What is your worship music like?
• Our worship is a reverent blending of Psalms, older hymns and contemporary hymns and praise songs. We intentionally seek to be broad in our makeup out of a conviction that the Church has been blessed with worthy worship music throughout the ages and it is unhealthy to gravitate to an exclusive approach that neglects the rich vastness afforded us.
Do you clap or lift up hands during your worship?
• Clapping, lifting up hands, and other physical expressions are encouraged when appropriate to the tone and content of the respective song. For example, clapping to a song like “Amazing Grace” would probably not make much sense. You will find varied responses from people during worship. We don’t seek to conjure up emotions, nor do we discourage genuine heart-felt physical expressions during worship.
Do you pray for the sick
• Elders are available after every worship service to pray for whatever needs may concern the person seeking prayer.
How long is the worship service?
• We begin at 10:45am and usually end at about 12:10pm.
What is your liturgy or order of worship like?
• Our typical order of worship consists of: § Opening song of worship, Greetings and announcements from an elder, Prayer for God’s blessing upon our gathering, 3 consecutive worship songs, Responsive reading of Scripture, Pastoral prayer for congregation, Receiving of Offering, Song of Preparation, Prayer for God’s Blessing upon the preaching of His Word, Reading of the Scripture, Sermon, Song of Response, Benediction (parting blessing), Singing of Doxology
How often to you partake of the Lord’s Supper (Communion)?
•We usually partake of communion on the 1st Lord’s Day of the month.
Who can receive communion?
• The Lord’s Supper is given by Jesus Himself to all who trust in Him for the forgiveness of sins and participates in the New Covenant that his body and blood symbolize. In order to protect the integrity of the Body of Christ (Church), only those who are actual members of the physical Church should participate in Communion. There are certain circumstances where one may be visiting our Church while traveling, or attend our Church for a prolonged period seeking whether it is God’s will that they join our Church, or someone may come to faith in Christ during the actual worship service…in all such circumstances, the Lord’s Table is open to them. In the case of conversion, we would follow-up with such an individual and encourage them to make public their faith through baptism and become part of the local family of believers. In the case of prolonged attendance from a non-member, we would eventually encourage them to publicly make known their intent to join the local Church and thus show themselves to belong to the Body of Christ which Communion partly symbolizes.
Who can be baptized?
• Anyone that is a professing believer in Christ. This would include children as well, so long as they profess faith in Christ in a manner that appropriately reflects their age.
How do you baptize?
• The preferred mode of baptism is by full submersion into the water in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Under special circumstances, we will baptize with sprinkling or pouring as an acceptable mode.
How old are the members of your Church?
• Our Church has a very balanced age group that worships together and what a joy it is. While many Churches today try to minister exclusively to one age group over another, we have been blessed to have believers of a vast age group worship together.
I see that you are a non-denominational Church, but what type of Church are you similar to?
• Our Church seeks to be thoroughly Christ-centered and Biblically grounded in all things. We do however share some distinctions that make us slightly differeant and unique from other Churches in the community. Please visit the “About Us” link to read our statement of faith. Though we have certain distinctions, we don’t seek to be sectarian and divisive about what makes us different than other Churches. We adopt the age old slogan of St. Augustine, who said: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity”.
What is the preaching like?
• Pastor Rick usually preaches through a book of the Bible in an “expositional” fashion, meaning that he covers the full text of Scripture in a verse by verse fashion. He will often preach a “Topical” series of sermons after a book of the Bible has been concluded and then alternate back and forth accordingly. Each sermon aims to center on Christ and honor Him according to the way Christ Himself taught the Scriptures:
• § Luke 24:44-45 (ESV) 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures