Welcome to Golden Isles Presbyterian Church, on beautiful Saint Simons Island, Georgia!
Golden Isles Presbyterian Church is unashamedly a "vanilla" Presbyterian church! Our focus is on worshiping God according to His instruction, as we find it in the Bible. We realize that His ways are not always our ways, and what seems good to us is not necessarily pleasing in the eyes of God, and nowhere is this more important than when we come to God in worship. In order to keep our focus on God, and on worshiping as He leads, we are resolved to do nothing but read the Word, hear the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and see the Word.
Read the Word and Hear the Word.
Without the Bible we have nothing. If God had not revealed Himself through the Bible, then we would never be able to know Him, nor know anything about Him, and so we consider the Word of God to be a rich and valuable gift.
At GIPC we are committed to lectio continua reading of the Bible. What this means is that every time we meet together - both Sunday morning and Sunday evening - an important part of our worship is reading continuously through the Bible. By going verse by verse, chapter by chapter through the Bible we seek to have a full diet of Scripture, looking at how God's wonderful plan of redemption unfolds throughout the Old Testament, culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and then how the Church flows from that great saving work as we anticipate the second coming of Christ.
Pray the Word and Sing the Word.
John Calvin, in his preface to the Genevan Psalter, said that there are two types of prayer - sung prayer and spoken prayer. We seek to model both forms of prayer after the pattern of prayer which we find throughout Scripture, but especially in the Psalms, and we seek to have prayers of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication in all our services.
See the Word.
In the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper we see the Word in action.
As a covenant child is brought for Baptism, we see the Covenant promises of God before us, and are reminded that God has promised that the good news of the Gospel is for us and for our children. As a new believer comes for Baptism we rejoice as we see the work of God in calling people to Himself, and we praise God for His wonderful saving work.
At GIPC we take the Lord's Supper every month, on the first Sunday morning of the month. As we gather together around the Lord's Table we are reminded of Christ's great sacrifice for sinners, and proclaim that He is ours and that we are His. We consider this to be a vital part of our Christian lives, and receive strengthening grace from God as we celebrate communion.
We hope that you will come and join us one Sunday, and see for yourself how all these parts fit together in our services of Worship.