When we gather on Sundays, we immerse ourselves in God’s Story. This involves looking back at what God has done earlier in the story, and learning to look for what God is doing/will do. As we locate ourselves in this story that spans long before and beyond us, we carry the question of what it means to be the people of God in our own time and place. We do this in (at least) four ways: reading Scripture, singing songs, praying, and following the liturgical calendar.
Scripture: Each week, we hear texts from both the Hebrew bible and the New Testament. In doing so, we aim to enter into a story that was quite long, even long ago, seeking to see how God has moved in the world. In doing so, we seek to listen both form the vantage point of the people in the text, and as ourselves here in the future, hoping to allow the text to shape our imaginations, and thus, our lives.
Songs: We use songs to grasp for language to proclaim who God is and to express/process our experience of God. The songs we sing are drawn from hymns, modern worship songs, and original material, and we seek to have a 40/20/40 split of those sources. You can learn more about ubcmusic here.
Prayers: In our praying together, we seek out language of thanks, praise, lament, and petition. Our prayers are drawn from Psalms, Church history, other cultures, and our own congregation.
Liturgical Calendar: Our services are ordered around a lived-in annual retelling of the story of God and the people of God, which is broken up into several chapters, or seasons. You can learn about these seasons here.
Our hope is that these components work together to immerse us in God’s story, and form us more fully in the way of Christ.