Our instrumentation is usually guitar-driven, and our arrangements are typically contemporary. We are blessed with many wonderful musicians within our community, and they lead together in teams that rotate week to week.
There is no dress code for worship at City Line. Some people come in business casual, and others come in t-shirts and jeans.
As with all public gatherings, there’s a certain flow to our worship, which the bulletin will help guide you through. But if following a bulletin feels restrictive, feel free to simply listen for cues from the people who will guide the service from upfront. Also, some parts of our service are scripted. This is to remind us that the point of worshipping together… is so that we can worship together! Even by using the same words Other parts of our service, on the other hand, will be completely unscripted – private moments of confession, open moments where anyone can contribute a brief prayer, and so on.
We begin with a call to worship and response in song, which reminds us that God wants us to worship him and it is our joy to do so. We then enter a time of confession and receiving forgiveness in Christ, remembering how easily we turn our worship towards lesser things, but how readily God helps us to come back. Next, we hear the Scriptures read and preached,and so experience the fact that we are not left alone to try to figure out our world and ourselves, but God has given us his Word. And finally, when we dine at the Lord’s Table and then are sent out with his blessing, we receive strength from Jesus himself to take our worship beyond just Sunday and into the rest of our week.
We value preaching that is not only faithful to the text of ancient Scripture, but also relevant to the modern listener. A good sermon not only explains the meaning of God’s Word, but also makes contemporary connections and draws out implications for our daily lives. Feel free to download previous sermons here.
Worship is not only a time for us to offer up our songs and prayers and our ears as we listen to a sermon; it is also an offering up of our entire lives – including our resources. With that said, visitors should feel completely free to just let the basket pass.
Communion is a sacrament of bread and drink that Jesus has given his Church as a means of remembering – and even internalizing – the forgiveness and spiritual strength that he offers us through his broken body and poured out blood. We welcome all baptized followers of Jesus to join us.
At the end of each City Line worship service, a word of God’s blessing – called a benediction – is pronounced. This is a reminder that in worship, we finally experience the blessing of becoming who we were made to be and what we were designed to do. And then as a congregation we are sent out to love God, our city, and the world. From the place of worship, we are sent out to extend the blessing we have received to everyone and everywhere around us.
The Gospel proclamation is that Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again as king, and is even now establishing his kingdom in our world. And so around Christmas, we especially celebrate his birth. During Lent and Good Friday, we especially remember his life and death. And at Easter through Pentecost, we especially celebrate his resurrection and the hope of his new kingdom.
At City Line, we take member care very seriously. Our pastor and elders are always available to meet for general pastoral conversations. We also care for our people by partnering with the Philadelphia Renewal Network (PRN), which offers discounted biblical counseling and psychiatric services to our members (regular attenders can also apply for the discount). To learn more about PRN, visit http://philadelphiarenewalnetwork.org.