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Blue Skies

What To Expect?

Congregational Singing

Our singing is a cappella (no musical instruments) and is comprised of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We sing praises to God and sing to each other to teach and admonish one another (Eph 5:19 Col 3:16).

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Praying

We are led in public prayer by a brother. It is the avenue of worship which brings us humbly before the throne of God. There will be several prayers during our service. They may include praise to God, for the sick or in need, thanksgiving, or specific requests.

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Communion or Lord's Supper

Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper before his death (Matthew 26:26-29 Mark 14:22-24 Luke 22:17-20). Christians observe this memorial supper every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus and the grape juice symbolizes the blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Plates of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. Each participant takes a cup with a small piece of bread in it and eats it. A Small cup of grape juice is then distributed to drink. There is a place on the back of the pews to place the empty cups. This is a special time for Christians to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). If you choose not to participate, feel free to pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.

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Giving or Offering

This is collected weekly (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This is a freewill offering decided on by each individual member according to how they have prospered (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation, however, anything you wish to give is appreciated and used in the Lord's work.

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Preaching

This part of our worship provides spiritual food for the soul. God speaks to us through his written and inspired word.  Our preacher does not have a special title. He is not referred to as Pastor, Reverend or Father. He is addressed as any other brother in Christ. 

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Invitation

The invitation is extended at the close of each sermon. This is just a convenient time to invite those to make an obedient response to the gospel. This includes responding in faith (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of sins with godly sorrow (sorry your sinning hurt God) (2 Corinthians 7:10 Luke 13:3 Acts 17:30), confessing the gospel, that is, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, he died, was buried and rose from the dead  (Romans 1:16 2 Corinthians 9:13 1 Timothy 6:14 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), being baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of sins (1 Peter 3:20-21 Acts 2:38) to walk a new life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:3-4Galatians 3:27), and being added to the body of Christ, the church (Acts 2:41 Acts 2:47 Colossians 1:18 1 Corinthians 12:27 Ephesians 5:23).  This is also a time for members of the church who have grown weak and whose sins are known publicly to seek restoration (James 5:16). It is also a time when special prayers for special strength or needs can be requested. The preacher will encourage those who wish to "respond" to come to the front of the auditorium, while the congregation sings the invitation hymn. You will not be singled out in any way. There may be several who respond or even none. 

*Note the invitation is open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

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