About Our Worship Services

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Welcome to Family of Christ

What are our worship services like?

 

Clear and Understandable Worship:
Family of Christ main campus has 3 weekly English Services as well as a weekly Spanish service and a bi-weekly service in Tamil, an Asian Indian dialect. As Jesus, the Son of God came into this world to speak to those in a way they were most comfortable and able to understand, we believe the church should be done in a way that is understandable and clear.

The Importance of God’s Word:
4543060842_e4fdb33047_bAs Lutherans, we have always stressed a Word and Sacrament Ministry. In each service there are usually three scripture readings: an Old Testament; an Epistle reading; and a Gospel reading. We try to bring the whole picture of God as revealed in Holy Scripture. The Sermon each week is centered on one of these readings or on a combination of two or three of them. The Church is not a self help organization but a gathering of people celebrating the grace and love of God we have been given in Jesus. He is always our hope and promise of God’s grace. We know and love God because He has revealed Himself in the person of His Son Jesus. Lutherans are very Christo-centric, which means that we center our faith in the person and message and life and death of Jesus.

Communion:
Lutherans also have a Sacramental understanding of God and his grace reaching out to us each week. We have a weekly celebration of Holy Communion. In this part of the service Jesus bids us to do this to receive His grace and forgiveness in a powerful and unique way. Lutherans believe that we receive in a supernatural way the real presence of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine that we have at Communion. If you have any questions about this one of our Pastors will speak in further detail.

Music:
As God speaks to us in varied ways so we speak to God in worship in both prayer and music. Music is very different and we recognize the differing musical ways to sing God’s praises. The Psalms talk of worship with drums and cymbals and the lyre. Our Traditional services use an organ and Piano. Our Contemporary service will most often have guitars, drums and keyboards. Either way we sing and speak from our heart to the One who gives life in this world and eternal life to all who believe. We welcome you to come to any one of our worship services.

We hope you will come and worship with us this weekend.

Taste and See

psalm34_8“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
-Psalm 34:8

In this world, we rely heavily on our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Through these, we perceive and experience the world around us.

How rich are the ways in which God reaches out and blesses us through our senses. [Read more…]

Gathering Discussion: Daily Devotions

Scripture

  • Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
  • Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
  • Luke 5:15-16 “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”

Why do we do it?

  • Focus on our minds on Christ or being Christ-like
    • Transform our minds (Romans 12)
    • Sword of the Spirit
  • Communion with God
  • Ask for guidance
  • Learn about God and learn the Word of God
  • Grow in faith (faith comes from hearing)

How do we do devotions?

  • No set way
  • Prayer
  • Word
    • Topical
    • Read through a book of the Bible (a little or chapters)
    • Bible in a Year
  • Study (optional)
  • Prayer
    • Pray from heart
    • Pray pre-written prayer
    • Prayer journal
  • Individual or as a family
    • Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
    • Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

When to do devotions?

No set time, but…

  • Morning tends to be best because you are starting your day, setting the tone, focusing your mind, etc.
    • If you don’t feel like you have time in the morning, just pray, maybe while driving to work and maybe listen to the Bible on your phone. Then find time later in the day (the earlier the better) for more dedicated time.
  • Bookend your day.

Conclusion

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

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