Our service typically consists of the following, but may differ occasionally:
Everyone is welcomed to our service & you will find an open & friendly environment.
We are a praying congregation! Our minister will lead us in our opening prayer thanking God for all in attendance, those who are unable to attend & for God’s blessing on our assembly, etc.
The first of four hymns praising God.
The whole congregation joins together in praising God in song without the use of musical instruments (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). In case anyone is unfamiliar with one of the songs, the words are available in our songbooks. Many of our visitors choose to join us in singing, while others prefer simply to listen as we worship.
The singing is something in which every Christian can take part, and their degree of talent is totally irrelevant. Their singing is ultimately a gift of praise to God who looks on a person’s heart, not on their vocal chords. Also, a Christian’s singing emanates from the work of the Word of Christ in their life. Good Christian singing requires good Christians, not just good singers.
Items relevant to the church or our community will be announced. The congregation also has the opportunity to bring forward information the church leadership may not be aware of.
The second of four hymns praising God.
This is the time the congregation is asked if they have prayer requests. We are concerned about everyone & their needs so each member of the congregation has the opportunity to make their requests known. If you do not have a specific prayer request, no problem! We do pray for continued blessings upon each person present or not.
Prayer for All
Prayer is very important & can make things happen. Our minister will lead us in prayer for all including those who are ill or have needs. Every member will continue to pray throughout the week. We may not know the names of those we pray for, however God knows who they are!
The third of four hymns praising God.
The Lord’s Supper – Communion
Communion prayer(s) by the officiant of the Lord’s Supper.
Every Sunday, we remember Christ’s death by eating unleavened bread and drinking the fruit of the vine (Acts 20:7). We sit quietly for a few minutes and reflect on how wonderful it is that God loved us enough to give his own Son for us!
Prayer to God for his generous blessings, continued blessings, for what is given & that we are good stewards of what is given.
Each member of this congregation contributes weekly to the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:2). We do not ask or expect our visitors to give anything in the offering so don’t feel uncomfortable to pass the offering plate.
Hymn #4 – Doxology – Praise to God
The last hymn praising God for the many blessings bestowed upon us.
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;Praise Him, all creatures here below;Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. “
At this time our youth will go to their Youth Service.
We will enjoy a message that lasts about 30 minutes (Acts 2:42; Romans 10:14). On most Sundays, our minister will present the message, but occasionally a guest or other member of our church will guide us.
Call to those who want to come to Christ & be baptized.
This is the time when you can come forward to give your life to Christ. But if you uncomfortable coming forward or need to talk to the minister first you may do so after the service.
May God continue to bless you & keep you safe until we meet again!
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