Norman Church of Christ
911 North Lahoma
Norman, OK 73069
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We hope that you will be impressed by the simplicity and sincerity of our services. The services are organized to draw us closer to God and provide an atmosphere that will allow us to worship "in spirit and in truth." Since all we do is governed by the Word of God (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), you will find us observing only those things described in the New Testament. We are dedicated to duplicating the pattern of the church found in the New Testament in everything we do. The following is a list and explanation of our congregational worship.
There are several prayers offered during the congregational worship service. A person selected to offer a prayer leads the whole congregation in prayer while we individually participate by praying in our heart to God (1 Corinthians 14:15). We thank God for His blessings, and ask Him to continue providing us with our needs. The leader of the prayer may also take special needs of the disciples before the Father.
Christians are instructed to sing and make melody in our heart to God (Ephesians 5:19). Because of this command, no musical instruments are used in our services, except the human voice (Hebrews 13:15). The songs selected will promote our worship of God and increase our appreciation of God. Some songs may be chosen for our instruction and still others for spiritual encouragement (Colossians 3:16). We encourage you to sing along with us.
The teaching service will be conducted by men speaking one at a time (1 Corinthians 14:35). The teaching will be from the Bible and designed to instruct and encourage us to have attitudes and behavior that pleases God. You are invited to follow the speaker in the Bible and take notes as he presents the lesson. We feel sure you will increase your knowledge of God's will.
The collection or contribution is taken only at the Lord's Day (Sunday) morning service (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). When the collection basket is passed, each disciple gives a portion of money in proportion to their income (2 Corinthians 8:12). As a visitor, you are not expected to contribute.
The Lord's Supper, or communion, is observed only at the Lord's Day (Sunday) morning service (Acts 20:7). It imitates the example Jesus gave the night He was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11:23). It is a joint participation of each disciple in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16). The brother waiting on the table will give thanks for the unleavened bread, break a piece from it, eat, and then pass it on to another until the whole assembly has broken from that loaf (1 Corinthians 10:17). He will then take the cup, containing the "fruit of the vine" (unleavened grape juice, not alcoholic wine), give thanks, sip, and pass the cup on to each disciple until all have drank (Mark 14:23). Communion is a congregational act portraying a congregation’s unity in Christ (1 Corinthians 10:17). It is observed by each communicant examining themselves as they "eat of that bread and drink of that cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28). This is the simple pattern enjoined upon us by Jesus and given in the New Testament. As a visitor, you will not be expected to participate.
At most services, a song of invitation will be sung. Those wishing to become a Christian are invited to step forward and let their desires be known. One who Believes in Christ (Hebrews 11:6), Repents of their sins (Luke 13:30), Confesses Christ as the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10), and is Baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) is added to the church by Christ (Acts 2:47). By virtue of this obedience one is recognized as being a Christian and a member of the body of Christ, which is the Lord's church (Ephesians 1:22-23).
This is a voluntary action of the individual. No one will pressure you to become a Christian. You must desire to become a Christian. You will never be singled out for public attention or embarrassment. One does not need, however, to respond in an assembly of the church in order to become a Christian. We would be pleased to assist you at any hour should you decide to become a Christian.
Every visitor at this place is an honored guest. You will be greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome. You are invited to join us as we try "to learn what is pleasing to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:10). If you have questions or need further information please call or email one of our teachers. ABOUT US