The Lander church of Christ, where Christ is taught, believed, loved, and lived.
FIRST TIME VISITING THE LANDER CHURCH OF CHRIST?
YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND…
YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY VISTOR. We have numerous visitors, and we are always pleased to have you.
YOU WILL NEVER BE SINGLED OUT OR EMBARRASSED in any way. You do not have to register or sign your name to anything if you do not wish to.
CONVENIENT PARKING PLACES and reserved spaces are available for the handicapped.
You will find PLENTY OF SEATING in a spacious auditorium. There are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere. Each chair has a book rack with songs books and a Bible close by.
IF YOU VISIT US ON A SUNDAY MORNING…
Our greeters will meet you at the door when you enter and provide you with a bulletin which has brief articles as well as giving news about us. If it is your first time visiting, you will also receive a loaf of “welcome bread” or other “goodies” compliments of the T.L.C. Ministry (Tender Loving Care)
OUR WORSHIP ASSEMBLY usually lasts approximately an hour to an hour and one-half. We try to be respectful of your time.
You do not have to participate in any aspect of the worship that you do not want to. You can be a spectator if you wish.
The order in which the following activities happen may vary each week, but you will be able to follow along. Except for our minister, the men leading in worship are volunteers who are Christians and members of the congregation.
PRAYER… There will be one or more prayers during worship. The men leading them will say what’s on their hearts rather than reading from a prayer book or reciting a prescribed prayer of some kind. Everyone in the worship assembly usually quietly bows their heads while the prayer is being offered to God.
MUSIC… Several songs will be led by one or more of our men and sung by the entire congregation. You are welcome to sing. The song leader will announce the number of the song so you can find it in the song book, or the song leader may choose to project the songs.
One of the things that you will notice about the Lander church of Christ is that we do not use any musical instruments in our song service. This kind of music is called a cappella. It is meaningful and uplifting because it emphasizes the words and the beauty of the human voice.
SCRIPTURE READING… Before the Sunday morning message is given, there usually is a passage of scripture read from the Bible followed by a prayer. Occasionally you may be asked to stand out of respect for the reading of God’s word. The reader will tell you where the passage comes from in the Bible so you can follow as he reads, or it may be projected.
MESSAGE… The minister or man presenting the lesson will share a Bible lesson/message that is usually 20-30 minutes long. His message is designed to be positive and encouraging, or to emphasize or illustrate a teaching from Christ. He does not use any titles like Reverend or Pastor and prefers to be called by his first name.
COMMUNION… The Lord’s Supper is served every Sunday to everyone who wishes to partake. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) for us to remember what He did for us on the cross. After praying, men will pass plates of unleavened bread symbolizing Christ’s body. Those who wish to partake will take a piece of the unleavened bread or wafer and then pass the plate to the person sitting next to them.
Next, they will pass trays of small cups of grape juice (fruit of the vine) symbolizing Christ’s blood. You may take one, drink it, and then put it back in the tray before passing along the tray to the person sitting next to you.
GIVING… Our members give free-will offerings every Sunday to support the ministries of our church. Guests are not expected to give unless they wish to. Usually, the contribution plates are passed immediately after Communion.
INVITATION… At the end of the message, the minister or man giving the lesson may encourage anyone who is not a Christian to become one. He may also ask if there are any other needs or prayer requests that need to be addressed.
The closing song is sung while the congregation stands to provide an opportunity for individuals to respond to the message or to ask for prayers.
OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDY THE BIBLE…
On Sunday mornings, before our worship assembly, we have Bible classes for all ages. They last approximately 45 minutes.
On Sunday evenings we may be having a lesson, a Bible study, or simply learning new songs. You are encouraged to call beforehand to make sure we are meeting, as sometimes we forgo meeting during the winter months because of the weather.
IF YOU VISIT US WHEN WE ARE MEETING ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING…
More than likely, there will be a Bible study or a video lesson occurring in the auditorium for everyone. If there are children attending, a class is usually can be provided for them.
LIFE GROUPS…On occasion we may focus on a more personal fellowship. There may be small groups that meet in homes throughout the city instead of at the church building. In these small groups you will find an in-depth Bible discussion, prayer, and fellowshipping occurring.
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