Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The order of service

Our church bulletins for Sunday morning aren't too fancy. An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper, folded in half. On the front I put "What To Expect Today." Below is what has been underneath of that for the last month or so. We won't be doing it like this the next few weeks because we're doing other stuff, and I haven't decided yet whether to go back to this, back to what it was before, or what. I have no idea if people have liked it or not. It's hard to get feedback. Though several people have said they like how you go up and get your own communion stuff and take it in your own way. We've had communion for six Sundays in a row. I think that's a record for us. Anyway, this is what it has been for June and so far in July:

Gathering Together –

Announcements, Scripture Readings, and a song or two to get us focused.

Praying Together –

When we combine our hearts and minds as a group and call on God to be present in us, among us, and through us.

Learning Together –

A message from the Bible, or about the Bible, to guide us and teach us in the ways of Jesus.

Giving & Receiving Together –

Those who are followers of Christ may bring their tithes & offerings and place them in the plate (it is not necessary for visitors or unbelievers to give), and all who desire may take the communion elements and return to your seat to receive the bread and the cup. We will also give praise to God in song and prayer during this time.