What to Expect when you visit Friendship . . .
Feel free to sit anywhere, there are no reserved seats, and park right up front in our visitor parking. Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the examples and teachings of the earliest Christians in the New Testament.
First off, we want you to know that you will be greeted and welcomed as soon as you approach the building! Test us on that! We positively love guests. People mean the world to God and therefore to us, as we strive to be His People.
DRESS: You’ll see a wide variety of attire at our worship services. We believe that the most important clothing you wear is internal (Colossians 3:12) – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Most of the women here either will wear a dress, pants, jeans, or capris. Most of our men don’t wear suits, though a few might. We’d want you to dress modestly but outside of that it is more important to us that you are here than what you wear.
SINGING: Probably the most noticeable thing that many will see is that our worship in song is without instrumental accompaniment. Our style of singing is to praise God and edify one another through a cappella, (non-instrumental), singing (Colossians 3:16). We sing to praise God and to exhort and encourage one another. (Ephesians 5:19). And, everyone is invited to sing! God is more interested in hearing praise than the quality of your voice. While scriptually, we do not see anything spritually wrong with instrumental worship - we believe that a cappella congregational singing enhances our personal involvement in worship.
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION): You will also notice that on every Sunday we assemble to observe the Lord’s Supper, a memorial established by Jesus Himself to commemorate His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. This is an important part of our services as we worship the Lord and show our thanks to Him. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7).
During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will break off a small piece of the bread and eat it. Next, trays filled with small cups will contain “fruit of the vine,” usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups.
Baptism is an initial profession of faith, and the Lord's Table (Communion) is an ongoing, continual, and repeated renewal of faith. Therefore, we leave to each person the decision to participate in the Supper. If you choose to not participate, don’t be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.
PRAYER: We are a praying people. There will be several prayers offered in every service as we depend on and want to thank God. We offer prayers of supplication and thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1-8; Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you have a specific prayer request let us know and we will try to include it.
GIVING/OFFERING: In our Sunday assembly, our members give monetarily. This is the means by which our members make their weekly contributions in support of our ministries. Occasionally, we will also take a collection for special needs in our community or throughout the world. As our guest you are welcome but not expected to make a donation (I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:7).
INVITATION: At the close of some sermons, the preacher will “extend an invitation.” This is simply a time to invite those who are moved to do so - to make a commitment or request prayer support. The preacher will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium, while the congregation sings a hymn. This is not a time to feel uncomfortable; no one will be singled out in any way. There may be several who respond, or there may be none. Some may respond for baptism. Some may confess sins. Some may ask for prayer for a specific need. Some may want to “identify” or “place membership” with this church. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion and for the remission of sin.
We simply ask that you “Come and see.” (John 1:46). Be our guest for a few weeks – observe, ask questions, get acquainted, and prayerfully consider the things that you see and hear. We look forward to seeing you at the Friendship Church of Christ!