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              We want you to visit us at the Alhambra church of Christ & we want you to feel welcome, but we

       know that an unfamiliar place can be uncomfortable. Let us explain what you can expect when you honor

       us with a visit. We promise that we will do our best to make you feel at home and at ease. 

 

 

 

               A brief description of our congregation will help you to get to know us. Our goal is to follow the bible

        as our only guide to worship and to use the pattern given to the disciples on the day of Pentecost on how

        the Lord's church was established in the beginning. That is the plan we use to establish the Lord's church

        today. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal. We want to be a bible centered church and we try to

        be. We also know that our conclusions aren't flawless, but we do our best to worship and serve the Lord in

        the way that He wished us to. Now, let us walk you through a worship service. 

 

 

 

              Some churches of Christ meet in homes or rented facilities. However, most for the sake of convenience

       have erected a church building. You will enter what we refer to as the "auditorium", which for us is upstairs.

       There will be rows of pews for the people. There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you

       choose. The Alhambra church of Christ has been in existence for over 88 years and in that time, the

       congregation and it's leaders have worked hard to make sure that it is operated in the Lord's fashion & that

       it is an inviting and friendly place.

 

 

              In a bookrack in front of you, there will be hymn books for your use. When the song leader announces

       a number, you can turn to that number in the hymn book to find the words and music. One of the unique

       things about the churches of Christ and something you may find different, is that the music is "a cappella."

       That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. This is a conviction with us, not just a

       preference. We are seeking to worship according to the new testament pattern. Since the new testament

       leaves instrumental music out, we believe it's best to exclude it too. You may consider this point a little odd,

       but we believe you will respect our reasons and our conviction. We think you'll find the singing meaningful,

       with everyone being invited to join in. Please refer to the following scripture for you edification.

1 Corinthians 14:15 ; Ephesians 5:19 ; Colossians 3:16 ; Hebrews 2:12

 

 

 

              There will be several prayers during the service. There may be prayers for specific needs and requests.

       If you have a special need for prayer for yourself or for a loved one, feel free to raise your hand and make

       your request known. We will be happy to add your request and to help pray for your needs.

 

 

 

              If you visit us on Sundays, the Lord's supper will be included in the worship proceedings, the reason

       for this is our desire to follow new testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance

       on the 1st day of the week. It has been determined that they did it the first day of every week as a

       commemoration. During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed

       throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will break

       off a piece of the bread and eat it. Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain

       "fruit of the vine," usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the content

       of one of the cups. If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed. Feel free to pass the plate or tray

       to the person next to you.   Acts 20:7 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-2

 

 

               Also, if you visit on a Sunday morning, collection plates will be passed around for the weekly financial

       offering. As our guest, you are not expected to give an offering. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing

       the collection plate on down the row.   1 Corinthians 16:1-2

 

 

              You will notice that the preacher doesn't have a title. He won't be referred to as pastor or reverend. He

       may be addressed as brother or mister or possibly just called by his first name. He won't be wearing any

       ecclesiastical vestments that set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers.

       That all are equal. The sermon will likely be from 20 to 30 minutes. We think you will find it refreshingly

       bible centered. Matthew 23:8-12 ; Galatians 3:26-28 ; 1 Peter 2:5-9

 

 

              At the close of the sermon, the preacher will "extend an invitation." This is simply an expedient time to

       invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment or request prayer support. He will encourage

       those who wish to "respond" to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings a hymn.

       Don't feel ill at ease during this invitation. You will not be singled out in anyway. There may be several who

       respond or none. Some may respond for baptism. Some to confess sins. Some to "identify" or "place

       membership" with this congregation. If someone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during

       this service. The baptism will be by immersion and it will be for the remission of sins. For those who would

       desire a more private response or conversation, the preacher of the congregation is available following the

       conclusion of the service. Just ask anyone to point him out to you.

Acts 8:35-39 ; Romans 6:3-4 ; Colossians 2:12 ; Acts 2:38

 

 

               Nothing at all! You are welcome to participate, but don't feel obligated to. Just observe, if that is your

       choice. You may be asked to fill out a visitor’s card. This simply provides information so the church can

       write or call to thank you for your visit. Supply the information if you are comfortable doing so, but feel

       free to decline this request if you prefer.

 

 

              What kind of people can you expect to find? Pretty much the entire spectrum, as in any group. We are

       a very diverse group demographically with many different ethnic and age groups. You will find conservatives,

       liberals and a lot of people in between. We are a pretty happy bunch. There are people who are learning and

       people who are very knowledgable. You get the picture, we're a diverse group, coming from varied

       backgrounds and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. We don't know everything and we

       don't do everything right, but that's because we haven't arrived, we're just on the journey.

              You see, we were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or righteousness. We were

       brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. That's the

       reason we can worship together, stick together and with God's help, accomplish some things that make a

       difference. You won't have to look very hard to find our faults. The bottom line is, you will find people who

       love Jesus, the bible & each other. We hope you will visit us soon.

Mark 2:17; Romans 5:6-9 ; Ephesians 1:7 ; 1 John 1:7


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