SETTING: Our place of worship is calm, quiet and respectful. It is designed to draw worshipers closer to God and provide spiritual strength. No one is singled out for public attention. As you enter the auditorium, you will notice rows of pews. There is no reserved seating. You are welcome to sit anywhere you choose.
SINGING: One of the unique things about the church is that the music we sing is “a cappella” – meaning that we sing without the use of instrumental music. In the ex- ample of the early church, we do not add any mechanical instruments to the praises of God. The song leader will announce the number of a song in the hymnal that is located nearby. You are encouraged to join in singing praises to God (1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16).
PRAYERS: A number of men will lead one of several prayers throughout the service. Generally, people bow their heads and close their eyes. This is intended to show reverence to God. What is most important is focusing on what is said (Philippians 4:6).
COMMUNION: Jesus taught that we should observe the Lord’s Supper every week. Therefore, every Sunday we partake of the communion. We eat the broken bread and drink “the fruit of the vine” in remembrance of His death. Unleavened bread and grape juice is used during this time as we think that it was most commonly used in New Testament worship (Matthew 26:26-28).
OFFERING: If you visit on a Sunday, an offering will be taken from the members of the congregation. This contribution is over- seen by the elders and a portion is used for mission efforts (including benevolence) both locally and worldwide. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
PREACHING: At every service, you will hear a lesson based on the principles of the Bible. Our local minister, a guest speaker or one of our other members may speak to the congregation for about 25-30 minutes (Matthew 28:18-20). At the conclusion of the sermon, he will extend “God’s invitation” and encourage those who come to be baptized, ask for prayers or wish to place their membership with this church. If any- one comes forward wishing to be baptized, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 8:35-39, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12)