Who We Are
Providence Presbyterian Church is a worshiping Christian community seeking to obediently live out and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, the city of St. Louis, and around the world.
The good news of the Gospel is that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead nearly twenty centuries ago in real time and space was the inauguration of a new world—a world of peace and beauty that still awaits completion in the future return of Jesus, but is even now being brought into existence by the work of the Holy Spirit and the faithful obedience of the Bride of Christ: that is, his Church.
We believe that this new world is realized and experienced most dramatically in the gathered Sunday morning worship of God's people, and as we are served in worship by the ascended Christ through prayer and song, the reading and preaching of the Scriptures, and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, we are formed into the mature Body of Christ and prepared to join with our Savior in giving our lives in exchange for the life of the world.
We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, which separated from the mainline Presbyterian denomination in 1973 in order to submit to God's infallible Word, be faithful to the Reformation tradition, and be obedient to the Great Commission.
Attentive Pastoral Care is foundational for the health and well-being of the congregation. Pastor Meyers and any of our Elders are available to meet with, pray for, or provide guidance to anyone who attends our church.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament accurately reveal for us who God is and what his purposes are for humanity and his entire creation. Our teaching, therefore, is focused on biblical exposition and application. We preach paragraph by paragraph through the Bible and devote most of our time in teaching venues to helping one another understand the biblical story.
We take seriously the biblical call to meet with one another regularly. We love to gather with other believers for prayer, Bible studies, and meals. Throughout the year we hold church-wide feasts, picnics, and other celebrations as opportunities to get to know one another. We also have multiple small groups and Bible studies that meet on a regular basis to pray, fellowship, and learn the Scriptures.
Weekly Sunday morning worship is the most important thing we do together as a Church body. Our worship is based on the way God draws his people near, as revealed in the Bible. The service can be described a "Covenant Renewal" service—where God himself renews his personal bond of love with us by drawing us into his presence for forgiveness, instruction from his Word, the assurance of his loving presence at the Lord's Supper, and his blessing on us as we are commissioned to faithfully witness to his kingdom in our lives.
A Special Welcome from Pastor Meyers
Providence is a traditional church community. But not in the sense that we are old fashioned or foolishly out of touch with the modern world, and certainly not because we think “tradition” is more authoritative than the Scriptures. Rather, we believe and practice a way of being the church that is rooted in how the Holy Spirit has led the Christian community for two thousand years.
We seek to understand and practice the great wisdom found in what has been faithfully handed down to us by the wise men and women of the Christian church—the time-tested hymns, prayers, rituals, creeds, and spiritual practices that have shaped Christian communities for centuries. We resist the pressure to refashion the church to look and feel like a concert hall or entertainment center. We will not substitute modern marketing or entertainment practices for the richly textured and powerful Christian liturgy and rituals of the Church.
All of this makes us different, especially in modern America. That difference ought not to make us proud or arrogant toward other Christian churches. That would be tragic. But our being different often makes it difficult for some when they visit our church on Sunday morning.
To be honest, it takes some effort to learn the disciplines and practices of Christian worship. It requires some “unlearning” of what one thinks ought to happen in church on Sunday. When God calls people together in assembly for worship something happens that is unlike other modern cultural events. It’s not like watching a TV show or attending a movie theater or sitting in a music concert, or even attending a lecture. Christian worship is something gloriously different.
In the Christian Assembly, God himself graciously serves his needy people with gifts of forgiveness, comfort, wisdom, and empowerment, by means of his Word and the Sacraments. If this is what you are looking for, then you are certainly welcome to join us on Sunday morning.
Serving the Lord Jesus Christ,
Pastor Jeff Meyers
What to Expect
- A worship service in a traditional church building with pews, kneelers, a baptismal font, and a Communion Table
- Participatory worship with Scripture readings, responsive readings, hymns, and prayers
- Traditional music and hymns with organ & piano accompaniment
- A Scripture-saturated sermon that is an exposition of the Bible, paragraph by paragraph
- Weekly Communion with bread and wine
- Coffee & fellowship between worship & Sunday School with welcoming members of Providence
- Flawed, sinful people that have been delivered by God’s grace and mercy in Christ Jesus, and who continue to strive to serve God and love one another sincerely
Do NOT Expect
- Entertainment from a stage with singers, dancers, rock bands, dry ice smoke machines, zip-line entries, or funny videos
- To sit quietly and passively, as though a member of an audience
- Electric guitars, drum sets, electronic instruments, or contemporary music styles
- Christianized self-help talks, or "how to get rich with Jesus" messages
- A topical sermon on a current "hot topic" with Bible verses sprinkled in to give some semblance of Christian authority
- To get lost in the hustle of bustle of a large congregation and be an “anonymous” attendee
- A community of people with a "holier-than-thou" mentality, who grandstand their “holiness” to impress others