Our service is best categorized as traditional (with an untraditional twist)—the pastors wear robes, the choir prepares an anthem, the hymns are traditional and found in beat up red books under the chairs in the sanctuary. We are not bound to the limits of tradition.
Our service seeks change—to challenge, comfort, equip and commission every person in the room to do Christianity. We gather to honor God, seek the Spirit’s guidance, and find the footsteps of Christ in our lives, and then we go. We are not bound to the walls of the sanctuary.
Our service is imperfect—we gather as people who are changing, growing, moving and living a life that is sometimes messy and sometimes calm, and most times in between. Folks come as they are to listen to where God is calling them. There are occasional errors in the bulletin, rabbit trails in the sermons, interesting rhythms in the music—and in this beautiful and chaotic brokenness, it is where we seek the divine. It is that which binds us together.
Explanation of Worship At Midway Hills Christian Church
We are very glad you have chosen to worship with us today. You may have questions about why and how we do things. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about our service and congregation.
Are children welcome in worship? Absolutely! Children are invited to participate in as much of the service as they like. In the back corner of the sanctuary, we have a space specifically set up for families. We also have a fully-staffed nursery, and a children’s class after the Children’s Moment in worship.
What do you mean, pass the Peace of Christ? Before we take communion, we proclaim and celebrate the fact that through Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God and one another. We do this by greeting one another with the peace of Christ — saying “The peace of Christ with you,” and responding to others who say it with, “And also with you,” — but do not be surprised if folks take a moment to practice community and conversation — we are involved with one another.
What is communion and what do I do? Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist, is a reenactment of the last gathering Jesus had with his disciples before his death and resurrection. We believe this time of remembrance and reconciliation is central to the Christian faith.
We will join together in a communion hymn, and once the story is retold at the Table, our Deacons will come to you and offer a piece of bread and a small cup of grape juice. Please eat the bread, drink the juice, and place the cup back in the tray the Deacon holds. You are encouraged to spend this time in prayer and contemplation.
Why do we sing hymns? Often people wonder why “traditional” churches have songs that are so wordy. Each hymn is written much like a poem. Some are ancient and others were written in modern times. The gift that hymns bring to worship is a language rooted in the earliest days of the Church to express our gratitude, confess our relationship with God, and uplift all of the emotions and complexities of life.