How Does Dogwood Church Worship?
The Bible doesn’t give a formal definition of worship. But perhaps we can start by seeing what various words for worship mean. The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words which means worth and “ship” which means something of quality. We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.
So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that he is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in biblical terms, we praise God by reading, singing, praying, listening, and doing.
Charles Spurgeon, a great preacher from long ago, said “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” At Dogwood, our instruction comes from the Bible. We are tasked daily to read God’s letter to us!
Many Christian churches have changed their worship styles. As is often the case with experiences, we have different impressions and reactions to worship styles. At our church, our style is “contemporary.” This means that the music you hear will be similar to the ones on Christian radio by today’s artists. We have a tremendously talented praise team that plays with guitars, keyboards, and drums. If you see people clapping to the beat or raising their hands to heaven, it’s OK, that’s apart of the Dogwood experience.
Every Sunday we have a prayer time that is different than most churches. You will hear the pastor pray over you and the church, but you will also have a time before that to pray for yourself and others. If we have someone that has been sick or hospitalized then you will see prayer quilts to the sides of the Worship Center on tables. We say a prayer for them and tie a knot in the quilt as a representation of that prayer. There is nothing magical about praying over a quilt, but there is something special for that loved one when they receive the quilt and see all the knots in the quilt representing prayers that were offered for their well being.
Our pastor, Dave Mcgee, brings a solid message from God’s Word every Sunday. Dave will walk you through what the Bible and explain its meaning. Half of his preaching is intended on presenting the Bible and what it meant for the people it was written for back in the day and the other half he spends practically bringing the message home for us in application. Check out our sermons to see what we mean!
At Dogwood, we strive to not only hearers of the Word, but doers. If we are to be living proof of a loving God to a watching world, then taking what we learn on Sundays and throughout the week to those outside the church walls is important to us. Check out our missions and see what we are doing and maybe, where you can serve!
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