At Westside King’s Church we gather each Sunday for three services which we like to say are “broadly the same”. Our gathering times are 8:30, 9:45, and 11:15. Our goal every week is that you, whether young or not-quite-so-young, would find opportunity to connect with others in the community; to be provoked to growth in your journey of following Jesus; and be offered chances to serve God’s kingdom in your daily life and through the various available programs.
Our services are different from week to week, but regardless of what particular week you found yourself with us, the following four features would always be present in every service. We like to think of them as our core Westside King’s liturgy.
Singing: We believe that the corporate worship of the Christian community is a formative thing. In our self-focused world, Christian worship turns our hearts, points us towards Jesus, and reminds us what our lives really need.
Story: We love to tell stories. Stories of faith, of our lives, and of the journey we’ve joined. Whether it’s gathered around a communion table to hear Jesus’ story, during our coffee break each week, or the numerous missions, events, and people we highlight during our gatherings, expect to be engaged in stories whenever you’re with us.
Scripture: The one story that binds us all together here, however, is the Bible. Rather than see scripture as a collection of verses that might be relevant to our story, we choose to immerse ourselves in the wider narrative of scripture believing that this “old story” is always fresh and formative for us today.
Sending: The mission of God compels us as a community to always be reminded that God has something for us to do. Throughout our service, expect to see us always wrestle to answer the question “so what?”, as we hold to our belief that following Jesus is much much bigger than what we do on Sunday.
When our upside-down crown first appeared as the symbol of our community, over a decade ago now, most of us were surprised by it. The crown made sense of our name, of course (we are the King’s Church), but it’s upside-down-ness startled us. And then we came to see that this was not only deeply right, but deeply helpful for us in thinking through the meaning and power of the gospel. We follow a king who serves, who laid aside his power for a while, who used his power not to dominate us, but to love us and raise us up.
And here is perhaps the strangest thing of all: we have come to see that it is not our crown that is upside down, but we ourselves: our perspective, our values, our understanding. We have come to see that the crown is actually right-side up in an upside-down world. And therefore to think through our faith is to find ourselves turned around, turned over, reversed in some basic way.