Our Meeting Times
We understand that attending services somewhere new can be challenging. We want to give you a glimpse of what you might see during services so that you might be more comfortable when you attend. Below are some of the features that people generally want to know about our meeting together.
Worship Service - 10:30am Sunday
Worship Service - 6:00pm Sunday
Bible Study - 9:30am Sunday
Devotional & Study - 7:00pm Wednesday
The Lord's Supper
Sunday Morning & Evening
Every Sunday morning at 10:30am and Sunday evening at 6pm we meet for worship together. That worship consists of several major elements, but among the highest priority is observing the Lord's Supper. Jesus said, "This do in remembrance of Me." (Luke 22:19)
We do it to offer a time to specifically remember Him. Luke wrote in Acts 20:7, "On the first day of the week we came together to break bread." It was Paul who said, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Cor 11:1) We choose to continue in following the example handed down through Scripture every first day of the week. We also offer the Lord's supper in a private room on Sunday evening for any who were not able to participate on Sunday morning, but would still like to remember their Lord in this intimate way.
"23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup." - 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
All Congregational Meetings
In Acts 20:7a, connected with communion was someone speaking to the assembly. "On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people."
We choose today to follow in that example. Our Sunday worship services include a message from the scriptures from a member of Christ's church, often our minister. Sunday evening worship service follows the same pattern. Sunday morning Bible Study consists of dividing into age, gender, or topic specific classes to foster discussion and study among individuals. Following a period of singing and prayer, we also have seperate Bible classes on Wednesday Evenings.
Our Bible teaching focuses on expository and topic subjects. We balance between the Old and New Testaments. We believe "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." - 2 Timothy 3:16
We want to give all the opportunity to "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 TImothy 2:15
A capella Singing
All Congregational Meetings
While it may be different from what you've experienced elsewhere, we try to follow the examples of the early church in acapella congregational singing. We choose to make worship participation accessible to all by continuing in congregational singing. We choose to use the aid of one volunteer song leader, powerpoint, and a hymnal for the purposes of unity. We try to avoid cultural influences that might encourage you to disengage and be a spectator. We want to be unified with the person sitting next to us in song. We want everyone to actively be encouraging brothers and sisters around them. We hope you'll join with us in this God-centered and others-centered effort to praise, address one another, teach, and share in the same way Jesus and the early church did. Won't you sing with us?
"Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise." - James 5:13b
"Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." - Ephesians 5:19
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." - Colossians 3:16
"I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also." - 1 Cor 14:15b
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God." - Acts 16:25a
"And in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” - Romans 15:19
“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” - Hebrews 2:12
"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." - Mark 14:26
We don't force anyone to give nor do we with hold services to anyone who chooses not to give. We don't even encourage our visitors to give (we expect that most give at their home congregations). We choose to offer an opportunity to all to contribute to spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God through whatever means they have whether that be time, effort, or money. This opportunity follows what Paul writes, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” - 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
"I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." - Acts 20:35