Our worship features multi-visual, multigenerational and multiple styles of worship in our services. Diversity is important to us. We will love everyone unconditionally without judgment and point all people to God in Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We recognize that attending a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. We would love for you to join us for worship, and we put together this little FAQ to answer some common questions you might have:
When are your services?
We have one service on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. In the sanctuary we offer blended services that emphasize traditional leanings the first two Sundays of the month and contemporary leanings the second two Sundays of the month. Communion is served the first and third Sundays of every month. On the occasional months when there is a fifth Sunday we offer different types of experiences. We build food kits to feed the hungry in service, we host intergenerational family services with a conversation around the Scriptures, and go into the community to serve the neighborhood.
What should I expect?
You can expect a smaller neighborhood atmosphere. You will probably be greeted by a couple folks who really are glad that you are here. You will be noticed, introduced to a couple of people, experience a vibrant service with strong Biblical teaching and relevant music and touch points to your life. Plus, we have coffee and healthy snacks after the service to foster deeper conversations.
What should I wear?
Well just put something that you are comfortable in on your tired and weary bones. You will find some people in a sport coat and tie and others wearing jeans, t-shirts and sandals. Anything really goes as long as you have something on.
What should I do?
You might be new to church, or perhaps you haven’t been in a long time. Maybe you are used to a different way that churches do things. Let us reassure you that you don’t have to do anything. Just come with an open mind, heart and spirit and expect to be touched by God.
Will you take my money?
Offerings are taken every week but they are just for our regular people. To the extent that you are grateful for God’s grace work in your life you can certainly respond but we will not force that on anyone. Its all up to you.
Where should I bring my children?
There is a nursery ages birth through age three. Ages four through sixth grade start in the sanctuary and leave for children’s time. All other ages remain. Family is important to us, so we try not to break up families for very long. If you are more comfortable with your children staying with you, that is awesome. The Pastors are totally cool with it.
Lake Burien is a Presbyterian church with a Reformed theology. As such, we recognize that the primary authority for us in all our faith and life is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s Living Word, as the Scriptures bear witness to him. However, there have been times throughout history when it has been necessary for the Reformed Church to articulate its faith and witness as lead by the Holy Spirit in response to different circumstances and challenges at certain times and in certain places. These articulations of faith and witness are found in the various creeds and confessions of the PCUSA in it’s Book of Confessions.
These confessional statements are subject to the authority of Jesus Christ and subordinate to Scripture, nevertheless, they are standards giving witness to the faith of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history, but all are faithful to the fundamental beliefs described above.
The Reformed tradition has certain characteristics and convictions found in ten essential beliefs or tenets, which are reflected in the PCUSA’s creeds and confessions. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.
The first two beliefs we share with Christians in all times and in all places taken from the faith of the Church universal, particularly the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
- Trinity – God the Father, who is over us, God the Son, who is with us and for us, and God the Holy Spirit, who is in us and among us.
- Incarnation – In Jesus Christ, the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. In Jesus Christ, the Triune God is revealed.
The next two we share with those who took part in the Reformation of the Church in the 16th century in their re-affirmation of God’s grace in Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture.
- Salvation by grace through faith.
- Scripture is the Word of God, and our only rule of faith and obedience.
In the remaining six beliefs, the PCUSA affirms the faith and witness of the Reformed
tradition. Central to this tradition is the affirmation of the majesty, holiness, and providence of God who creates, sustains, rules, and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love.
- Sovereignty and Providence of God
- The election of the people of God for service as well as for salvation.
- God’s involvement in the covenant community of God’s people.
- A faithful stewardship of ourselves, our gifts, our resources, and the earth.
- The recognition of the human sin of idolatry, tyranny, and disobedience.
- The commitment of believers to justice, liberation, and obedience.