Our Worship

OUR WORSHIP – EXPRESSIONS OF THANKSGIVING:
 
Spirit-filled worship is a special blessing that we enjoy. We believe all Christians should give God praise, bringing glory and honor to Him. In our services people often pray and thank the Lord audibly during times of corporate prayer and thanksgiving. While some pray silently and express little outward emotions, others will respond aloud with raised hands, often communication their love and affection through tears.
 
Raising hands are common in our worship, showing approval and pleasure for the things God is doing in our lives. To the believer it is an outward sign of praise and surrender to His will. These visible gestures are not for the benefit of others, but rather personal expressions of worship. Regardless of style, each sincere expression is welcome (Psalm 47:1; 134:2).
 
(Our Church and Fellowship. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2010.)
 

OUR SERVICES:  

Singing, worship, and preaching are important…but without the presence of God they are meaningless. For this reason we are committed to creating an atmosphere where the Lord’s presence is welcome and realized each time we meet. Though we schedule and plan each service, we quickly yield to any sovereign move of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to minister as needed.

SINGING AND WORSHIP Our Sunday morning service typically opens with worship. This includes singing and times of praise. Following or sometimes during the song service, the congregation will join in prayer. It is not unusual for individuals to pray aloud during these times (Psalm 30:4; 96:1-9; Ephesians 5:19,20).

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER At some point there will be corporate prayer when we pray for special individual needs within the congregation. Those who are hurting either physically or emotionally are often anointed with oil and prayer for at this time in the service (James 5:14-16).

THE MESSAGE Usually following prayer or special music is the sermon. Because the message is based on God’s Word, it speaks to people on many levels, encouraging believers and challenging the hearts of all who listen (Matthew 10:7; Mark 16:15; Acts 10:42).

A TIME OF COMMITMENT After the sermon, the pastor or speaker typically closes with an invitation for those who need forgiveness to come forward and accept Christ as Savior. Others come to pray about personal needs and concerns in their lives. Deep emotion and excitement may or may not be demonstrated at the altars, but everyone who calls on the Lord in faith receives something special (Psalm 25:16-18; 34:17-19; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 4:23).

(Our Church and Fellowship. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2010.)

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