how & Why we worship

Worship at Geneva Campus Church invites you into a story with four chapters:

  • Gathering: We begin with a call to worship, reminding us that God is the gracious initiator here. He welcomes us to come just as we are, confessing our sin and brokenness, and rejoicing in the gospel.
  • Word: We listen as we hear God’s Word proclaimed, and are invited to make the biblical story our story, to see ourselves as characters in the drama of redemption.
  • Table: Our worship culminates in our communing with God and with one another. We are invited to sit down for supper with the Creator of the universe, to dine with the King as His sons and daughters.
  • Sending: The sending at the end of the service reminds us that we are sent to cultivate God’s good creation and invite others to find their humanity in this Story. The final words are ones of blessing and gratitude.

This historic four-fold worship dates back to the earliest days of the Christian church, and even earlier. These elements are the backbone of the rhythms we observe from week to week. The ancient word liturgy means "the work of the people". Our services are designed to encourage the active participation of the whole congregation. We consider every aspect of our service to be an act of worship to the living God, who has revealed Himself most fully through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We also follow the traditional seasons of the Church Year as a way of structuring our worship and life together as a community. These seasons follow the storyline of Jesus' own life, moving from the expectation of his coming (Advent) to his birth (Christmas), public ministry (Epiphany), journey to the cross (Lent), resurrection (Easter), and pouring out of the Spirit upon his church (Pentecost). Remembering the story of Jesus in this way invites us to focus our faith on Him and make His life the pattern for our own lives. 

"Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship." — David Foster Wallace