The term Liturgy literally means work of the people.
At Bloom we believe that worship is a communal participatory event in which the people of God assemble to join in worship, prayer, and the hearing of God’s word, all of which forms us into the likeness of Christ. As we practice the following disciplines, we believe that God shapes us and forms us while simultaneously drawing our hearts and our minds to himself.
We begin each service with a reading from the book of Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The Psalms are a collection of songs and prayers which have been with God’s people for thousands of years. As such, each week in the public reading of the Psalms we are united to the long legacy of what God has been doing in the world since the beginning of the story.
Sharing of the Peace
Each week we invite the community to join in a time of sharing the Peace of God with those around them. For millennia the Church has believed that the Sharing of the Peace is more than a simple greeting and rather is an actual blessing upon that person. A common blessing follows, “Peace be with you!” with the response, “And also with you!”
A foundational part of our gathering is the declaration of a Creed. Creeds are statements of belief indicating the truths which we as the Church gather around. The Nicene Creed is one of the most ancient statements of faith and has been with the church for nearly 2,000 years. Therefore every week we gather together and join in declaring, “We believe…”
Scripture calls us to offer our praise to the Lord with raised voices. The vast majority of the Psalms were songs sung by the people of God. As such, worship through song is a prominent piece of our Liturgy. It is through songs corporately sung that our voices rise above our own issues and needs and join in the chorus of praise sung to God throughout the world from the beginning of time.
We believe that the Word of God is living and active. The sermon, then, is a message presented to the Church each week which presents God’s word and calls people to respond to it. During this time God’s Word ministers to us, challenges us, heals us, frees us, and above all invites us to surrender ourselves to the good and loving will of God.
Scripture clearly teaches that no man is without sin while simultaneously promising that if we confess our sin that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Confession then is our public and corporate acknowledgement of our sin against God and one another, which joins us together in humility before our Lord. In this we seek God’s divine mercy, grace, and forgiveness that we might turn from our sin to delight in His will and walk in His way for His glory.
This meal and sacrament is the climax of our service in which we remember and participate in our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice. We believe that this meal is surrounded by the mystery of Christ and that in it we are united with Him as he is united with his Father. Therefore we hold that this is more than a symbol but rather a sacred meal in which God the Son becomes truly present to us.
The term doxology comes from the two words meaning glory and words. These words of glory are a sung blessing which directs all of our praise and worship towards God. Each week we conclude our service by remembering that all of creation and all people are called to give God glory.
The benediction then is a blessing offered by the leader upon the people of the gathering. It is a prayer that God would bless and preserve the people as they leave the assembly and that He would reveal himself to them while granting them grace and peace. Therefore as they leave, the people of God carry this grace and peace out offering it to the world around them.
Waters of Baptism
We believe that in our baptism we are mysteriously united to Christ in his death and as such truly participate in his resurrection. The waters of baptism are found at the entrance and exit of the gatherings space. As we enter, the Waters of Baptism remind us that we are washed clean from the filth of the world. As we leave, we remember that we now carry the newness of life with us wherever we go.