What to Expect When You Visit St. Andrews Road Church of Christ on Sunday
We would love to have you visit with us when the church meets for Bible study and for worship. If you visit us during one of our worship assemblies on Sunday, you can expect a warm greeting. Additionally, one of our greeters will give you our weekly bulletin. There is some information about events, those on our sick list, an article from our minister, and our Sunday morning sermon outlines so that you may follow along.
In worship, you can expect things to be done “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). The pattern followed in worship is the same pattern for worship in the New Testament (To read more about this pattern, you can click here). The following will take place as we enter into and participate in worship:
1. There will be announcements and a prayer offered by one of our elders or men in the congregation to lead us into the worship service (1 Timothy 2:8).
2. A man will lead the congregation in congregational singing of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). There will be no instrumental music in worship since the Bible does not authorize the church to use instrumental music (for more information on this you can click here).
3. A scripture reading from that sermon will then be read by a man from an accurate translation of the scriptures (Such as the King James Version, New King James Version, American Standard Version 1901, or New American Standard Version).
4. An opportunity to give will then be presented to follow both the command and example to give on the first day of the week (Luke 6:38; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Some men will come forward to lead the congregation in this collection. Those who are visiting are not expected to give as we understand their need to give at their home congregation. To read more about giving, please click here.
5. Following this collection, there will be an opportunity to partake of the Lord’s Supper to follow both the command and example to do so every first day of the week (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 20:7). The same men who led in the collection will also lead in distributing the Lord’s Supper. To read more about the Lord’s Supper please click here.
6. After the Lord’s Supper, there will be a sermon from God’s Word to follow the command and example of preaching the word of God (2 Timothy 4:2). For more information on preaching click here.
7. After the sermon, the Lord’s invitation is offered (Matthew 11:28) and those wishing to respond to his invitation will have an opportunity to do so while a song is being sung by the congregation.
8. After the invitation, a man will come forward to close the worship service in prayer.
This briefly sums up what one can expect when visiting us when we meet to worship God on the first day of the week. If you have any other questions about our worship, please click here.