WHAT TO EXPECT

What you can expect while sharing a worship service with us at Liberty Hill church of Christ

Feel at home
The church of Christ at Liberty Hill is a group of friendly people who share the desire to worship “in spirit and in truth” in a simple worship service according to the New Testament church.

Dress: You’ll see a wide variety of attire at our worship services. We ask you to dress modestly but outside of that it is more important to us that you are here than what you wear. We believe that the most important clothing you wear is internal (Colossians 3:12) – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Most of the women here either will wear pants or a dress. Most of our men don’t wear suits, though some may.

Seating: There are no assigned seats. Feel free to sit anywhere you like. You will feel at ease in our services and will be our honored guest. We will ask you to fill out a card so that we can thank you for coming to be with us but there is no requirement.

Sing
We sing acapella – no choirs, no musical instruments – just pure vocals blending together in harmony, as we lift up our voices to the Lord. This is how the early church worshipped and we believe it is God’s wish for us today (Ephesians 5:19). The words to the songs are available on the screen in the front in case you are unfamiliar with the song.

Prayer
There are usually several prayers offered each service. These prayers may address specific needs of the sick and those in need or may simply request God’s blessings. This is commanded of us in 2 Timothy 2:1-2, which says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, {2} for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Preaching
You will notice that the preacher doesn’t have a title such as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as brother, mister, or, just called by his first name. He won’t be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments (special robes), which set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm that all believers are equal in God’s sight. 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 want our speakers to work hard at applying the Word to our lives today

Invitation
At the close of the preaching, the preacher will extend an invitation. This is simply a time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment or request prayer support. The preacher will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the building, while the congregation sings a song. This is not a time to feel uncomfortable; no one will be singled out in anyway. There may be several who respond, or there may be none. Some may respond for baptism. Some may confess sins. Some may ask for prayer for a specific need. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion and for the remission of sin.

Communion (The Lord’s Supper)./u>
If you visit us on a Sunday morning, you will witness us partaking of The Lord’s Supper, which we do every Sunday in accordance with Biblical teaching (Acts 20:7). This memorial meal is for the purpose of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice upon the cross. The unleavened bread symbolizes Jesus’ purity and physical suffering. The “fruit of the vine” (grape juice) symbolizes His shed blood upon the cross.

Before we partake of the Lord’s Supper various men will read a portion of Scripture to help direct our minds on the sacrifice of Jesus. We sit quietly and remember the great love shown for us on the cross while the memorial meal is passed to Christian in attendance.

Giving
Typically, following the Lord’s Supper, each member of the congregation has the opportunity to give back to the Lord to meet the needs of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). As a guest, you will not be expected to participate.

God bless and join us any time.