SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
EXPERIENCE GOD’S EXTRAVAGANT LOVE
EXPERIENCE GOD’S EXTRAVAGANT LOVE
Every weekend we come together to worship God, know Jesus better, and experience God’s extravagant love through the Holy Spirit’s presence with us. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we want to help you thrive in your relationship with Jesus through heartfelt worship, sharing the Lord’s Supper together, sharing encouraging words and warm greetings, encountering God through Biblical messages, praying together, and being commissioned to demonstrate God’s extravagant love everywhere.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
The Vineyard Church is a gathering of people who are on a journey. We are seeking to understand God’s vision for all people to experience God’s extravagant love. God’s love was most perfectly expressed through the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus (John 3:16). God has generously given us his Holy Spirit so that we might fully experience God’s love and live lives full of hope (Romans 5:5). These realities shape the kind of people we want to be. We want to be extravagant in our love of God and our love of people.
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Sunday Mornings are times when we gather to express our love to God, confess our need for him, be reminded of his faithfulness, better understand the story that he calls us into, and encourage each other on our journey with Jesus.
We begin each service with about a half hour of worship. The worship music is modern and rootsy rock. Our songs are chosen to declare who God is and how is faithful and to give us a chance to respond to God. Words are projected so you can join in.
We serve communion every Sunday at The Vineyard. At the end of the worship service the congregation is invited to join in sharing communion together. Brief instructions are given and communion servers are stationed around the room. Bread, a symbol of the broken body of Jesus, and Wine/Juice, a symbol of Christ’s shed blood are offered to those we wish to receive communion. Communion is open for all who wish to participate.
An important part of each service is the presentation of a message centered on the Bible. Our presenters are experienced speakers who seek to understand what God’s Word is saying to us today so that we can live the kind of life God’s is inviting us into. A wide range of topics are explored. We seek to best understand the world and culture that we live in and the questions that arise from the challenges of our day.
We seek to engage the head, the heart, and the hands through the messages we present. That is, we hope to present informative and well crafted messages that help us think deeply about life and faith. We want to experience God and have our hearts stirred and transformed by what is presented. We also seek to understand how to best respond to what we hear by being challenged to engage our hands and ‘do the stuff’ of God’s kingdom.
We all find ourselves facing particular challenges in life. We believe God meets us as we present to him our needs and our struggles. Sometimes we experience God tugging at our hearts in worship or in the message. These are great times to allow one of our prayer teams to pray with you at the close of the service. Prayer teams will listen to your request and join with you in inviting God’s presence through his Holy Spirit to minister to us. Whether you just need a reminder of God’s love or you have a particular request, please don’t leave before getting prayer.
The following values represent what we expect to characterize every Weekend Worship Service
All that we do must respect people in all stages of their spiritual journey. We seek to use non-religious and inclusive language. All aspects of the service must be available for all people to participate. There should be no hint of exclusivity or casting judgment (I Cor. 13:1-3; Communion—Luke 24:3-32, Rev. 22:17).
We eagerly desire the life giving activity of the Holy Spirit and anticipate the palpable reality of God ‘s presence with us (Acts 1:8). We continually seek to follow God’s leading and embrace spontaneity even as we steward our time through prayerful planning. We seek to be authentic in our response to God without hype or manipulation.
We expect to be transformed. Through God’s grace we seek to be continually “transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
We are committed to broadly including and empowering both women and men across all ethnicities, both young and old, in every expression of our worship, both as leaders and participants (Gal. 3:28, Acts 2:17).
We desire to honor God with excellence and creativity, giving God our best in our worship activity and our worship environments (Col. 3:23).
We intentionally help people thrive as part of the body of Christ with a faith that is personal and communal. We value vigorous conversations, new friendships, and words of encouragement as spiritually vital parts of our weekend services (Eph. 4:11-12; Psalm 133:1).
We seek new and diverse expressions of faith and worship while also leaning back into relevant and meaningful practices of Christians throughout history.
Worship is never to be separated from mission. Gathering as God’s people includes at its heart our being sent out into the world in God’s name. When we gather we seek to better understand God’s mission in the world, experience the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for that mission, and encourage one another as we take risks to practice our faith (“Faith is spelled r.i.s.k.” – John Wimber). We are sent out into the world to demonstrate God’s extravagant love and invite people into a thriving relationship with Jesus.
Matthew was born and raised in New York City. He is a self-taught guitarist who started playing at the age of sixteen. Matthew moved to Long Island, NY where he started his worship career with the mentoring of Randy Larson at the Rockville Centre Vineyard Church. Matthew continued his worship training when he moved to Northern Ireland to be further mentored by accomplished Worship Leader/Recording Artist Kathryn Scott. Upon returning from Northern Ireland, he was the Worship Director at the Morris Plains Vineyard Church for 6 years. Matthew now resides in Katy, TX with his beautiful and incredible wife, Jocelyne.
Shout for joy to the Lord,Psalm 100
all the earth.
Worship the Lord
come before him
with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us,
and we are his;
we are his people,
the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him
and praise his name.
For the Lord is good
and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues
through all generations.