The weekly bulletin provides several pieces of information.
First, it lays out the what you can expect to find when you attend a worship service at Community. The pastor and congregation "walk" together through some very significant steps. Responding to God's call for us to worship Him, we open in praising Him and then acknowledge that we've messed things up in the past week and need to confess those shortcomings. These sins have harmed our relationships with God, each other and our community.
We then turn to the Bible, to read God's word to us. We need to examine and reflect upon what He is telling us--not only about ourselves but, more importantly, about Him. The sermon is the result of the pastor's encounter with God's word. This encounter involves many things: study, prayer, reflection, conversations with the other pastors and members of the congregation. In some mysterious way, God's Spirit brings all of these things together and the congregation is instructed and blessed by a deeper understanding and experience of God, His word and His world.
The final part of the worship service takes us from listening to responding to God's gospel ("gospel" means "good news," which a sermon always is). Here you will sing, have the opportunity to give an offering (a financial gift), and listen as our prayers are spoken to God. Finally, the pastor will offer a benediction (a blessing to the congregation).
As you'll see in reading the weekly bulletin there are frequent additions to Community's worship services (e.g., baptisms, Lord's Supper). These will be explained in the bulletin or by the pastor. A lot of other information appears in each bulletin as well.
July 15, 2018
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