There are several prayers offered during the congregational worship service. A person selected to offer a prayer leads the whole congregation in prayer while we individually participate by praying in our heart to God (1 Corinthians 14:15 "What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.") We thank God for His blessings and ask Him to continue providing us with our needs. The leader of the prayer may also take special needs of the disciples before the Father.
Christians are instructed to "sing and make melody in our heart (Ephesians 5:19), speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord") to God. Because of this no musical instruments are used in our services, except the human voice (Hebrews 13:15" Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.") The songs selected will promote our worship of God and increase our appreciation of God. Some songs may be chosen for our instruction and still others for spiritual encouragement (Colossians 3:16). "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.") We encourage you to sing along with us.
The teaching service will be conducted by men speaking one at a time (1 Corinthians 14:35 "And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.") The teaching will be from the Bible and designed to instruct and encourage us to have attitudes and behavior that pleases God. You are invited to follow the speaker in the Bible and take notes as he presents the lesson. We feel sure you will increase your knowledge of God's will.
The collection or contribution is taken only at the Lord's Day morning service (1 Corinthians 16:1-2 "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.") When the collection basket is passed, each disciple gives a portion of money in proportion to their income (2 Corinthians 8:12). "For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.") As a visitor, you will not be expected to contribute.
The Lord's Supper, or communion, is observed only at the Lord's Day morning service(Acts 20:7 "Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.") It imitates the example Jesus gave the night He was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11:23 "For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread...") It is a joint participation of each disciple in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16 "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?") The brother waiting on the table will give thanks for the unleavened bread, break a piece from it, eat, and then pass it on to another until the whole assembly has broken from that loaf (1 Corinthians 10:17 "For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.") He will then take the cup, containing the "fruit of the vine" (unleavened grape juice, not alcoholic wine), give thanks, sip, and pass the cup on to each disciple until all have drank (Mark 14:23 "Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.") Communion is a congregational act portraying a congregation's unity in Christ (1 Corinthians 10:17 "For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.") It is observed by each communicant examining themselves as they "eat of that bread and drink of that cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28 "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.") This is the simple pattern enjoined upon us by Jesus and given in the New Testament. As a visitor, you will not be expected to participate. Now that we have introduced you to the congregation's worship, perhaps you would like to know something about the people who assemble and worship this way ...