Our times together for worship are a time of celebration for who God is and what He has done for us. We gather together to marvel at how amazing God is, to hear His Words to us, and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In doing these things we seek to magnify His worth and to be reminded to find our satisfaction and value in Christ. Worship is not just music, but happens anytime we see God for who He is. We believe when someone gets a taste of who God truly is then worship will be the supernatural by-product.
The following are various elements of our time together as a church:
Discovering God’s Word
Through the reading and study of the Word of God we get to know His character and priorities. Like all relationships, trust is built on knowledge and understanding of the person. We trust people we know to be trustworthy. We do not trust people we do not know or have shown themselves to not be trustworthy. The same dynamic is true as it relates to our Heavenly Father. Our trust (“faith”) in god grows as we see Him for who He is. Therefore, we take time to explore His Word which reveals God’s interaction with people over 1800 years.
Study of God’s Word
Paul tells Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture”. There is great value to reading and studying God’s word in a public setting under the guidance of capable teachers. We embrace this value at Grace Fellowship and our programming reflects this. Each Sunday, we set aside a period of time for Bible study for all ages in our after service Connections time. For our adults, we utilize the “master- teacher” approach. This unique format allows for a large group to be led in study by the lead teacher. Our students and children use various means all centered on the uncovering of God’s truth for our lives.
It is important for us, as we gather together, to pray for one another and for Christ’s Church. Prayer leads us to find that only in Him will we find true provision and satisfaction. We provide opportunities for prayer as a large group and always stand ready to pray over a person. Prior to our service (8:45am) we have a group of people who gather to pray for those who will be with us on that Sunday. If you have visited with us, you have been prayed for!
Worship Through Music
We worship through music by singing contemporary praise songs and choruses as well as traditional hymns — all in a modern musical style. An important part of our time together through music is not only the style of music but also the words that accompany the songs. We desire to sing songs to our God that lift up His greatness and that praise Him His mercy and grace toward us. We seek to have “vertical worship” with songs that put the Lord at the center.
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
We worship our Heavenly Father by remembering the incredible sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for His Church on the cross. There is no more solemn or sacred moment of worship than the breaking of bread and the drinking of the cup in remembrance of Christ’s atoning death and resurrection. We frequently celebrate the Lord’s Supper in order to remember what Jesus has done for us. This celebration helps us focus on the fact that our hope is not in this world, but in Christ. We are reminded that this world is not our home and that Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection from the dead guarantees us a future with Him, and we want to place that center stage and marvel at how good He is.