What to expect when visiting the Greenbrier church of Christ
Thank you for choosing to be our guest. We want you to feel welcome and blessed, so let us share with you what you may expect when you honor us with your presence.
We are simply Christians who are committed to following the Bible as our only source of religious authority. Our mission is “to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). We are a diverse group of believers, from many backgrounds and at various stages of spiritual growth, who are united in our faith and love for Jesus.
When you visit for worship, here is what you may expect:
When you arrive at the door, you may expect to be warmly greeted. Special greeters will be available should you need help finding your way around our building. There is no assigned seating in our place of worship—so feel free to sit wherever you feel most comfortable. Services begin with a greeting and a few announcements. You will be invited to fill out an attendance card. Following services you may exchange it for a gift bag we have prepared for our guests. Filling out an attendance card gives us an opportunity to thank you for your visit.
One of the unique aspects of our worship is that the music is “a capella”; that is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. In singing, we praise God and encourage one another (Colossians 3:16). You are invited to participate to whatever extent you feel comfortable. We believe you will find this to be an especially meaningful part of our service. Song books are available for your use in a bookrack fastened to the back of the pew in front of you. Or, if you prefer, the words and music to the songs are shown on a screen at the front of the auditorium.
Prayer is another important aspect of our worship in as much as we believe that God’s power is available through prayer (James 5:16). Public prayers will be led at various times during our worship. Usually, our services end with a dismissal prayer
Every Sunday we participate in a communion service (Acts 20:7). This memorial service, instituted by our Lord, involves two elements: unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (Matthew 26:26-29). Following prayer and, perhaps, some brief remarks, plates with unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ. Each one participating in this memorial will break off a piece of bread and eat it.
Then, some trays containing small cups filled with grape juice will be passed around. The grape juice represents the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the contents of one cup.
You may choose not to participate. Feel free to pass on the plate or tray to the person sitting next to you. This communion service is one way we are encouraged to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Although not a part of the communion service, a collection is usually taken up at this time (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel free to simply pass the collection plate on to the next person.
The lesson, about 30 minutes in length, will be strongly centered in the Bible. Feel free to take notes so that when you get home you can refresh your memory from the word of God. Or, if you wish, we would be happy to provide an audio CD of the lesson free of charge.
At the close of the sermon, we offer an invitation to any who might be encouraged to publicly respond to the lesson by coming to the front of the auditorium while the congregation stands and sings an invitation song. Some come forward requesting prayers for spiritual strength. Others come to confess sin. Still others come to place membership—that is, to let the church know that they wish to work and worship with the congregation. Occasionally, one might respond to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). In such a case, you will witness their confession of faith and baptism into Christ.
Thanks again for choosing to be a part of our worship! We are brought together by our need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. As we gather together to draw closer to Him, we have been honored to have you with us. We trust that your time with us will be a pleasant and spiritually uplifting experience. Be assured that you are always welcome any time you choose to be with us.