Our Worship

Our worship service has as its main focus, an exposition of the Bible. We believe that God speaks to us through the preaching of the Word and therefore this takes up a substantial amount of time in our worship service.

Services on the Lord’s Day take the following form:

  • Welcome
  • Singing of a Psalm
  • Opening Prayer
  • Children’s Address (Children come down to the front)
  • Singing of a Psalm (during this, Sunday school and crèche children go out)
  • Reading of the Bible
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Singing of a Psalm
  • Expository Sermon from the Bible
  • Singing of a Psalm
  • Benedictory Blessing (2 Corinthians 13. 14)

For any visitors perhaps the most noticeable aspect of our worship is our praise. We sing metrical versions of the Book of Psalms. We do not employ any musical accompaniment to these items of praise instead we have a precentor, normally a man who stands up and begins the singing after which the congregation join in. To a modern eye this may seem a strange practice but is one that has its roots firmly in the history of the Scottish Church following the Reformation in Scotland. Although musical instruments were used in the Old Testament, there is no record of the New Testament church using them, the worship of the New Testament church being based upon the form of worship practised in the synagogue which used unaccompanied singing of psalms.

Until recently we sung the 1650 version of the Scottish Metrical Psalms but now we also use a supplementary Psalter that has translated the Hebrew poetry from the Book of Psalms into a more modern and understandable form of praise. This new Psalter, called ‘Sing Psalms’ was produced with the greatest of care by the Free Church of Scotland Psalmody Committee over a considerable number of years. The final product meets their stated aim to translate from the original Hebrew passage of scripture into an idiom that modern English language readers are accustomed to.