What to Expect When You Visit Us
What you will find when you enter our doors is a friendly, family atmosphere. Expect to be warmly welcomed. We will be honored that you chose to visit with us, and we will want to get to know you better.
When you enter the auditorium, just have a seat where you feel comfortable.
As the Sunday morning worship period starts, there will be an opening song followed by a few announcements that will be of general interest to the congregation. A prayer will then be given.
The song leader will then lead us in song. Hymnals are in the book rack in front of you, or you may follow along with the songs as they are projected onto the screen at the front of the auditorium. You will notice that we do not focus on entertaining ourselves or others as we sing – our main purpose in singing is to praise God (Hebrews 13:15). We seek to worship according to the New Testament pattern. As a result, you will notice that we sing without the accompaniment of mechanical musical instruments (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We think you will be warmed by the beauty and simplicity of acappella singing.
After a few more songs, several men will serve the Lord’s Supper (communion). This weekly observance reminds us of the body and blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) and follows the pattern of the first century church (Acts 20:7). In keeping with Jesus’ example, the bread will be served first, followed by the fruit of the vine (grape juice). All Christians are welcome to partake.
After the Lord’s Supper has concluded, and we have sung a song to remind us of God's blessings, the same men who served communion will pass the collection plates to take up the weekly offering (see 1 Corinthians 16:2). This is how the work of the congregation is financed. The collection is not part of the Lord’s Supper, but it is a convenient time to pass the collection plates, as well. As our honored guest, you are not required or expected to contribute to this collection.
About midway through our time together, the preacher will stand before the congregation and deliver a sermon from the Scriptures. For your convenience, Bibles are in the book rack in front of you so that you may follow the reading. Likely the sermon and the main points will be projected onto the screen at the front of the auditorium. You will notice a strong emphasis on what the Bible teaches. We firmly believe that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). At the conclusion of the sermon, the congregation will stand and sing an invitation song to encourage anyone who wishes to respond to do so. Those responding to the invitation will be assisted by the preacher or one of the elders.
The assembly will conclude with a final song and prayer. After this, we want you to stay and visit as long as you please. Should you have any questions about what went on, or about anything Bible or church-related, please feel free to ask.
We think you will find our worship meaningful and refreshing as we strive to do it in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).