What to Expect

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:23-24

Thank you for choosing to be our guest. We want you to feel welcome and spiritually edified, so let us share with you what you may expect when you honor us with your presence.

We are simply Christians who are committed to following the Bible as our sole source of religious authority. Our mission is “to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). We are a diverse group of believers, from many backgrounds and at various stages of spiritual growth, who are united in our faith and love for Jesus the Christ.

When you visit for worship, here is what you may expect:

Greeting

When you arrive at the door, you may expect to be warmly greeted.  Special greeters will be available should you need help finding your way around our building. There is no assigned seating in our place of worship—so feel free to sit wherever you feel most comfortable. Services begin with a greeting and a few announcements. You will be invited to fill out an attendance card. Filling out an attendance card gives us an opportunity to thank you for visiting us.

Singing

You will notice our music is “a capella”; that is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. In singing, we praise God and encourage one another (Colossians 3:16 / Ephesians 5:19). You are invited to participate to whatever extent you feel comfortable. We believe you will find this to be an especially meaningful part of our service. Song books are available for your use or, if you prefer, the words and music to the songs are shown on a screen at the front of the auditorium.

Prayers

Prayer is another important aspect of our worship in as much as we believe that God’s power is available through prayer (James 5:16). Public prayers will be led at various times during the worship.

The Lord’s Supper

Every Sunday we participate in a communion service (Acts 20:7). This memorial service, instituted by our Lord, involves two elements: unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (Matthew 26:26-29).  Following prayer and, perhaps, some brief remarks, plates with unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ. Each one participating in this memorial will break off a piece of bread and partake of it.

Then, some trays containing small cups filled with grape juice will be passed around. The grape juice (Fruit of the Vine) represents the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the contents of one cup.

You may choose not to participate. Feel free to pass on the plate or tray to the person sitting next to you. This communion service is one way we are encouraged and commanded by example (Acts 20:7) to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Giving

An additional element of worship observed is the opportunity to give back to the Lord, a portion of what he has blessed us with.  This is done in the form of a collection which is taken up at this time (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation but may do so if you wish. Feel free to simply pass the collection plate on to the next person.

Sermon

The lesson, about 30 minutes in length, will always be based on Biblical scripture. Feel free to take notes so that when you get home you can refresh your memory from the word of God. Audio CDs and DVDs may be ordered and are free of charge for our visitors.

At the close of the sermon, an invitation will be offered to any who might be encouraged to publicly respond to the lesson by coming to the front of the auditorium while the congregation stands and sings an “invitation song”.  Some come requesting prayers for spiritual strength. Others come to confess public sin.  Still others come to place membership—that is, to let the church know that they wish to work and worship with the congregation. The most exciting and uplifting experience is when one responds to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

Thanks again for choosing to be a part of our worship! We are brought together by our need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. As we gather together to draw closer to Him, we have been honored to have you with us. We trust that your time with us will be a pleasant and spiritually uplifting experience. Be assured that you are always welcome any time you choose to be with us.