As a newly formed local congregation, our Sunday morning worship is simple. We're just a group of ordinary Christians gathered to worship, hear the Word preached, and to enjoy fellowship together. Kids are welcome in our service (we don't mind the noise!). Dress trends are generally fairly casual to business-casual, though you can find anything from jeans and shorts to suits. People are friendly, so don't be afraid to introduce yourself!
We gather every Sunday morning at the Frank Wills Memorial Hall in beautiful Cochrane, Alberta. We currently don't have a children's ministry, nursery, or Sunday School set up but hope to eventually. In the meantime, all children are welcome during the service!
Our main service formally begins at 10:00am, led by one of our pastors and typically ends around 11:30am. During this time, we sing songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, then hear God's Word preached.
We begin our main worship service with all of our deliberate attention focused upon the living God! After an opening greeting and a few announcements, one of our pastors will begin the worship service by reading from a Scripture text as a summons for us to turn our hearts Godward. This opening meditation is followed by songs and hymns of praise sung to guitar and/or piano accompaniment. Most of the songs and hymns we sing are from the Hymns of Grace hymnal - books are made available during the service.
After a few hymns, a pastor will lead us in turning our attention to a time of corporate confession and assurance of pardon. This involves reading a Scripture text, a short time of quiet confession and prayer, then another Scripture text before singing another hymn.
Then a expository message from the Scriptures is given--that is, one that aims to expose, or unpack, what the passage is saying and to present the Gospel ("good news") of salvation through Christ. We conclude the service with a final hymn and a parting benediction.
An easy transition toward informal conversation rounds out our time together with time to mingle and fellowship.
Our tradition is to "proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (1 Cor 11:23-26) by partaking in the Lord's Supper, remembering the Lord together on the first Sunday of every month at the beginning of the main service preceding the preaching of the Word. All believers who do believe and trust in Jesus Christ, partake in the Lord's Supper.
It always a joy to observe those who proclaim their union with Christ in his death and resurrection by being baptized (Romans 6:3-5). Our practice is to periodically have a "Baptism Sunday" throughout the year, where we will hear the testimonies from those being baptized during the main service and then will move outside to the church courtyard after the main service is over to observe the public profession of faith.
Daily Walk and Groups
Throughout the week we seek Christ and live obediently to him in our various callings and settings. In so doing we aim to testify concerning the rule and reign of God in this world by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are planning to start men's and a women's small group studies soon, which we expect will typically meet bi-weekly as a time of informal prayer, study, and fellowship.