Welcome! If you are new to the area or to our church, we are delighted that the Lord has lead you to get to know us through our website. Young Meadows exists to be a vibrant disciple making church that radiates the gospel to Montgomery and to ends of the world. The Traditional Services exist to support and manifest Young Meadows’ vision by using the familiar forms of historic worship that God has used to reach men and women for Christ down through the ages and even in our own day and time.
1. Why do we call the services traditional?
The traditional services follow in form and substance with the Christian traditions of ages past. The consciousness of many people in our culture continues to remember familiar forms of worship. Many people are drawn to these forms that God has used in their own past and memory. It is our prayer that God will continue to use these forms so that even more people would come to know and grow in Christ.
2. What are some of the traditions that are identified?
- Family Friendly: Bringing the whole family together to worship the Lord: young and old, rich and poor, the stranger and weak are all welcomed in the house of the Lord.
- Worship that is both elevated in its focus and personal for all who come. The vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary emphasizes the transcendence of God (His greatness that is beyond our ability to fully comprehend), but also His immanence (His closeness) as His Son became incarnate and dwelt among us. While some people have focused on God’s greatness over His love, we are seeking to display both His greatness and also His love.
- We seek to be Gospel – driven and Christ – centered, like the reformers and the apostles before them. We recognize that it is not forms and formulas that lead people to know Christ personally, but the Spirit of God working through His ordinary means of spreading grace to His people in a living relationship between the living Christ and His children.
- Biblical roots. We use many of the forms found in the Bible including an elevated platform to honor the Word as in Nehemiah’s day (Nehemiah 8:1-8), the choirs like those David, Solomon and Josiah (II Chron. 35:15) used in the worship of God. The robes that were for glory and beauty in the worship of God (Ex. 28:2).
- Culturally relevant. We seek to speak to the real needs and concerns of our day in a way that people can hear, receive and apply to their lives to give them hope and help to live with Christ’s strength in this present world and to be prepared for heaven and eternity.
3. Why do your services start at 8:15 and 11:00?
There are two main reasons why we begin our services at 8:15 and 11:00 am. The first is that we want all three ministers on staff to be able to move back and forth between the Bridge service and the traditional services. The ministers at YMPC are a worship team that desire to work together rather than compete against one another. Thus the 8:15 and 11:00 services allow for both ministers and musicians to participate in both services as needed. Secondly, the 8:15 and 11:00 services provide more opportunities to worship the Lord throughout the day.
4. What does a typical order of worship look like?
Each service begins with a prelude of music, followed by a call to worship God in Christ which reminds us why we have come. After a brief prayer asking God to lead us in worship, there are songs and hymns and spiritual songs intended to stir our hearts to praise, followed by a time when we listen to what God has to say to us through the reading of His Word. We respond to the reading of the Word through corporate prayer, the offerings of musical worship and the tithes of offerings that come through our hearts and hands. This time is followed by a message for our children, a hymn of preparation, and a sermon. The service concludes with more singing and a word of blessing spoken over the congregation. Once each month we observe the Lord’s supper by which we continue to find in Him our strength, blessing and delight.
5. What kind of music is played?
Though the primary focus of the traditional service is on the old hymns and classic songs of our faith, we seek to be open to the music of all the ages that helps God’s people know and worship and serve the Lord yesterday, today and forever. The choir, ensembles, quartets and soloists help us lift up the Lord in worship, prayer and praise.
6. How should I dress?
Truth is that the answer to that question is probably much more important to you than it is to us. We would encourage you to wear that in which you believe you can worship God. While we want to bring our very best to the Lord, we believe that the Lord takes us as we are and draws us to know, love and delight in Him above all.