What to expect when worshiping with us:
Singing: We follow the New Testament command for singing. You will not find musical instruments in our worship because in Galatians 5:19, God tells us to speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We sing making melody with our hearts. In Colossians 3:16 you will find the command to let our singing be done for the purpose of admonishing and teaching. We do not sing for the purpose of sounding good or for entertainment but to follow the direct command from God to praise and give thanks to Him in our songs and for the benefit of each other.
The Lord’s Supper: We have the great privilege to honor and remember the sacrifice our Lord and Savior made for us by the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We received the command in Matthew 26:26-29, “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” from Jesus our Lord. We follow the example of when the church came together, it was on the first day of the week. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:17-33, tells them when they come together as a church they were dishonoring the Lord’s supper. We know the church met every first day of the week by the reading in 1 Cor. 16:2, “On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come” (NASB). And we also have the example in Acts 20:7, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread….” From the language Paul uses for “when you come together” he is speaking of a specific coming together (First day of the week), not just whenever they came together. Our partaking in the Lord’s Supper gives us fellowship with one another and our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:16, 17).
Giving: Another part of our worship is giving. We know that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:18). God does not want our money but giving is necessary for the work of the church. We follow the command in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come” (NASB). The collection is for the saints and there is no obligation from visitors to give. Click on this sermon outline to see in what spirit are we to give Faithful Stewardship.
Preaching: You will also hear a message from God’s Word. This gives us the opportunity to hear God speak to us through His Word. The Word og God is important, for it is our guide in how to become a Christian and how to live a faithful life (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It is also the standard by which we will be judged on the day of Judgment. (John 12:48) Therefore, it is important for us to read and study His Word so we can know what we must do in order to be pleasing in His sight. Only by studying and obeying His commands can we be saved and spend eternity with God in heaven!
Prayer: prayer is our way of speaking to God. We are told to pray without ceasing. (I Thess. 5:17) That means we need to have a prayerful attitude and speak to God often. Prayer is powerful and in James 5:17 we are told that, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” We speak to God in prayer to express our concerns, needs, desires and thanking Him for all the blessings that He has so bountifully given to us in this life and the life to come.
If you are interested in simply serving God according to His will, we believe the North Meadville church of Christ is the place for you. Our goal is to go to heaven and help as many others as we can by simply doing what God commands of us, nothing more and nothing less.