What to Expect
What to Expect in Our Worship
If you have not worshipped with a Church of Christ before, or with the University Church of Christ in particular, here is some information to familiarize you with our Sunday worship service.
You will notice that our worship in song is without instrumental accompaniment. We believe that a cappella congregational singing both enhances our personal involvement in the worship, and conforms to the New Testament example (a cappella literally means “in the manner of the church,” or “as in the chapel”).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. Jesus established the practice of sharing the bread and the cup so Christians might weekly remember the sacrifice of his body and blood to make a new covenant with God possible for us. We leave to each person the decision to participate in the Supper.
Typically following the Lord’s Supper, we provide an opportunity to make an offering. 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 to but not expected to make a donation.
The sermon is the time when the “good news” of God’s love and Jesus’ redemptive life is proclaimed and applied to our lives today. We hope you will find it encouraging, relevant and Bible-based. At the close of most sermons, we identify one of the elders of our church to be available to respond to anyone’s personal needs—a prayer concern, the desire to be baptized, an intention to recommit one’s life to the Lord, or other spiritual needs.
Leadership of the Service
Leadership in worship is not limited to those formally recognized as ministers and elders. You will see Christian men and women from various walks of life taking active roles such as reading Scripture, serving communion, and participating in prayers. We are concerned to include all members in our worship in ways that are biblical, orderly and meaningful.
A few snapshots from our August 21st service and fellowship.