What to Expect
What can you expect when you come to a Sunday Morning Worship Gathering?
As you enter the front doors, you will be greeted by friendly people welcoming you to church. Be sure to let them know it's your first visit at Bethany. Someone will help you find whatever you need; restrooms, nursery care, or your way to the worship gathering. Our Sunday Morning Worship gathering begins at 9:30 am. The Worship time generally consists of music, prayer, preaching, and a time to respond to what we heard.
The music is usually interactive. In other words, everyone is invited to sing along together. The words are shown on a screen up front. You don't have to sing out loud if you don't want to, but sometimes it's just fun to participate. The style of the songs we sing together will probably remind you of something you would hear on an adult contemporary radio station. The lyrics might be a contemporary expression of praise to God, a centuries old song of the church, or from ancient writings about God. Sometimes the music is presented from performers on the platform for you to enjoy and to think about God. We hope you will sense God's presence as we worship together.
Our prayer times vary in style and purpose. We always pray to communicate with God, but sometimes we are seeking to hear form Him in a variety of ways, sometimes we are bringing requests to Him, and sometimes we are responding to what He is already showing us. Sometimes the prayer time is silent for each participant to reflect on their own. Often someone will lead as the rest of us follow along in our hearts and minds. Sometimes people sit, stand, kneel or whatever they feel best helps them to experience God. We like there to be a real freedom while maintaining a sense of order.
Each week someone will teach from God's Word. We try to think about how God's Word applies to our lives. Sometimes we watch video, look at pictures, use interactive exercises, or have people share their own story about how God is real to them. The main emphasis is on how we respond to God's Word. Sometimes we respond in a time of prayer, with a song, or by participating in communion.
Make no mistake, our Worship gatherings are all about Christ and focused on Him. But we hope no matter where you are in relationship to Jesus, you'll come and enjoy experiencing God's presence with us. We have a saying at Bethany, "The first time you come, you're our guest, the second time, you're family!" We hope you connect both to God through Worship and to others as you meet us here each week.
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