CPC is a small town church that has been part of the community of Suwannee County since 1982. The Sunday morning worship service shares its heritage with the larger Christian church in its liturgy (order of worship) and its traditions. Our ambition in every service is to highlight the gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for the lives of those who have been changed by it.
Every service has four parts to it. These four movements reflect the arc of the gospel narrative. We "rehearse" and exercise in every service the story of God's relationship with his people. Those four elements seen in the larger narrative of the Bible.
STEP ONE: In the beginning the most holy God created everything good and for his glory. Just like Isaiah saw God’s glory and was astounded by it, we too begin our worship by honoring God for who He is and what He has done (Isaiah 6:1-4).
STEP TWO: Mankind's autonomous self-centered and sinful choice made him a rebel and enemy of God. God’s law requires man to remedy this failure with recompense and covenant faithful obedience. Since man is dead in his trespasses and sins, he is unable to atone for his own iniquity. As a result, reconciliation with God is dependent on God’s mercy. In light of this, we take time every week to confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness. We follow Isaiah’s example in his acknowledgement of his bankruptcy before a holy God (Isaiah 6:5).
STEP THREE: By grace alone God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life, as we could not, and then to die on a cross in our place. This accomplished everything that is required to secure our pardon and forgiveness from God. This is to say that God himself has provided the remedy for our condition. As such, he removes our iniquity from us and atones for our sins (Isaiah 6:6-7). During our worship service, we celebrate the glory and the goodness of the cross of Christ. We sing of his goodness. And then we listen as He speaks to us by the power of the Holy Spirit through his word preached.
STEP FOUR: Having interacted with the living God, in assembly with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we respond by saying, “Here I am. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8). We sing a song of response and leave under God’s benediction (blessing), with thanksgiving.
You may notice that these four elements are similar to most evangelical Christian churches around the world and throughout history. By reminding ourselves of the gospel, its centrality, and its impact on us every week, we walk away recharged and renewed for the challenges that lie ahead in our daily interactions with the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the worship service?
We normally are able to do all that needs to be done at each gathering within 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- What is the preaching like and how long is it?
Pastor Tommy preaches an expository (sharing what the Bible says, verse-by-verse, not his opinion) law/gospel sermon that is typically 30-35 minutes. He uses the ESV translation.
- What should I wear on a Sunday morning?
Most people simply wear something nice but not formal. We have no dress code.
- Who can take communion?
If you are a member (in good standing) of a church that believes and teaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, have been baptized, and have professed faith in Jesus Christ then you are welcomed to take communion. We will not personally interview you about this, but we ask that you be honest about where you are in your relationship with God. If you are unsure about what you believe or if you do not meet the criteria above we encourage you to use the time during communion in prayer, asking God for direction and clarity.
- What type of music should I expect?
Every week we sing a blend of newer and older songs from across the evangelical and English-speaking spectrum. Hymnals are available for those songs, but everything is also projected on the wall up front for all to see and participate. It is our desire to glorify God from our hearts, as a result our instrumentation is designed to highlight the lyrics and help the church to sing (Colossians 3:15-16).
- How do I become a member of CPC?
Just ask the Pastor or one of the other leaders. We would love to have this conversation with you.
- Where do children go during the worship service?
Our worship service is designed for anybody who speaks English of any age. We believe that children benefit most from church when they remain with their families. The service calls for participation and the Pastor is very aware that there are young people in the congregation. Every week we provide a blank page for children to draw a picture or write notes as they listen to the sermon. They will be offered a reward at the end of the service if they share what they did on that page.
Our nursery is safe and clean and available for children ages 0-3. There are also cry rooms at the back of the sanctuary if small children need a place to get out the wiggles. The service can be seen and heard from inside these rooms.
- What is the “Children’s Message”?
Each week before the sermon, our Pastor invites any children (ages 4-12) to join him on the platform for a 3-5 minute message. He will interact with them and share something from or about the Bible to engage them on their level and help them grow in the Christian faith.
- Where is the offering plate and am I required to give?
Giving money to support the ministry of the church is something that should only be done without being under compulsion. We believe that God will bless those who are generous and who invest in the work of spreading the gospel, but we do not require or expect anybody to do that unless they want to. Ever since the Coronavirus Pandemic, we do not pass an offering plate. The plates are both in the narthex and at the front of the sanctuary. You may put a gift in them at any time.
- Do you shake hands at this church?
We would love to shake your hand if you feel comfortable with that. We encourage people to ask one another before offering a hand-shake.
- What is the “Fellowship Luncheon”?
Once a month we enjoy a potluck (bring a dish to share) as a church family. We invite you to join us. Look at the church calendar to see when the next lunch is scheduled OR listen to the announcements at the beginning of the service to learn more.
12. Does CPC require Masks or Vaccination
We neither require nor discourage either.
13. How would I find out if the worship service will be cancelled due to a crisis?
We do not plan to cancel Sunday morning worship services at any time until Christ returns or God providentially closes our church permanently. If anything changes regarding the meeting place or time you can look to our Facebook page or call or email us at the "contact us" link below.
14. Do you also have Sunday School?
We hold Sunday School at 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. It is an interactive classroom style, sometimes centered around a book of the Bible or a topic and often with the aid of video. Currently Sunday School classes are geared toward teens and adults. We do not have a children's Sunday School class at this time.
15. Do you also have small group Bible study during the week?
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM are Family Nights at the church. We meet for a dinner, hear a devotional, sing songs, and spend time together in prayer. Children are dismissed to play while the adults pray for the final 30 minutes of the evening.
16. What happened to the online live-stream of your Sunday service?
The gathering of God's people on the Lord's Day is not intended to simply be viewed. It is intended that worshippers will participate and engage with God and each other. This participation is not possible online. It requires that a person be present to sing, pray, confess, listen, read, admonish, encourage, worship, and fellowship. Matthew 22:35-40 says, 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Jesus' words cannot be followed in a worship service if people are not there, but merely watching online. We want to encourage those who want to worship with us to attend in person. This way they are able to be involved in a fully integrated experience, and so others may get to know them.
Feel free to email the Pastor at the “Contact Us” link on this website with any other questions. We look forward to having you join us for worship.