Sunday Morning Worship
While we appreciate all the many forms of authentic worship, our Sunday morning worship is usually pretty informal.
Our service typically follows this pattern:
Part of our service, in which we gather together in worship.
Welcome and announcements
Lighting of the Candles
Hymn of Preparation
Call to Worship
This marks the section of our service in which we seek to be open to God’s will for our lives.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
This section of our worship offers opportunities to respond to the call of God upon our hearts
Invitation to Discipleship
Tithes and Offer
- Offering Invitation – Our Worship Leader for the day says a few words about giving, inviting all present to participate in the life of the church.
- Receiving of Tithes and Offerings – Our Deacons pass plates through the congregation, giving all present the opportunity to offer prayer requests, cash, or checks.
- Doxology – We stand and sing this song every Sunday: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above the heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen”
- Offertory Prayer – Our day’s Worship Leader offers a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication for all the offerings collected.
The Lord’s Supper
We celebrate communion every Sunday.
- Invitation to Table – All present are invited to participate in communion. This invitation is usually offered by one of our Pastors, though not neccessarily.
- Words of Institution – “…This is my body…” (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
- Hymn of Communion – A song sung by the congregation, intended to focus our hearts and minds on the nature of communion and the gospel, as it is reflected in the day’s scripture reading.
- Prayer over the Elements – Both of our Elders say a prayer, asking for God’s blessing on the Bread and the Cup
- Distribution of the Elements – After the Prayer over the Bread, deacons pass trays of home baked bread and manufactured wafers through the congregation for all to take and eat as it is passed. Then, after the prayer over the cup, the deacons pass trays of small cups of grape juice, for all to take and hold. Then all drink the cup at the same time.
This marks the final section of our worship, where we transition from worship within our walls to going out as expressions of God’s love.