We want to invite you to join us for our worship services any chance that you get. We believe that our assemblies are a blessing not only because we can worship the Lord together, but also because we are family through Jesus Christ. We love the opportunity to share the comfort and joys of the Lordís family with each other and with everyone who walks through our doors. Please bring the family and join us as we fellowship and worship God.
Above all things, in the public assemblies of the North Ark Church of Christ our number one goal is to worship God in both spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:24). We pray that you find this to be the case and would like to share a brief description of things that we do during those assemblies, so that you will have an idea of what to expect when you join us.
We love to sing! We hope that you will enjoy the beautiful A cappella singing of the congregation. Join in and sing along with us or simply reflect on the spiritual teachings of the songs; no one is singled out to sing alone or left out. The songs in the assembly are designed to both praise God and be uplifting to each other.
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
"What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?"
-- Teaching --
Something that you may find to be unique about the public teaching is the variety of teachers that we have. One of the greatest assets that we have inside The Church is that we as members help to teach and encourage each other. It is with this concept in mind that our preaching is done by numerous men from the congregation. While we do have multiple men bring different styles, experiences and subjects to the table, we all teach in unity with each other, striving to present the same unchanged Word of God. All of our teaching is done in a loving manner, which is designed to edify all who are present at the assembly.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
We partake in the Lordís Supper every first day of the week. This memorial of death of Christ consists of us partaking communally in unleavened bread (representing the broken body of the savior) and fruit of the vine (representing the shed blood of the savior). We offer this communion to everyone present at the assembly, if you do not wish to partake, then you may simply pass the trays to the next person.
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Prayer is an ever important part of our daily walk with God. Itís the way that we talk with our Lord; asking for needs and thanking Him for all that He has done. Prayer has the ability to teach and comfort when done in the way the Lord has instructed us. Our public prayers together in the assembly may not be ďthe most profound and elegant orationĒ that you will ever hear, but they will be with heartfelt love and thought provoking. As the leader of the prayer vocalizes his thoughts to God, we all may listen in unity with him and reflect on the substance of its content.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Each Sunday during the assembly we pass a plate through the crowd to collect a money offering. This is not a solicitation of our visitorís funds, but an opportunity for our members to contribute towards the various evangelistic efforts that we make, both here in the States and overseas. While you are free to contribute if you desire to, do not feel obligated in the least to do so. We do not tithe or set a requirement on individuals giving, but rather give of our own free will what we individually feel is appropriate. God has given us so much freely and it is that same spirit in which He wishes us to give.
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.