Thanks for visiting us at the Emporia Avenue Church of
Christ. We want you to feel comfortable, so let us tell
you what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.
background may help you understand us. Our goal is
to restore the new Testament church in our time. We
attempt to determine from the Bible what the church was
like in the beginning and to be like that original church
as much as possible. We believe this is a worthy goal.
We strive to be a non-denominational, Bible centered
church. We know our conclusions aren't flawless, and our
practices are sometimes colored by habit, preference,
tradition or convenience. Even so, we hold the Bible as
our only guide in religious matters. Now, let us walk you
through a typical worship service.
If you have visited another Church of Christ, you may have
noticed some variations because every Church of Christ is
autonomous (self-ruled, independent). We are not
associated with any denomination or organized religious
are open at 1144 S. Emporia, which is at the comer of
Lincoln and Emporia. You will enter what we refer to as
the "auditorium" where you will find rows of pews for the
worshipers. There are no reserved seats, feel free to sit
anywhere you chose.
the bookrack in front of you, there will be a songbook for
your use. When the song number is displayed at the front
of the auditorium you can turn to that number in the
songbook to find the words and music.
One of the unique things about Emporia Avenue is that the
music is "a cappella;" that is, we sing without the
accompaniment of musical instruments.
We simply want to worship God in the purest way possible,
and since the New Testament leaves out the use of
instrumental music, we believe it is best to exclude it
We hope you will find the singing meaningful, with
everyone being invited to participate.
prayers are a large part of our gatherings. We believe in
the power of prayer. We often pray for specific needs and
message each Sunday will be directly from God's Word.
Biblical principles are taught through topical or
textual sermons. The aim of our minister is to lead the
congregation through a study which will be beneficial,
enlightening and faith building. Typically, the lesson
delivered will be 25-35 minutes in length, and will be
delivered by our minister.
worshipers to make a commitment for Jesus will be a part
of the sermon. At the close of the lesson, the speaker will
"extend an invitation" He will encourage those who wish to
"respond" to come to the front of the auditorium while the
congregations sings. Don't feel ill at ease during this
invitation, you will not be singled out in any way.
There may be several who respond, or none. Some may
respond for baptism. Some respond to confess sins, or to
ask for prayers for a specific needs. Others will come to
ask to "identify" with this congregation.
If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the
baptism during this service. The baptism will be by
immersion for the forgiveness of sins.
The Lord's Supper
Lord's Supper will be included in the worship service
because we observe this memorial every Sunday morning. The
reason for this is our desire to follow the New Testament
teaching. The first-century church celebrated this
observance on he first day of the weeks. We assume from
this that they did it the first day of every week, and we
know from respected historians that in early centuries the
Lord's Supper was an every Sunday communion.
During this memorial, plates containing pieces of
unleavened bread will be passed throughout the
congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus.
Each participating person will break off a piece of, bread
and eat it. Next, trays filled with cups will be
distributed. The cups contain "fruit of the vine",
usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Each
participant will drink the contents of one cup.
If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed.
Feel free to pass the plate or tray to the person next to
you. This Supper is the original way of remembering the
sacrifices Jesus has made on our behalf.
many times will you be asked for money? None. Plates will
be passed to collect the weekly financial offerings from
our members. As
our guest, you are not expected to make a donation.
Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection
plate on down the row.
What will be expected of you...
nothing at all! You are welcome to participate. But don't
feel obligated to. Just observe if that is your choice.
You may have been asked to fill out a guest card when you
arrived, if you haven't filled one out they are available
in the rack in front of you. This card simply provides
information so that we can write or call to thank you for
Supply the information only if you are comfortable doing
what kind of people can you expect to find? Pretty
much the entire spectrum; as in any group, we are diverse,
coming from varied backgrounds and at different stages of
knowledge and spiritual growth. We don't know
everything, but we are learning. We don't do
everything right, but we are improving. We don't
always treat each other as we should. We haven't arrived;
we're on the journey. But you see, we were not
brought together by any illusion of our perfection or
personal righteousness. We were brought together by
our recognition that we are sinners in need of the
cleansing blood of Jesus.
We were brought together by a common goal. We want to be
God's people, organized and worshipping according to God's
plan. We want to be Christ's church. That's the reason we
can worship together, stick together, and, with God's
help, accomplish some things that make a difference.
Bottom line, you will find people who love Jesus and love
the Bible. We would love for you to join us in our pursuit
of Him and His Word this Sunday morning. Would you please
1. I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians
3:16; Hebrews 2:12
2. Matthew 23:,8-12; Galatians 3:26-28; I Peter 2:5-9
3. Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12
4. Acts 2:38
5. Acts 20:7
6. Neander, Eusebius
7. I Corinthians 11 :23-25
8. I Corinthians 16:1-2
9. Mark 2: 17; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 1 :7; I John 1:7
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