Worship at South Main

Baptism ceremony at South Main

Worship is the central and defining act of every life. It has been said that the only true freedom in life we have is the freedom to choose our God. Once we make that choice, the rest of our life is spent worshiping that God.

For Christians, worship of the Triune God—who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is unceasing and preeminent in our lives. By worshiping together, we proclaim the Good News that Jesus died for us, was bodily raised from the dead, and is sovereign over all creation. Jesus loves us and has power to save and redeem us. We celebrate His grace and truth, confess our sin and need for Him, and commit ourselves to live lives worthy of His Gospel.

Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16

We gather each week on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to worship God together. In the course of an hour we sing together, pray together, hear a word from Scripture and a reflection on that word in a sermon. Our services are led musically by a pipe organ, piano, Sanctuary choir, and/or one of our other choirs or ensembles. 

Baptists celebrate two ordinances in our worship services. The first is believer’s baptism: the public profession of faith of a new believer and the public affirmation of that faith from the congregation. Baptism is a once-for-all-time event in the life of a Christian. In baptism we remember what Jesus has already done for us — that we have been “buried with Christ and raised to walk in newness of life.” That is to say in baptism we remember that Jesus has already saved us, we are not saved in or through baptism. Baptize literally means “to dip or immerse,” so when we baptize, we immerse the new believer as Jesus was immersed in the Jordan river by John the Baptist. 

The second ordinance is the Lord’s Supper: the recurring reminder that, through faith in Christ, God has made us a single family. We (symbolically) share a common loaf and a common cup to remind us that because we have been fed with holy food, “Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We share the Lord’s Supper five to six times per year.