Celebration Services MARCH 25, 2018 We sincerely appreciate guests. Come expecting a time of worship and fellowship…anticipating a message from God. Expect to be greeted by friendly people who sincerely care about you. Expect to praise and worship the Lord in a blended service with both hymns and praise music and expect to hear a message from God’s Word that is relevant to you. We pray our worship will bless and encourage you. We also hope that you will want to return. Perhaps you are not familiar with our worship. We know that the unfamiliar can be distracting and confusing. We want you to be comfortable. Our Worship in Song Everyone is encouraged to participate in the singing as we praise God and Christ. As we sing, we want our spirits to commune with God through His Spirit. We pray that you will find the music both beautiful and meaningful. Prayer and Scripture Reading Through prayer and reading the Bible, we talk to and listen to God. During worship, selected men will lead us in these activities. Most worshipers participate by simply bowing their heads during the prayer; however, you are welcome to assume whatever submissive posture you are comfortable with in prayer. You are encouraged to follow the Bible readings in your own Bible or one of the Bibles provided in the pews. (We offer free WI-FI connections so that you may use your phones for Bible references.) Sermon Our sermons focus on building a stronger spiritual life. Most Sundays our minister, Dale Harlow, delivers the sermon. Song of Meditation and Commitment At the conclusion of the sermon, we sing a song to allow for each of us to think about our relationship with God and the many ways He enriches our lives. People are invited to respond by coming to the front of the auditorium for immersion through baptism for the forgiveness of their sins, prayer, or to indicate a desire to become a member of our church family. We understand that Christ's invitation is open every day, every hour. Any time is the appropriate time for prayer or baptism. The Lord's Supper Each Sunday we remember Jesus' sacrifice and celebrate our resulting freedom from sin by participating together in the Lord's Supper, or Communion. During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread pass throughout the church family. This bread represents the "body of Christ" which the Apostle Paul teaches corresponds to the church. Participants will pick up a piece, eat it, and meditate upon their relationship with the church for which Jesus sacrificed Himself. Next, trays filled with individual cups are distributed. These cups contain grape juice that represents "the new covenant in Jesus' blood." Each participant drinks the contents of one cup, replaces the cup in the tray, and remembers the promise their commitment to Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. The Lord's Supper is offered to believers each Sunday as Jesus commanded. Weekly Contribution Each Sunday, plates are passed to collect the weekly tithe and offerings of our members which support the many ministries here at our church and elsewhere. The work of this congregation is the responsibility of its members so our guests should not feel it is necessary to contribute. If you wish further explanation about our worship or any aspect of Christian life, we would welcome an opportunity to study the Bible and share Christ with you. Ask any member to introduce you to one of our ministers or our congregational leaders. Or you may call the church office at 515-576-2096. Our mailing address is 2933 North 15th Street and emails will be answered at gro.h1521866104cruhc1521866104dleif1521866104htron1521866104@ofni1521866104.