Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran. All of these faith based religious denominations are very much alike yet there are some differences that you will notice. Many of these differences are slight but you will be aware of them because they are present in the many worship services that occur each week. Sunday mornings are when most Christian worship services are conducted and this is the time when thousands of members and guests will attend a Presbyterian Church service. Although these services are conducted much like those in any Protestant church there are some special features that can be noted in a Presbyterian congregation.
The order of the service for members of the Presbyterian faith is something that will be duly determined by a combination of factors. Services are outlined by the minister, the particular session that is involved and will even be based on input and suggestions relayed from the governing board of the Presbyterian organization.
Tradition is very strong in a religious denomination and it has an important place in the worship services. Almost any Presbyterian Church service will always be composed of musical worship, scriptural readings, prayers and a special sermon. You will also witness the Sacraments being shared. These church services have special moments for tithes and offerings to be collected from the church members and if there are any concerns or issues involving the church family or local community then this too may be discussed during the worship service.
There is a Presbyterian Church constitution that covers the order of worship services for the member churches that are based in the US. This governing doctrine lists 5 important articles of worship for those who attend a Presbyterian Church as well as many other principles that are important for the pastors and congregations to be aware of.
According to Presbyterian Church doctrine all main worship services are organized and conducted according to 5 God centered actions.
- Gathering together to hear the word of God
- Responding appropriately to the word of God
- Proclamations of the word of God
- Symbolically Sealing the word of God
- Bearing/Following the spiritual teachings by taking the word of God into the secular world
There may be times when other worship services are conducted that follow a different structure so that the service can be adapted to the needs of the congregation faithful. No matter what changes are made in any Presbyterian Church Service these activities are certain to remain respectful, ordered, and true to the Presbyterian faith, church principles and Scriptural interpretation.