WE INVITE YOU TO OUR PUBLIC WORSHIP OF GOD
We’re meeting 10:15 AM every Sunday at Room 201, 2/F Eagle Star Condominium, 25 F. Dela Rosa Street (near Katipunan Avenue), Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Although our service starts at 10:15 AM, we encourage everyone to come at 9:00 AM for our Sunday School classes, available for both adults and children. Everyone is welcome to enjoy our freshly brewed coffee at the refreshments area before the start of Sunday School and/or Worship Service.
Our worship services are conducted in English. Parents and children worship together. But we do have an adjacent room for nursing moms, and parents with small children where the audio is also piped in.
It is our hope and prayer that you’ll find Pilgrim Community Church a place where God’s truth meets with individual lives, a place where you’ll discover your life’s purpose, a place where you’ll find deep community, and a place where you’ll always find a fresh start.
If you find yourself in Katipunan, or are planning to visit or study in any of the schools within the area, we invite you to come and worship with us!
How To Get There
You may park within the vicinity where available, e.g. along Fabian Dela Rosa Street (in front of Common Room and Equatorial Coffee) or along Esteban Abada Street. There is also pay parking at MyPlace Residence Hall (in front of Eagle Star) and at the Regis Center.
The nearest LRT2 station is Katipunan (North Bound). There will be several tricycles that you may hire along Katipunan Avenue that will take you straight to our venue. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Eagle Star Condo at F. Dela Rosa Street, or in front of MyPlace Residence Hall (near KFC Katipunan).
We’re a relatively young church community that’s seeking by God’s grace to bring the ancient Christian faith to bear upon our particular context in fresh and faithful ways. Please read through each section as we walk you through our Sunday liturgy:
Opening with Praise
As we begin our time of worship, our presider comes up and calls everyone’s attention to worship as he reads from the Book of Psalms for Worship. The version of the psalm read on each Sunday is in metric form (i.e. poetic and meant to be sung) to the reflect, albeit indirectly, the poetic genre of the Old Testament psalms which, too, were meant to be sung. Afterwards, our pastor comes up and does a welcome. The pastor welcomes everyone who is there present to worship with us and he explains how our church bulletin which contains the song lyrics, prayers, responses, scripture texts, and other pertinent information might serve as our road map for our time of worship together. He also makes it a point to introduce our church and the three things that we aspire to reflect as a church community (i.e. our theological vision of Christ-centered, Gospel-shaped, and Together for Good). Just before we sing our first song, the pastor prays for our time of worship.
Confessing our Sins
Our presider then reads a text from Scripture and gives a short explanation of why we have a portion called “Confessing our Sins” (e.g. Here at Pilgrim Community, we believe that repentance and faith in Christ is not just what gets us saved from sin and death—although that is certainly true—but we also believe that repentance and faith is actually what keeps us saved. The genuine Christian life should be marked by a continual exercise of repentance and faith. For this reason, we would like to invite you to join us as we spend some time to confess our sins before God and to seek the forgiveness that Christ has so graciously secured for His people at the Cross). He then reads from the Law to remind us of how far we’ve fallen from God’s standard. After a moment of silent prayer, our presider leads us in a corporate prayer which is printed in our bulletin.
Giving Thanks for God's Mercy
The pastor comes back up and offer a brief word of encouragement, assuring believers of the promise of forgiveness of sins and enjoining unbelievers to desire and to seek the same forgiveness of sins in the Lord Jesus Christ. We then take an offering as a way to give thanks for God’s mercy in forgiving our sins in Christ and also as a way to participate in the mission of our church in a financial way. Some announcements are given and then the pastor prays.
Hearing the Word
The Bible passage on which the teaching is based is read. Slowly and clearly, not hurriedly. And then and exposition and application of the text is done, particular care is made to show how the passage testifies to our great need for Christ as sinners and how the Gospel addresses that need in Christ.
Giving Thanks for God's Grace
After the sermon, we sing a song of response before we break out into pairs or triads to briefly pray for one another. After our short prayer time, we then together pray the Lord’s Prayer (also printed in the bulletin).
Confessing our Faith
This section is where we take some time to together confess a portion of the faith that we hold as Christians. This year, we are reading through the Westminster Confession of Faith. By confessing our faith together, we are declaring that we are not pioneers of the Christian faith. Ours is an ancient faith that has been taught, defended, and passed down, by faithful Christians from generation to generation by the grace of God. By affirming these articles of faith, we stand in solidarity with all true Christians, past, present, and future.
Closing with Praise
As we close our time of worship, we sing a closing song. A benediction is given from the Bible and then we sing the Doxology together. Our formal time of worship comes to a close but we continue to enjoy each other’s fellowship and friendship after the worship service. Refreshments are also served.
We celebrate the sacrament of Lord’s Supper every third Sunday of each month.
What is the Lord's Supper?
The Lord’s supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace.
What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord's supper?
It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their faith to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.
The Q/As above were taken from the Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A 96 and 97.