worshipping around the throne. It is important for believers to maintain a private life of worship and family devotions and to participate in the worship of the Church.

On the Lord's Day, we meet for one primary reason: to gather together as Christ's Bride to worship Him—and not for our personal benefit or experience. True biblical worship is God-centered. He alone is the audience. It is centered on the Holy Trinity. Worship in the church is ministry to God (Acts 13:1-2). Because all believers are priests to God, no man is to be the mediator between God and man. That is reserved for Jesus alone.

LITURGY

God is a God of order, and the "liturgy," or order of service, for any worship gathering plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with God. The Church's earliest records show that what we think of as "historical liturgy" was central and common to their gatherings and has changed very little since the Liturgy of St. James, the Lord's brother, was instituted some 2,000 years ago.

Our liturgies provide a God-centered worship experience that engages our bodies, minds, hearts, wills and spirits. Each part of the liturgy is meant to draw worshipers into God's redemptive narrative and into deeper fellowship with the Lord. It brings each aspect of their being into the exaltation of Christ.

Believers Eastern Church adheres to this historic pattern of worship. Spirit-filled, liturgical worship is the primary way that we, as a church, meet with our Lord. The Word of God and the Eucharist are the two most important elements of a worship service. We believe the pattern handed down by the Apostles and brought to its fullness by the Church Fathers is essential for worshiping God with our whole being. Our liturgy follows a four-step pattern:

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The Gathering The Gathering is the beginning of our "journey of worship." This time helps us prepare our hearts, quiet ourselves and enter into God's presence.
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The Ministry of the Word The Ministry of the Word is when we listen to the Word of God and respond to it. We read from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament and the Gospels. After reciting the Nicene Creed, we take time for intercessory prayer, to give our tithes and offerings and to listen to 30–40 minutes of teaching from God's Word.
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Holy Communion Holy Communion is a sacred time of worship. After confessing our sins to God, we partake of the bread and wine with reverence.
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The Sending The Sending is the final part of our worship, sending the people of God into the world to serve Him in word and deed.

To get a better understanding, you can download our Liturgy for free.

SACRAMENTAL WORSHIP

The ancient Church was a sacramental church, and the sacraments have been part of Christian worship ever since. The sacraments, or "mysteries" as they are known in the East, are Scripturally-based, God-given rites that use physical elements—such as bread and wine—to help us interact with God in ways that enable us to receive His grace. These "means of grace," do not cause us to become more holy by performing them; rather we interact with God in such a way that He can bless us spiritually as He chooses. We affirm and receive the historic sacraments of the Church.

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To learn more about why we worship the way we do, download a free copy of "The Worship of the Church" today.

HOLY COMMUNION

The historic worship service of the Church has two central parts: the Ministry of the Word and the Holy Communion. From chapter 2 of the Book of Acts, the Church has been devoted to the practice of remembering the Lord's death through the sacrament of Holy Communion. We believe the Eucharist is an essential part of worship and should be celebrated on a weekly basis, if not more often.

As taught by the orthodox Fathers, we believe Holy Communion is a mystery and is sacramental in nature. It is not the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ, but it is more than a memorial or symbol.

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For a deeper understanding, you can download the book "Eucharist" for free.

CHURCH CALENDAR AND LECTIONARY

Our lives as human beings are governed by time, days, weeks and years. The rhythms created by our calendars and watches form the content and moods of our lives. For our spiritual life in Christ to overcome the dictates of these secular rhythms, it is necessary and profitable to allow a spiritual calendar to bring spiritual formation to our days, weeks and years.

Believers Eastern Church adheres to the historic Church Calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary embraced by churches around the world. The Church Calendar creates seasons to each year, such as Advent, Christmas, Lents, Holy Week and Easter, directing our thoughts and daily lives toward a holistic aspect of our life in Christ.

The Revised Common Lectionary provides Scripture readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament and the Gospels to provide a platform for God to speak into our lives and direct our spiritual lives according to the Church Calendar.

Our Lectionary contains the Scripture readings for every Sunday of the Church calendar as well as a theme that helps unite the readings and provide direction for teaching God's Word and for personal spiritual formation as well.

Our Lectionary for the Church Calendar year 2018-19 is available as a free download.

PERSONAL FAITH

Believers Eastern Church is profoundly committed to the evangelical faith that brings transformation into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) and partakes of the divine nature according to 2 Peter 1:4. This spiritual journey of theosis is best accomplished through embracing the sacramental life and worship where God alone is the audience. The more we gaze into His face in worship, the more we become like Him.

KYRIE ELEISON

Kyrie Eleison is our normal Friday gathering of God's people to seek Him, modeled after Taizé style of worship. The liturgy, based on the monastic hours of prayer, provides an atmosphere to worship God in song, silence and Scripture reading. It has become a tremendous help to our parishes in their journey with the Lord. Rather than focusing on proclamation of God's glory, believers observe His glory and respond in worship.

You can enjoy a Kyrie Eleison service or conduct one of your own.

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