At Jacob’s Well we believe that growing into Christ’s likeness is an intentional process that depends fully on God’s grace but is comprised of certain kids of practices, like gathering for corporate worship on Sundays or Evening Prayer on Wednesdays.
When we gather to “worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (Psalm 96.9) on Sundays, we engage the heart, mind, soul, and body. We do this by:
- lifting God’s name high in song
- reading Scripture together and hearing Scripture read and taught
- praying together
- giving tithes and offerings
- celebrating Holy Communion (monthly)
- celebrating baptisms, child dedications, and other milestones of faith
- joining with one another in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
(2 Corinthians 13.14; Ephesians 4.4-6).
In our Sunday worship, we use the Church Calendar as a tool to guide us.
During the first half of the year, we follow the story of Jesus in the Gospels. from anticipation of his birth (Advent) through his death, resurrection, and ascension (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Sunday), until he pours out his Spirit on his people (Pentecost).
The second half of the year (Ordinary Time) is about the story of the People of God, the Church. We take a little more liberty during this time of the year, focusing on whole books of the Bible and different topics of importance and interest to the life of the church (like evangelism, stewardship, theology of work, etc).
We also believe in the importance of personal worship, and want to encourage and equip Christians to engage in spiritual disciplines like prayer, study, meditation, and celebration. While these disciplines do nothing in and of themselves apart from God’s grace, they posture us to welcome and cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he seeks to work in our lives and in the world.