What to Expect
When You Visit
It can be intimidating when you come to worship somewhere you've never been. First, we want to let you know you are welcome! Whether you come from somewhere that does things just like us, or if you've never been to a church before, we want to invite you to worship God with us! You will find we worship in a relaxed, welcoming, and reverent environment. You will find some brief explanations below to help our visitors and family better understand how we worship together.
When we come together it is a very special time for us. We try to worship God as closely to the way the earliest Christians worshipped Him in the first century.
You are welcome to join us, as we strive to please God and encourage one another, each week
We are led in prayer, together.
"What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also..."
-Paul, to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:15a, ESV)
Prayer is our opportunity to talk to God, who is our Heavenly Father. It is an honor to present our requests before our Creator.
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
-Jesus, Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:6, ESV)
We sing songs of worship as a congregation, singing with our voices and hearts.
"...be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart..."
-Paul, to the Ephesians (Ephesians 5:18b-19, ESV)
The songs are intended to worship God, encourage one another, and be our own sacrifice to God.
"Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name."
-The Hebrews author (Hebrews 13:15, NASB)
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is a highlight of our worship. Communion is our opportunity to remember Jesus' sacrifice and His resurrection on our behalf.
"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.' For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."
-Paul, to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NIV)
We take the Lord's Supper each week, and we offer the opportunity in the evening worship for those who might not have had the opportunity during morning worship.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
-Luke, recording the actions of the earliest church
(Acts 2:42, NIV)
Giving an Offering
Because God has given us so much, we offer Him a portion of what He has given to us. This is a form of our own worship as we contribute to the spiritual work of this congregation.
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
-Paul, to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV)
If you are visiting, please don't feel obligated to give any money. This is something we do as a congregation.
When we contribute funds to a ministry, we participate in that ministry.
"...it was kind of you to share...no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only...not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit...a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God."
-Paul, thanking the Philippians for their gift
(excerpts from Philippians 4:14-18, ESV)
We spend time listening to a message from Scripture.
"Until I come, devote yourself to...preaching and to teaching."
-Paul, to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:13b, NIV)
This message helps us better understand God's word and how to apply it to our lives.
"...continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of...[the] Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
-Paul, to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14a; 15b, NIV)
We are led in the public reading of the Bible.
"Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture..."
-Paul, to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:13a, ESV)
This helps us better know God's word, and remind us of the value of understanding the Bible.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
-Paul, to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)