We want your visit with us to be an enjoyable one and a visit in which you are able to feel free to partake in the worship service instead of being anxious for what might happen next or what might take place in general during the service. To help you visit with such an experience the following is a brief description of what will take place during our services and worship to God.
You Are Invited to Visit With Us!
Bible study is an important part of our service to God. It afford us the opportunity to truly search out the beauty of God’s word. Bible study is truly a window into our spiritual growth and we invite all to join us for this part of our services. Bible study begins at 9am CST We start with everyone gathered in the auditorium. A song will be lead. We encourage you to grab a songbook from the pew and join us in singing. The song is followed by a scripture reading by one of the men of the congregation and a prayer. After the prayer everyone will be dismissed to classes. There are classes available for all age groups from nursery to adult. If you have children we will be glad to help your children find their class. The adult class is held in the auditorium.
Break and Return to Service
At 9:45am a bell will sound to mark the end of our Bible Study period. At this time we will break for 15 minutes. You can use this time to do some visiting, check out our bulletin board for updates and announcements and of course make your way to the auditorium.
At 10:00 am the song leader will begin singing a song as a call to worship. At this time we would encourage all if they have not already found a seat to quietly make their way to their seat and join in the song being sung. When the song is finished a welcome will be extended and the song service will begin.
An area of the worship service you will notice right away is singing praises to God. One of the men of the congregation will lead the church in congregational singing at various times throughout the worship service. You are welcome and encouraged to join us in singing praises to God, but don’t feel uncomfortable sitting quietly if these songs are new to you, join in as you pick them up. Songbooks are available for everyone. The song numbers are announced before each song.
The singing is a-cappella, or voices only, because we believe that the Bible tells us to sing praises. Consistent with our goal of using the Bible as our guide, and in following the example of the early church, we do not add any instruments to the New Testament’s instructions.
Several times during the service today, one of the men of the congregation will lead a prayer. Generally, people bow their heads and close their eyes when a prayer is being offered during the worship. However, this is simply our tradition which is intended to show reverence to God. The important thing to us is focusing on what is being said. The members of the congregation will be praying silently along with the one who is leading their thoughts.
Prior to the communion we will have a scripture reading. This reading will generally focus on the communion we are about to engage in. Sometimes some short comments will be shared along with the reading.
An important time during the worship service is the time we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for all of our sins. Churches of Christ observe communion (also called the Lord’s Supper) each Sunday. This is done because of what Jesus taught. He told his disciples to eat bread to remember his body which was sacrificed for our sins and raised from the dead. He also told the disciples to drink “the fruit of the vine” to remember the blood that he shed for our sins.
Unleavened bread and grape juice are used in the communion service because we believe this is most like what the first Christians used. The Lord’s Supper served today is for any Christian, whether or not you are a visitor or member.
The money contributed by the members is overseen by the elders and used for evangelism and benevolence both locally and around the world. As a guest, you are not expected to contribute to these works, but you are free to give if you so choose. When the collection plate is passed to you, feel free to give any donation you might want to give or just pass it on to the next person
Today and every Sunday you visit, you will hear a lesson based on the Bible. Nick Secula, who is our full-time minister, will speak to the congregation for about 30 minutes. At the end of his message, he will ask anyone who wants the prayers of the church or wishes to be baptized to come to the front. Sometimes people refer to this as “the invitation” or we might call it a “song of encouragement,” but God’s invitation to obey him is always open.
To become a Christian a person must believe the good news they have heard about Jesus. They need to repent of their sins, which means to turn away from sinning and turn towards the ways of Jesus. They need to confess their belief in Jesus and be baptized to have their sins washed away.
|Elders and special titles||I Timothy 3:1-7, Matthew 23:8-12|
|Singing||I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16|
|Communion||Matthew 26:26-29, Acts 20:7|
|Offering||I Corinthians 16:1-2|
|How to become a Christian||Romans 10:17, Acts 16:31, Matthew 10:32, Acts 2:38|
Our services will close with announcements and prayer list updates. We take this time to inform of upcoming events and even birthdays of members.
We hope you will come and join us as we gather in the name of Jesus and offer worship and praise unto the One who gave it all that we might live.