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our approach

Our worship stives to be authentic to our ancient faith while employing the rich resources of our contemporary context: digital media and technology, many genres of music, prayer resources from the global church, visual arts, poetry, dance, drama, and the spoken word, to engage participants by appealing to all the senses.

Worship is not separate from service in the world, and it's not just something we do for one hour on Sundays. True worship sends us out into a hurting world to be instruments of hope, healing, peace, and justice... and that kind of worship continues 24/7.

Author Frederick Beuchner says, "To worship God means to serve God. Basically there are two ways to do it. One way is to do things for God that God needs to have done: run errands for God, carry messages for God, fight on God's side, feed God's lambs, and so on. The other way is to do things for God that you need to do: sing songs for God, create beautiful things for God, tell God what's on your mind and in your heart, in general rejoice in God and make a fool of yourself for God the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love."

This is what we do in worship: we make fools of ourselves for the one we love. We're renewed and strengthened in the process. And we have fun doing it.

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