February 11, 2012

What to Expect in Our Worship

Singing

The largest section of the Bible is filled with poetry and hymns. This is a time when we, as the family of God, express our hearts in song, glorifying God and encouraging to one another.

 

Prayer

Everyone can pray, and pray any time. But at least twice in our assembly we will go to God as a family unit, our collective prayer led by one of our members.

 

Lord’s Supper

Sometimes called “communion,” this is a weekly reminder of what Jesus did for us. It is a reminder that we have entered a relationship with God through the blood of Christ. It is a reminder that when God saved us, he made us a part of something larger than ourselves – the body of Christ, the Church. Communion is open to all Christians. The bread of communion is served to the congregation by our ushers, as is the wine. We are not served by the Minister, nor do we make our way to the front to be served.

 

Collection

Since the early days of the Church, there has been a time when Christians would bring gifts to God in appreciation for His blessings. These are used to carry on the work God has given the Church to do. The collection is a “free-will” offering. Those who give should do so cheerfully and thankfully, in accordance with the blessings God has given them.

 

Scripture Reading and Preaching

The public reading and explanation of scripture reminds us that the Word of God is central to our lives and the will of God is only found in it. At the end of the sermon, we stand for a song. This is a formal opportunity for those who feel they need prayer, or baptism, to come before the congregation and make that known. They will be met by our minister, or one of our Elders and prayer will be offered. If there is a request for baptism, it will be performed immediately in our baptistery pool just under the front windows.

 

Our assembly ends usually by 11:40 am. This is the part planned by us. Sometimes, God has other plans. If someone comes for prayer or for baptism after the sermon, we stay for assembly until all God has called us to do is taken care of.

You may hear a sample of our sermons on this website. We look forward to your visit!

 

 

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