What To Expect
Visiting a church for the first time can sometimes be a bit daunting, can’t it? With new people, new music, and new teachers, it’s easy to feel out of one’s element. We’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to join us on a Sunday morning, and we want to start by helping you know what to expect when you attend services at Sanctuary.
Our services typically last 75 minutes in length and include elements such as teaching, worship, prayer, communion, and more. No two weeks look the same, and we try our best to plan each service according to how the Spirit of God is leading us.
We are committed to Bible-based teaching that is directly in line with what God’s Word says. Teaching at Sanctuary will also be in complete agreement with our Beliefs Statement, which was developed straight from Scripture.
If you’d like to hear a recent message from Sanctuary, we welcome you to listen to a sermon!
The goal of the Worship Arts Ministry at Sanctuary is to glorify the name of Jesus through corporate worship. Everything that we do in life should be an act of worship; however, the blessings of worshiping together as a body are especially emphasized throughout Scripture. Corporate worship serves not only serve to glorify God and encourage believers but also to bring unbelievers into an encounter with the greatness, power, and presence of God.
At Sanctuary, everyone is an integral part of “leading worship.” Through oneness of heart and mind, the gathered body of Christ collectively sets the tone and pace for engaging with the Lord in worship.
We believe that worship is to God and for His glory and that “performances” and emphasizing those individuals leading worship from a stage is not what God has called Sanctuary toward. Worship at Sanctuary is conducted in a round, 360 degree setting that is different from what many people expect from modern worship. This allows our worship team to be among the congregation instead of on a stage facing the congregation as we work toward fulfilling the vision that God has for Worship at Sanctuary.
“The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” – John 4:23
Because we believe that talking about God is always second to talking with God, we spend time in each worship service connecting with the heart of the Father through prayer and meditation. Just like in any healthy relationship, sometimes we speak to Him, other times we listen for His Spirit to lead us. We can talk and teach and sing about God all day long, but we connect most deeply with His heart when we come to the foot of His throne in prayer.
At Sanctuary we don’t offer Communion during corporate worship on a weekly basis; however, we do try to include it as a part of our services when appropriate and as often as possible.