To help visitors understand how we gather as a church here is a description of our weekly services. Generally, our services are characterized by solemn contemplation of the Bible and its doctrines, sincere corporate singing, and friendly interaction with one another and our guests. After you get a taste for our church by our words, please come see us live them out as we gather together to praise our God.
Body of Service
Our service formally begins at 10:30 am, led most often by an elder or pastoral staff member. During this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, hear Scripture read, partake of the Lord’s Supper*, and have a sermon expounding a passage of scripture.
*Usually before the sermon, we take the Lord’s Supper (directions given during service) and encourage all baptized Christians believing in justification by faith alone and in good standing at their local church to join us and partake.
Preaching at RCF is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around 45 minutes, and aim to be packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel; the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We usually try to sing a hymn encapsulating the theme of the sermon and then take our seats once more for a brief moment of silent reflection. A typical service aims to be finished by 12:30 pm. Our services typically close with a brief concluding reflection through song or meditation, and an invitation to give financially to further the work of ministry. After the service concludes, we try to initially meet who we don’t recognize so please feel free to tell someone you’re new so that we can personally welcome you/answer any questions you may have.