Jim Echels

We Worship enthusiastically at PRF!

What is Worship?

Worship is all about God–His greatness and glory.  Worship is about who He is, what He has done, is doing and will do as the Father, Son and Spirit intersect the lives of His people.  When we stop to ponder His majesty the only right response is what we would call worship. Ascribing value, worth, honor and praise to God–that is worship.  What does that really look like though?  How do we ascribe matchless worth to the incomparable God?

It means that words truly aren’t enough.  God isn’t interested in simple religious ritual (see Isaiah 1:12-17).  Jesus isn’t seeking half-hearted lip-service (see Matthew 15:7-9).  He is worth more than that.  He is after whole-hearted, affectionate, allegiant lives that are surrendered to Him (see John 4:23-24).  As a man once said, “Worship is bowing all that we are before all that God is.”

Why Do We Sing?

Music is a beautiful and powerful means of expression. We regularly use music (and other expressions and forms of art) to express ourselves to God, just as the Psalms in the Old Testament scriptures do: we praise, we ask for what we need, we confess, we complain, we lament. We glorify God as we express ourselves honestly before him.

What are PRF’s worship services like?

Musically, our desire is for our worship services to include both the best of the old and the best of the new.  In one of our services, you may sing songs that are hundreds of years old, and you may sing ones that were written this year. Often, you will have the opportunity to do both, and everything in-between. We draw from some of the great resources of 2,000 years of Christianity by incorporating some of the beautiful old hymns, prayers and responses of the faith, and we constantly seek out new music that speaks of biblical truths in new & transcendent ways.

More specifically, PRF tends to use contemporary instrumentation – guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, etc. – and we like to sing. Loudly. We encourage you to do the same. We also encourage you to dress in whatever you feel comfortable. You can find coffee here. Or tea, if you prefer. All of that is secondary to our hope for you to be able to experience God through PRF, whether in its sanctuary on a Sunday morning or through its people in the community.

Want to get involved? Well, you should probably contact Jim Echels. Or you can come by the church and listen for the loudest noise. He’s probably near there.

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