Worship Service – 11:00 am Sundays

Worship at CLF

“Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)

At CLF, we believe worship is more than just coming together and singing some songs and hearing a message, it is giving ourselves to God for His use on a daily basis. Romans 12:1 reads, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

However, we do believe that part of that worship involves coming together corporately as the Body of Christ to honor, thank, and praise Him for who He is and what He has done. This “coming together worship” is essential for a mature, pleasing relationship with the Lord. Our desire is to spend time with God in worship of His greatness. No other deserves our praise or devotion–anything else is a false God! In Matt. 22:37-38, Jesus said “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Our worship service follows a three step pattern: Rejoice, receive, respond.

We begin by rejoicing together with music lifted to God. Our desire is to praise the Lord as modeled in the Psalms.

  • Psalm 33:1 – Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
  • Psalm 40:3 – He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

CLF incorporates the old and the new in a contemporary style. We include the musical heritage of the hymns with contemporary praise and worship songs and choruses, as well as original songs written by our worship leaders and others in our body. We utilize a contemporary worship band, but we are much more concerned with the FUNCTION of the worship service rather than just the form. God desires us to worship Him and Him alone! Let us worship the Lord together!

In addition, during this “rejoice time” we regularly (about once a month) have “Body Life Time,” where we offer an opportunity for people to share what God has been doing in their lives.

We also believe that part of worship is to receive from God whatever it is He has to tell us as His flock from His Word. We believe in in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible (that the Holy Spirit gave the very words in the original manuscripts). While he occasionally gives topical sermons (preaching on a specific topic and referencing biblical texts covering that topic), our pastor, Scott F. Guinn, strongly believes in and typically does expository preaching (concentrating on a specific Scripture passage and discussing the topics covered therein). We unashamedly proclaim God’s Word at CLF!

On the first Sunday of each month, we observe The Lord’s Table (Communion) during this “receive” time. We practice “open communion”; that is, you do not have to be baptized or be a member of our church to participate. You just have to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Finally, we encourage God’s people to respond to the message they have received as they live their lives from day to day. Scott usually closes the service with the admonition, “Go with God as you live this Christian life!” We also have a fellowship time following the service that allows us to share our lives with each other, encourage each other, and pray for each other.

We do observe the ordinance of believer’s baptism (full immersion) to anyone who feels led to receive it. We believe that baptism is not part of salvation, but rather a public profession that one has already been saved and is identifying himself with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. As our facility was originally a Catholic church, we do not have a baptismal, so we utilize the nearby Boise River.

The CLF Worship Team

The worship team of Christian Life Fellowship exists to promote and facilitate the ministry of praise and worship in our body. Our goal is to honor God and to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to bringing people into an encounter with Him. Our aim is to provide unhindered, powerfully anointed worship so that God’s people can worship Him in spirit and in truth. We also want any unbelievers visiting to see that God is present and real, so that they will desire to have a relationship where they, too, can have an encounter with Him. Participants on this team must have a heart for worship, both corporately and individually. They will daily worship and seek God and be passionate about seeing Him exalted and meeting with His people, both corporately and individually. They will make every effort to promote a spirit of unity and cooperation among the participants on the worship team and in the church as a whole, and will support and encourage the worship leader, elders, deacons, and other leaders of the church.

We are always looking for Christians who fit this description and who have the ability to “sing joyfully to the LORD” and / or “play skillfully” for him on keyboard, guitar (electric or acoustic), bass guitar, drums or percussion, or vocals. If you feel you meet this criteria, we would love to talk with you about being a member of the worship team!

For more information or to schedule a meeting to discuss the possibility of serving on the worship team, contact Pastor Scott.

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