Our service lasts for roughly an hour from start to finish, including everything from music, to prayer time, to the actual sermon.
We begin with songs of praise, which include a mix of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns. Between songs, we greet each other.
Before the sermon begins, we share a few minutes of prayer time. Together, we lift up our praise, thanksgiving, sins, and needs before God, assured of His forgiveness and in anticipation of His answers to our prayers. Anyone in attendance can request a prayer from the larger congregation; we believe that this is essential for encouraging one another in our walk of faith.
Finally, Pastor Jennifer Swier preaches a sermon, which lasts roughly half an hour. Sermons focus on exegesis, which is an objective and unbiased way to study scripture, and involves practices like delving into the author’s original context to draw out the true meaning of a passage. Jennifer teaches with creativity, and occasionally uses physical objects as elements of her sermon. No two sermons are the same!
1 Corinthians 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.