What To Expect
Let’s face it, whenever we go some place new, we wonder what to expect and what we’re getting ourselves into. So let me share with you what you’re “getting yourself into” when you worship with us.
Our worship is fairly simple and designed to keep the focus on God. As you can imagine, every Sunday worship assembly isn’t exactly the same, but there are some common ingredients we mix in every week.
MUSIC – Singing plays a big part of our Sunday worship. One of the first things visitors notice is that we do not have a choir or musical instruments. Unaccompanied singing (acapella) often creates a unique beauty of blended voices. You can sing with us or you can sit back and listen to great melodies and lyrics written to bring us closer to God and to each other.
PREACHING – The Bible is read and taught. One of our church values in Sunday worship is the belief that God’s Word transforms lives. At every Sunday worship, you can expect a time of sharing and teaching from the Bible.
COMMUNION – Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is remembered and celebrated every Sunday at State College Church of Christ. The greatest event in history is when Jesus died, was buried for three days, and then was resurrected for our sins. Therefore, each Sunday we take Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) so we can cherish what God did through Jesus. You can expect a time during worship when we will remember this pivotal part of our salvation. During this time you will see a plate with bread (representing the body of Christ) and a plate with cups of grape juice (representing the blood of Christ shed on the cross) passed down the rows. If you feel comfortable, please join us in remembering our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His sacrifice to cover our sins.
PRAYER – We also pray. Communication is a two way street in all relationships, as it is in our relationship with God. You can expect to hear prayers offered to God every Sunday. Prayers of praise, prayers of thanks, and prayers for help.
GIVING – We give money every Sunday to share part of the resources God has given us with our church family. God blesses our lives, so we want to thank God by giving back to Him. Our guests are not expected to give…we appreciate your visit and do not want our giving to be uncomfortable.
FELLOWSHIP – And here is something else you can expect. Meeting some normal, warm, and friendly people who are probably a lot like you (i.e. we have too much to do and too little time to do it). So Sunday worship is a time for us to slow down, hang out, and realign ourselves with God and people who are trying to live for Him. You will find that many of us stay after worship to enjoy the friendships that we have built.