What to expect in our Sunday morning worship service:
If you have not worshipped with a church of Christ (or with this congregation) before, here is some information to familiarize yourself with our service.
Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the examples and teachings of the earliest Christians in the New Testament. It typically lasts from 1hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Feel free to sit anywhere, there are no reserved seats.
If you feel comfortable in doing so, please fill out a visitors’ card found in the back of the pew in front of you and drop it in the offering tray or give it to one of the members. (We use it for record keeping and to thank our visitors for coming).
You will notice that our worship in song is without instrumental accompaniment. We believe that a cappella congregational singing both enhances our personal involvement in the worship, and conforms to the New Testament example. (I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12)
(a cappella literally means “in the manner of the church”, or “as in the chapel”)
The Lord’s Supper (Communion):
Each Sunday we observe a memorial known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion. This special meal was instituted by Jesus (Mathew 26:26-28) before his death on the cross. The unleavened bread and the “fruit of the vine” symbolize the body and blood of Jesus. This memorial reminds us of the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf when he was crucified. We partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. Luke writes in Acts 20:7 that in Troas “upon the first day of the week… the disciples came together to break bread…” We reason that the “first day of the week” means the first day of every week.
The sermon is the time when a Bible-based message is shared and applied to our lives today. We hope that you will find it encouraging.
At the close of the sermon, all worshipers are invited to respond to the gospel message. A person may come and request the prayers of the church or a person or family may wish to identify with the Perkins Church. A person may also want to become a Christian. One becomes a Christian by expressing their faith through repenting of his or her sins, confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord, and being baptized. Baptism is performed through immersion in water (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12) and is for the forgiveness of one’s sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism is the means one is united with Christ (Galatians 3:27) and through which God adds a person to His church (Acts 2:41-47).
If you are interested in studying the Bible or if you have other questions please feel free to contact any of the ministers, elders or deacons (click the Contact Us tab at top for info).
At the Perkins Church, you will find people of great faith who love Jesus and the Bible and we would love for you to become a part of our family.