September-April: Sunday Morning Service: 8:00 and 10:30 am
June-August: Sunday Morning Service: 9:00 am & Thursday Night Service at 7:00 pm
Sunday School: 9:15-10:15am
Five Benefits of Attending Church Regularly
Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).” We have the opportunity each week to confess all the sins that weigh heavy on our hearts. God hears that confession and gladly forgives us for Jesus’ sake. To reassure us that Christ has carried our burdens at the cross, the pastor publicly announces the Lord’s absolution for us to hear.
Growing in Faith
We are told in Romans 10:17 that, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Our faith in Jesus grows when we hear the Scriptures read, the hymns and liturgy sung, and the Gospel preached. The entire worship service is saturated with God’s Word so that our faith may be fortified. If we stay away from the Word, our faith weakens. But when we gladly hear and learn it, we are better prepared to face the challenges of the coming week.
Communing with God and One Another
Holy Communion is the precious gift of Christ’s real presence. Paul writes, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread (1 Cor. 10:16-17).” Through this sacred meal we connect with God and with each other in a most holy way. In fact, we are united with the whole company of heaven, with angels and archangels, each time we kneel at the Lord’s Table!
Receiving and Giving Encouragement
Our presence in worship encourages each other. When children see their fathers pray in the pew, they pray. When children hear their mothers sing, they sing. Young believers need older believers as mentors for Christian living. When elderly members see little ones in worship it reassures them that the Lord still has plans for their beloved congregation. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Celebrating and Suffering Together as a Family
In worship, we come together as the family of God. We celebrate baptisms, birthdays, confirmations, anniversaries, and other happy occasions together. We also bear each other’s burdens. When our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer illness and misfortune, or face troubles we pray for them. When they are called away from us into heaven, we weep together at their funeral services. Yet, we weep with hope in our risen Lord. Paul writes, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together (1 Cor. 12:26).”