What to Expect
Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the teaching and example of the Christians in the New Testament. The entire worship program is planned, but not rigid. Our Sunday morning assembly normally lasts about an hour.
- According to the example of the Scriptures, we partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7). Jesus established the practice of sharing the bread and the grape juice so that Christians would remember the sacrifice of His body and blood (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We leave to each person the decision to participate in the Supper. If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.
- Typically following the Lord's Supper, we provide an opportunity to make an offering. This is the means by which our members make their weekly contributions in support of the Lord's work. As our guest, you are welcome but not expected to make a donation. Our giving is generous and proportionate to our income (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
- Our music is the praise of our lips without instrumental accompaniment (Hebrews 13:15). We believe that a cappella congregational singing both enhances our personal involvement in the worship service and conforms to the New Testament pattern. A cappella literally means, "in the manner of the church," or "as in the chapel," and was the only accepted form of church music for nearly a thousand years (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
- Our prayers are genuine, and not just as a part of the program. There will be several prayers during the service, and there may be prayers for specific needs and requests (Matthew 7:7-11).
- The preaching of the word of God has a prominent place in worship. You will notice that the preacher doesn't have a title such as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as brother or simply called by his first name. He won't be wearing any special robes to set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9). We believe that all Christians are equal in God's sight. The sermon, which usually lasts around 25 minutes, is the time when the "good news" of God's love and Jesus' redemptive life is proclaimed and applied to our lives today. We believe you will find it encouraging, relevant, and Bible-based. At the end of each lesson, we invite all people to obey Jesus' commands and accept the Lord's free offer of salvation (John 14:15).
When you visit with us, please feel free to sit anywhere - there are no reserved seats. If you feel comfortable in doing so, please fill out a welcome card and drop it in the offering basket (we use it for recordkeeping and to thank our guests for coming). You may also use the welcome card to submit prayer requests, to ask a question, or to request other information concerning the congregation. Any sincere questions about the teaching of the Lord will always bring out our attitude of searching the Scriptures to find the answer.