A Family Atmosphere
Wolf River is a mission work (new church plant) of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. This means we are not a large church, but we are growing. You’ll find families from many different walks of life and backgrounds, with children ranging from infant to college age. These are families that have experienced the grace of God working in their lives, and they love to share the story. You’ll find a warm welcome, and a genuine desire to get to know you and meet your needs. If you tell us ahead that you’ll be visiting, we’d be glad to arrange hospitality or a visit in one of our families’ homes. This is not a congregation where you’re lost in the crowd, nor is it a congregation of perfect people. Just sinners, saved by grace, and we love to share the benefits and blessings the Lord has provided.
Biblically Based Worship
Some might describe our worship as “traditional.” That is, it’s simple worship, based upon principles derived from God’s Word. Our worship service is about an hour long, and prominently features the reading of Scripture, hymns (we use piano accompaniment and the Trinity Hymnal, and typically we will sing at least one Psalm during the service), and a clear, Scripturally based sermon of about 30 minutes. Our service is centered around the theme of Christ as he is revealed on every page of Scripture.
To give you an idea of what our worship looks like, you can click here to see a recent bulletin. We worship the way we do not because it’s traditional, but because we believe it is the way God has commanded in his Word. We hold to what is known as the “regulative principle.” That is, our worship is regulated by what God commands in his word – not by what is most popular in modern culture.
A Love for God
God’s word tells us that “we love him because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). God didn’t love us because we were so lovable, but because of his mercy (Romans 5:8). He chose us from before the world was created, (Eph. 1:4) to walk in holiness and obedience to him. So even while we were sinners, we didn’t chose God – God chose us (John 15:16), even though we were undeserving. If our salvation was by our own will and whim, our love for God could ebb and flow along with our feelings. But salvation was God’s doing (John 1:13). How can we do anything other than love him fully, and serve him gratefully? This is the essence of the ten commandments – to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our strength, and with all our mind” (Matt. 22:37). This love is reflected in our worship, fellowship, attitudes, and service. It is part of our identity as Christ’s Church, and you can notice it here. When you come here, you’ll find that we love to talk about the Lord, and would love to talk to you about him. No matter where you’re coming from or what life has brought your way, you’ll find people here who share your love for the Lord. Whether you want to chat theology or just talk about your week, you’ll find ears willing to listen and people who will enjoy the fellowship.