SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9:30am | 1393 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC, 27511

CONTACT: Pastor Duane Garner, dgarner@christkirknc.com

Where Worship Orchestrates Life

What do we mean when we say that at Christ Church “Worship Orchestrates Life?” Each word in this statement has important meaning to us, allow us to unpack this statement more fully.

“Where”

We believe that the church is central to the Christian life. We deny that Christianity can be reduced to an exclusively personal relationship to Jesus.  The church is the new Jerusalem, the new covenant “city from above,” the mother of us all (Gal. 4:26).  We agree with the ancient church father Cyprian who famously said, “No one can have God for his father, who has not the Church for his mother.” While the church cannot be reduced to one physical place on Earth, it does consist of distinct visible communities. Church membership therefore is essential to the Christian life.

“Worship”

Worship is not the singing part that precedes the sermon. Worship is the whole of our covenant renewal ceremony. It includes the call to worship, the confession of sin, consecration by the Word and prayer, communion, and commissioning. And while there is a true sense in which worship (our service) is to characterize the whole of our lives, there is something essential to our formal Lord’s Day service that is distinct, formative, transformative, and foundational to the Christian life.

“Orchestrates”

Lord’s Day Worship is a distinct time during our week, but it is also prototype and motif for all of life. Just as the old covenant temple was a model of the cosmos, and packed with symbolic elements that were formative for the nation of Israel, so our new and better covenant worship is a formative model for our whole lives. Worship orders all of life, and it does so with rich music and sacred songs—it unleashes a harmony of gifts of grace and Spirit filled service into the world. When we sing Psalms our souls are shaped, and ordered, and harmonized with Christ our Lord, renewed, cleansed, and set right so that we might live rightly before God all our days.

“Life”

Covenant renewal worship is central and essential, but when we conclude our service singing a threefold “Amen,” the effects of this sacred worship are just beginning. We are sent out from worship to disciple the nations, starting with our own families, our covenant children, and then out into the world as we engage in our various callings, ministries, and relationships.

If you’d like to learn more about our passion for worship and the shape and form of our covenant renewal services we highly recommend The Lord’s Service, by Jeff Meyers.  

Our Pastor: Duane Garner

Duane and his wife Sarah have been married since 1997, and have two children. Duane has served in various forms of vocational ministry since 1994. He earned a Bachelor of Bible Languages from Oxford Baptist Institute, Oxford, MS and studied at the Bucer Institute for Biblical Studies, Monroe, LA for four years. He is in the final stage of certification as a Biblical counselor with the ACBC (https://biblicalcounseling.com/). He has edited, written and contributed to a number of books, including “The Federal Vision”, “The Glory of Kings” and “Why the End is Not Near.” Duane loves baseball, college basketball, motor sports, doppelbocks, bluegrass, science fiction and long languid lunches.

Elders

Tim McClelland.
Tim was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He attended Grove City College and graduated with a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy with an additional concentration in Economics. He then went to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 1985.

After seminary, Tim and his wife, Anne, moved to Northern Virginia, where Tim was instrumental in starting two churches in the Presbyterian Church of America. In 1992, Tim & Anne moved to Raleigh, N.C., to pursue starting a classical Christian school Over the years, Tim served on the Board of Cary Christian School and on an interim basis also served as Principal.

In 2003, Tim and several other men, started Christ Church of N.C. 

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Deacons

Davis Chamblee. 
Davis Chamblee and his wife, Leanne have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children. They have attended Christ Church since 2009. Davis attended NC State University (although he’s still an avid Duke fan), is an electrical engineer and owns an electrical contracting business. He enjoys baseball, cooking barbecue, making and listening to music, feasting with his family and a good cigar.

Matthew Adams. 
Matthew Adams and his wife, Karen, married in 2003 and have been blessed with 5 children. They have been worshipping at Christ Church since moving to the area in 2010. Matthew attended the University of NC at Greensboro and earned a BS in Marketing. He has been in the pharmacitical industry in various roles for close to 20 years. Matthew enjoys family road trips, hiking, camping, reading and staying active so he can fully enjoy sweets!

Nathan Mlot. 
Has been married to Samantha for nine years and lives in south Raleigh with their four children Evelyn, Adam, Luke, and Isaac. Nathan is a Raleigh native and has been a member of Christ Church since 2014. He is a Mechanical Engineer who used to study the cooperative behavior of fire ants, but now works for DPR Construction Management.

Patrick Holbrook. 
Patrick Halbrook teaches history and rhetoric at Cary Christian School. He and his wife, Kaylie, have been married since 2004 and have four children.

Joshua McInnis. 
Josh McInnis is a deacon at Christ Church, where he has been a member since 2003. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married since 2013 and make their home in Raleigh. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian family and despite moving around as a military kid, considers himself a North Carolina native. Josh attended New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh before starting a career in IT. In his free time, Josh enjoys trail running, following professional baseball and college football, reading, and good food and drink.

 

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