Visiting an unfamiliar congregation can be intimidating. Let’s take away the mystery so you know exactly what to expect.
You are among friends. When you come through our doors, expect to be welcomed! Greeters will meet you as you come in, extend a warm handshake and answer any immediate questions you may have (such as "Where is a class for my children?" or "Where can we sit?") The greeters will also give you a welcome packet with lots of helpful information. We are glad you chose to visit us and we think you'll be glad too!
A Setting for Worship
Sunday morning services begin at 9:00 am for Morning Bible Study, 10:00 am for Worship Service including the Lord's Supper, and 11:00 am Devotional. Worship services are held in the auditorium. Sit anywhere you feel comfortable. Before worship begins there's a lot of "visiting" going on. That's because we are all part of a wonderful close-knit family, an you are our honored guest! Because of our extended Sunday morning service there is no evening service.
Wednesday evening Bible study begins at 6:30 pm.
Tell Us About You
A visitors card is enclosed in the Welcome Packet. We invite you to fill this out and place it in the contribution plate - because you are important to us!
We regard the Bible as the inspired word of God! During our worship service, we will have a scripture reading. The scriptures represent the mind of the One who created the universe! We should give Him our respect! Second, the message from God's word is worthy of our attention. Listening to or following along in our own Bibles helps us focus our attention on the reading.
Singing is a special opportunity to worship God. When we feel happy, we often sing! It's natural. It's no surprise then that God would want us to channel some of our worship through singing. What you won't hear are musical instruments. The reason we sing without instruments is not merely our preference. We want to worship God according to the New Testament pattern. And that pattern does not indicate that instrumental music was used.
Prayer is our communication to God. While each Christian should pray often and in private, we, as a congregation, pray together. Let us focus our attention on his words and make his prayer our own. We are commanded to pray for each other, so this prayer may include many specific names and circumstances. Prayer changes things!
Expect to hear a Bible-based sermon which will encourage faithful Christian living. You may notice that the preacher is not given special religious titles such as "pastor" or "reverend," nor does he wear any special garments to set them apart from others. That's because all Christians are viewed by God as "priests." (1 Peter 2:9)
The sermon concludes with an invitation for any individual to respond personally to the message.
The Lord’s Supper
Each Sunday we follow the New Testament pattern by sharing the Lord's Supper. The unleavened bread and grape juice are each distributed throughout the assembly. The Lord's Supper or "communion" is a both solemn and joyful occasion. Jesus commanded that His followers observe this as a means to remember the price He paid for our sins. It is sad to think that Jesus had to suffer and die to redeem us. But it is wonderful to think that He loves each one of us that much! (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Giving is a way of expressing our gratitude for God's blessings, physically, materially and spiritually. Each Christian should cheerfully give to support the works which God has directed. However, you, as our guest, are not expected to give. As the collection plate comes to you, please place the completed Visitors Card in the plate. (Contribution: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
Some Final Thoughts about Worship
Worshipping God in truth is truly a time of fellowship with God, His Son, Jesus, His Holy Spirit and God’s people, the church. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a time we look forward to! It's a time of learning, spiritual growth and encouragement. It’s a time of peace and personal reflection. It's a time for receiving God's love and mercy.
You are warmly invited to join us!