Corporate worship, ideally, allows us to praise God and seek God's presence as children of God. Because worship is communal gratitude and love for God our creator, redeemer, and sustainer, it also allows us to gather with one another as sisters and brothers in Christ and celebrate our community. This means that worship is not a performance by the preacher, the choir, or the musicians. Worship leaders do not substitute for the congregation or stand between the congregation and God. All persons are participants in the worship services.
Worship is also where we gain knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual strength to carry out our discipleship in the world. To facilitate this at Oakhurst, we try to worship so as to involve the whole person: head and heart, thoughts and emotions through sermons, music, dance, drama, and other means. The goal is to provide opportunities in worship both to receive sustenance and to offer our gifts and abilities for service