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Worship occurs whenever we gather to share our lives, break bread, and pray for each other.
Worship opens with piano music, setting our minds and spirits in a mood to worship and preparation. The worship leader calls us to unite our thoughts in a responsive reading and then we stand as the Light of Christ is brought into the sanctuary. As soon as the candles are lit, symbolizing the presence of God and the Spirit, we open our hearts in prayer to receive this worship.
Following the prayers, we are invited into the Story of God through the reading of scripture, the children's sermon, and the message. The choir even helps to plant a song in our hearts and an image in our heads to receive the message. Pastor Brian comes down from the pulpit to preach and looks everyone in the eye as the message is delivered. this connection helps us interact during the message. You never know when Pastor Brian is going to ask for responses to the message, inviting us farther into the Story.
In response to the message, the congregation is invited to receive anyone desiring to come forward to receive a blessing, to join our congregation, or to make a proclamation of faith. We also then come together and share our joys and concerns as we lift them before the Lord. This time also prepares us for coming to the Lord's Table and receiving God's Love.
The Lord's Table is the heart of the worship experience. For Disciples, communion is celebrated whenever we gather in Christ's name, so you might have experienced outside of the worship setting at some time if a Disciple member led. We believe Christ is the host of this Table, not us; therefore, we believe Christ desires all to come forward to receive the bread and the cup, in remembrance of his death and resurrection. The Table unites our congregation, breaks down the barriers that separate us, and gives us a glimpse of the Feast to come. However, you approach this time, you are welcome!
Following a prayer of Thanksgiving, we are called to participate in the Mission of Christ. A few words are shared about the ministries and missions that are taking place in our town, county, and state. We share the news of what is coming up or ask for volunteers to serve where needed. Whatever it is, God wants us to follow our servant hearts to serve in love and grace. For we know, worship is only the reminder to go and serve!
Wednesday night worship, a.k.a "Spiritual Disciplines," is a unique worship experience. If you want something other than the "traditional" worship service, try this out. Depending on the needs of the group, we take a few days off, or we gather at other locations. See the church calendar for time changes or place changes.
As people gather in an open circle, we ask about each other's week and check in with the busyness of life. We share laughter, tears, compliments, struggles with each other. After a little while, the leader begins to bring the conversations into focus about what we will discuss during our time together. We then open with a prayer or meditation and calm our minds and bodies.
We've chosen to find study series to focus our discussions and pursue our spiritual questions and curiosities (see the Home page for current studies). Just before the study video is shown, a music video is presented, usually dealing with the same theme as the message, and we are invited to sing along or reflect on what they see and hear. Once both videos are played, the leader opens the group up to observations and begins to facilitate the discussion. Everyone, regardless of age, creed, etc., is invited to discuss as they feel comfortable. Most of the time we stay on track, other times, we go off on tangents following the spirit of the conversation. We encourage each other to present things as "I" statements, allowing others to freely speak their hearts and minds. Through this experience, we hear God speak to us, through each other. This time may be challenging for those used to worshipping in an ordered way.
In typical fashion, Disciples break bread together and remember. Unlike the Sunday morning worship liturgy, communion is an invitation into the message we just received through our conversation. We silently eat, pray, and then are dismissed for the evening.
There is easy access to the sanctuary from the street, including wheelchair accessible ramps.
Headsets for the hearing impaired are available.
Child care for infants through age 6 is available during worship services.
First Christian Church(Disciples of Christ)302 NW 6th StreetMineral Wells, Texas 76067phone: 940-325-4277