The Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Day (which is the first day of the week Matt 28:1, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 16:1-2, Rev 1:10), is the day set aside by our Lord for the assembling of the church in his presence. There is no better place to be than to be with the church on the Lord’s Day (Psalm 84:10). It is our highest honor, as the royal priesthood, to come together to offer up spiritually acceptable sacrifices (1 Peter 2). For us, this is a day of joy, of praise, of thanksgiving of feeding on his word, of encouragement, of comfort, of upbuilding and of love. Our blessed assemblies were designed, ordained and regulated by Christ for our enjoyment and his glory.   He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love (Song of Solomon 2:4).  There should be no greater pleasure or joy, than to be with Christ and his people on the Lord’s Day.  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights (Psalm 36:8).

Meeting Together

Our whole church gathers at the following times:

Sunday

10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
11:45 a.m.  Discussion
12:45 p.m. Lunch Fellowship
2:00 p.m. Afternoon Worship

During the Week

We desire to train disciples in a manner consistent with God’s word. Any disciple in the church, who desires it, will be trained by a more mature believer. This normally occurs during the week when the church is not assembled. (See The Teacher Disciple Model in Scripture)

What to Expect at Our Services

As Christ is Lord over his church, our assemblies are regulated by the word of God. We assemble together in one place, pray, sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16), read and hear the preaching of the word, take communion, encourage, exhort and edify one another, and stir one another up to love and good works.

We believe in expositional preaching through all of the Bible, including the passages that convict us of sin or that puncture our reliance upon ourselves. Our sermons are about an hour long. Our morning service generally lasts 90 minutes. The afternoon worship includes singing, prayer and an encouraging message. The purpose of hearing the word of God is that we learn to love God and keep his commandments (Deut 4:10, Ecc 12:12-13).

We partake of the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day and serve an open table (all believers in Christ are welcome to join us in proclaiming His death until He returns). This serves to remind us, not only of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins but also that we are one body in Christ.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

Dress and Appearance

We have no dress code or standard beyond the Biblical standards of modesty. As believers, we are already clothed in the righteousness of Christ.  Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  Rather, we encourage all who attend, who are justified by faith alone, to be clothed in good works. Titus 2:14 (CHRIST) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 

Families in Our Services

As the church is one body in Christ (1 Cor 12), it is our desire and joy to remain together. We gladly welcome all people of all ages. If you would like assistance with very young children, we would be glad to help. We do not mind, and fully expect that young children will make noises and need to stretch their legs from time to time.   Children are always welcomed in our assemblies.

When the disciples tried to prevent little children from being brought into their presence, Jesus corrected them. Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 19:14)  We love children and have no desire to see them separated from the congregation or from their families.

Please note that we are not part of any movement in the church today with regards to our assemblies. We simply see no commandment, principle or example of behavior in God’s word, whereby the church would separate itself up into age-segregated groups. We believe that the practice of separating the church into various groups (while it is still present on the campus) is actually counter to the teaching of Christ and the Apostles on the oneness of the body of Christ and the necessity of fostering unity. 1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. The time for training of individual disciples is during the week when the church is not assembled.