Our worship reflects our Scottish and Swiss heritage: traditional, reverent, understated. Several key theological commitments shape our worship: the Sovereignty and Majesty of God (God is not our buddy; God is holy); the centrality of scripture, the belief that the Holy Spirit engages the mind as well as the heart and the soul. We believe that God’s grace overcomes sin, evil, and anything that seeks to separate us from God.
Worship in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches is more liturgical (structured). Baptist, Pentecostal, and non-denominational churches are non-liturgical (free form). Presbyterians fall squarely in the middle. We gather each Sunday to praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, confess our sins, and seek God’s grace through Word and Sacrament. We are sent out into the world to glorify God through service and acts of compassion.
Our worship is an offering to God. For us the focus is on God’s character, God’s will, God’s claim on our lives, rather than on the believer’s sins or experience. Because we believe that faith comes from hearing the gospel of salvation by the atoning death of Jesus Christ, preaching is very important. Preaching explains and applies what God is communicating to us through scripture.
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month and on special occasions.
Our worship is traditional, marked by reverence, humility, thoughtfulness, prayer, and listening for God’s word to us. We have a 3,000 pipe organ, a Yamaha grand piano, choirs, and soloists.
Worship starts Sundays at 10:30 and usually takes an hour. We leave encouraged, uplifted, equipped, inspired, and ready to tackle the tasks at hand as children who are forgiven loved, and called by God to be salt and light.
Rev. Dr. Steven Ramp
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg