Worship is all about each of us expressing our trust and gratitude to God. Our community is a gathering of people who believe God is at work in their lives through Jesus Christ, and for this we are thankful. We meet on Sunday mornings to thank God in multiple ways, and we find value in doing this together. Below are some frequently asked questions about our style of worship. Feel free to ask your neighbor or the pastors, as we would love to share our traditions with you.
WHY DO WE SING HYMNS?
Often people wonder why "classic" churches have songs that are so wordy. Each hymn is written much like a poem. Some are ancient and others were created just a few years ago. The gift that hymns bring to worship is a language rooted in the earliest days of the Church to express our gratitude, confess our need for God, and uplift all of the emotions and complexities of life all while doing our best to keep with modern styles of music and worship.
The "Gloria Patri" is sung each week following the Lord's Prayer. This is one of the earliest praise songs after Jesus founded His Church.The "Doxology" is sung after we collect the morning's offering. This too is an ancient song that has been sung to God by Christians for centuries.
WHY DO THE PASTORS AND CHOIR WEAR ROBES?
The robes are a reminder to the church that those who lead us in worship are supposed to point all of our attention to Christ and not to themselves. Robes are used to cover up as much of the leader, so that our attention is on what our worship leaders say and do in the name of Jesus, and not on their clothing or body. However, there is a time of the year (typically mid-June to the 1st of September) that we won't wear robes. The Texas heat is sometimes just too much. During this time of year, the Pastors will still wear what are called Stoles that signify the weight of carrying the message of the Gospel.
WHAT IS COMMUNION AND WHAT DO I DO?
Communion (the act done in community), also known as the Lord's Supper (the story) and the Eucharist (the symbols), is a reenactment of the last gathering Jesus had with his disciples before he faced the cross. We believe this time of remembrance is central for our growth in faith and for our worship experience. This symbolic meal is known as a "sacrament" which means that it was given to us by Jesus. We believe its importance and holiness is beyond measure and is central to the worship and faith of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
All are welcome and invited to share in Communion. After the Pastor and two Elders lead us in the story of Jesus at the table, the Deacons will come to you and offer a piece of bread and a small cup of grape juice. Go ahead and eat the bread, drink the juice, and place the cup back in the tray that the Deacon holds. You are encouraged to spend this time in prayer to God.
HOW LONG DO WE WORSHIP?
On average we worship just about an hour. The rest of the day is intended for you and your family to rest and have fun; this is a day of Sabbath.