The Lord's Supper is at the heart of our worship each week. At the Lord's table, we remember and celebrate the saving acts and presence of Jesus Christ. Gathered around the table, we recognize our oneness in Christ. All Christians, having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, are welcome to share in this communion with us.
On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate in a contemporary style of worship. For communion, we come forward down the center aisle in a line to tear off a piece of bread and dip it in the cup. Chalice Sounds (our band) contributes to contemporary services about four times a year. On other Sundays, we celebrate in a more traditional style of worship. For communion, the congregation remains in their seats while deacons bring the communion down the aisles for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior to take a piece of bread or take the cup (and hold them). We hold each of these until the moment when we all take them together at the same time, after saying in unison "This is my body which is given for you" (for the bread) or "This is my blood of the new covenant" (for the cup)*. Our choir provides music to lift the soul.
Our congregation sings both old and new hymns. "How Great Thou Art" is one of our favorite hymns. Some of our other favorite hymns are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty," "In the Garden," "In This Very Room," "Let Us Break Bread Together," and "Sweet Hour of Prayer."
Worship begins at 11:00 each Sunday morning during the school year. During the Summer, we begin worship at 10:00. We begin with a special music piece, played to center our minds and spirits, and then the minister makes announcements, 5 minutes before the service, so everyone is seated and quiet by 10:55 a.m. (9:55 in the summer).
*We always use grape juice in lieu of actual wine.