WHEN YOU ARRIVE
When you first walk into our facility you’ll be greeted by one or more of our friendly ushers. These men can help you find a Bible class for you and your children, our main auditorium, nursery, or restrooms. Feel free to pick up a copy of our church bulletin, The Reminder, which you’ll find in racks as you enter the auditorium.
Regarding our worship assemblies, Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Worship assemblies in some churches today consist of elaborate and confusing rituals. In other churches one might mistake the worship for a rock concert. At Graeber Road we desire to follow the simple, meaningful, and spiritual pattern of worship revealed in the New Testament. When we assemble on Sundays you can expect the following:
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Our brothers and sisters in the church of the New Testament observed the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) to commemorate the death of Christ. We follow their Divinely guided example. This memorial observance consists of eating unleavened bread and drinking grape juice (called “fruit of the vine” in Matt. 26:29). These were the emblems Jesus used when he established this practice (Matthew 26:26-29). Observing this memorial follows the teaching of the Lord, the teaching of His apostles, and the example of the New Testament church (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Paul instructed Christians to sing songs of praise and exhortation in worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). You will quickly notice that we sing without any instrumental accompaniment. In the above passages the instruments we are called upon to use are the human voice and the heart. You’ll notice that nothing is said in those verses about playing, only singing. We desire to do only what the Bible authorizes, so we sing – no more, no less.
At various times during worship men will direct the thoughts of the congregation in prayer to God through Jesus Christ (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
In order to encourage, inform, build faith, and rebuke if necessary, time will be spent in the presentation of simple and understandable studies from God’s word (1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthians 1:18-21).
Our guests are not expected to contribute money. Please feel perfectly free just to pass the collection plate to your neighbor. This time is set aside for the members of the Graeber Road church to give money that will enable us to carry out the church’s work (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
These are the things you will observe in a typical Sunday assembly of the Graeber Road Church of Christ. These are expressions of worship that you can read about in the New Testament. Our desire is not to add or take from God’s word (Revelation 22:18-19), but to do only that for which we have Divine permission.
Once our assembly is dismissed you’ll find that many of our members like to linger in the building to visit and enjoy each other’s company. We want you to feel free to stay, too. You will find our elders and at least one of our preachers near the auditorium exits to greet you on your way out. If you have questions about anything you see or hear, please ask. We hope that you’ll come back and visit with us again.