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We realize that not everyone is familiar with the way we worship God, so this brief introduction will guide you so we may be able to experience uplifting and authentic worship together when we meet.
Family News & Opening Prayer: Our family greeting, announcements and prayer to God in order to begin our time of worship.
Praise in Song: The entire congregation is asked to join in praising God through various songs as we are led by the song leader. You are welcome to join in, or simply listen. The outline of the entire service, including a list of songs is printed in the bulletin and placed in the book racks of each seat. Visitors often notice that we sing “acappella,” or voice only. We choose not to use instrumental accompaniment in order to reflect the kind of worship found in the Bible. We hope you find our simple worship engaging and encouraging. (Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 3:15-17)
Communion: Each week we celebrate communion with one another and the Lord. Men come to the front where someone will share some thoughts to help us focus on the meaning of the communion, lead us in prayer, and then pass trays containing “unleavened bread” or crackers. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ as He died upon the cross for everyone. Everyone is invited to break off a small piece of this bread and eat it as they think about the sacrifice Christ made for us. Next, small cups of grape juice are passed. This juice symbolizes the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. Everyone is encouraged to drink the juice as they reflect on how God loves us and was willing to offer His son on the cross for us. For convenience’s sake, everyone is welcome to place their empty cups back into the tray before passing it on to others. (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Giving: Because the communion servers are still together, it is convenient to pass the collection baskets immediately following the communion service. Christians give as a part of their trust in God, and visitors are not expected to give. In fact, visitors are asked to simply fill out a visitor card and place it in the collection basket as it is passed. The money collected is what the church entirely depends upon to provide for the building, the ministry staff, and all of its various services and ministries. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-8)
Bible Reading: Our opening time of prayer is followed by the reading of the Word of God. Normally this reading from the Bible is connected to the sermon. From time to tme, everyone is asked to stand as a sign of respect for the Word of God. (Nehemiah 8:5-8; 1 Timothy 4:13)
Preaching: The preacher will deliver about a 30 minute sermon. Various Bible passages are used to help the listeners learn more about God, and how to focus their spiritual journey through life. We believe the Word of God is powerful and wise in directing our lives for the best possible way of life. (2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:2-3)
Invitation: At the end of the sermon, life application is made. Listeners are encouraged to apply the passage to their lives. Some use this opportunity to make a change in their lives. Others come forward with a desire to be immersed in water and be added to Christ’s church, and some people ask for prayers for specific struggles. All requests are shared and prayed for. The elders of the church will come forward and sit with people who respond and lead a prayer for God to bless them and heal them. After the final prayer, everyone is encouraged to remain for a few minutes to visit and get to know each other a little better. (James 5:16; Acts 2:36-42)
Closing Prayer: We end each Sunday worship service with prayer requests. We realize worship can be difficult when we are struggling with burdens. Everyone is encouraged to share their request, so we can specifically ask God to intervene on their behalf. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-18; Luke 11:5-13)
Our Worship is…
A Time of Celebration
Worship is not about us – it is about God! The church gathers to worship God – to praise Him, to thank Him, to love Him, to obey Him, to please Him. The appropriate avenues of worship include: singing, praying, preaching, giving and communing with our Lord in the Lord’s Supper. Through these Biblically authorized avenues we celebrate the salvation promised through Jesus Christ.
A Time of Edification
When the church worships as a collective body of Christ, each worshiper also experiences fellowship with one another. As a community of believers we are built up, strengthened, edified, and equipped for greater service. We enter to worship – we leave to serve!
A Time of Reflection
Worship affords a special time in the presence of God – a time to think, to pray, to study, to evaluate life, to make new commitments. Worship with brothers and sisters in the church should always be an encouraging experience that reminds us who we are and who God is – why we are here and what we should do to further his kingdom.
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