All worship must be God-focused and God-glorifying. We are to worship Him with our whole heart in a way that He prescribes and in a way that holds Him in deepest reverence and glorifies Him.
We will strive to provide an atmosphere where people are best able to worship God.
-The BASICS class of SDPC
At South Dayton, we offer two different styles of worship. Our desire in doing this flows from the two principles mentioned above. It is important to the session and the church to understand that the style of worship should not cause division among the church members. The same sermon is preached in both services, and therefore the theme of the worship that day is also the same in both services. Many of the scripture passages and some of the texts for the music are the same as well. As with all of our worship services, nursery is provided. Each person is encouraged to participate in whichever worship service is most conducive to worship for him/her, while respecting other preferences and seeking to know what the other style can and does offer. We are to encourage one another to know, love and obey God and to seek his glory in the services of worship and in every part of our lives.
Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
This service is billed as "Traditional." The music for congregational singing is made up primarily of hymns from writers such as Martin Luther, Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, as well as songs of testimony from writers such as Fanny Crosby. The service also contains some elements of music from the classical genre as shared by musicians who are gifted in this way. Typical instrumentation for the traditional service is piano and organ with the occasional flute or violin. The atmosphere is contemplative and the attire tends to be more dressed-up.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m.
This service is billed as "Contemporary." The music for congregational singing varies, but typically centers around adult contemporary. The songs are a mix of current worship songs from popular Christian artists, RUF hymns, some original music and other hymns with alternate tunes. Typical instrumentation includes piano, electric keyboard, drums/percussion, bass/ rhythm/lead guitars. We also sometimes have flute, violin, harmonica, mandolin, and saxophone. The atmosphere is expressive and celebratory and the attire tends to be more casual.
We believe the regular observance of Communion is important in the life of the church. The Holy Spirit will use this time to nourish believers and to draw non-believers to an understanding of the work of Christ on the cross and the redeeming power of His resurrection. Communion will be served the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month during both regular morning worship services. Come join us around God's table as we commune with Him through this wonderful sacrament.
Other Special Services
During various religious holidays, we will hold special services. These include Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The styles of music and the elements of worship that are included vary according to the occasion and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our planning. Times and dates for these services will be published during the appropriate season.