What happens at our corporate gathering?
On Sunday mornings at 10:00am our entire church family meets together to be equipped for the work of ministry and edified toward growth in likeness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 8:28-30). We desire to see these goals realized in our lives as we pray to our Heavenly Father (1 Timothy 2:8), read the Scriptures publicly (1 Timothy 4:13), sing theologically rich psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another (Ephesians 5:18-20), preach and teach the Scriptures expositionally (Nehemiah 8:8; 2 Timothy 4:2), share fellowship at the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-34), baptize those whom the Holy Spirit has brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), and share our resources so that personal needs will be met and the Gospel advanced (2 Corinthians 9). It is our desire that the glory of God would be displayed to us as the person and work of Jesus Christ and the Gospel are made clear by the Holy Spirit as the Word of God is prayed, sung, spoken, and shown in the ordinances during our gatherings.
Even as we give ourselves to these activities in our gatherings we know that apart from the Holy Spirit we can accomplish nothing. So our prayer is that the experience of the Thessalonian church would be ours as well. “ For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,  because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.  And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,  so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.  For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.  For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1Thessalonians 1:4-10). As we gather each Sunday it is our prayer that our time together would not be merely an exercise in “checking off the boxes of spiritual duty,” but a true experience of Divine working. We desire that God would so chose to work among us that we would be transformed by His saving power so that we become imitators of Christ, believers who receive the Word with joy in spite of affliction, examples of godliness to our community, proclaimers of the true gospel, and humble people who, by the grace of God, are turning from idols to serve the living and true God and waiting expectantly for Christ’s Return.
If you and your family desire these things as well, please consider coming and being a part of our gathering! We would love to welcome you and encourage you in Christ. If it would be helpful to you, we provide nursery for children up to 4 years of age or a family room if that would better suit your needs. The parents of our church family are very eager to have their young children sitting next to them in the corporate gathering as soon as they are able so that they can watch and learn what it means to participate in this very important and exciting aspect of fellowship in the body of Christ.
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