And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
As Christians, God has not only united us to Christ for our salvation but he has also joined us to one another for our mutual encouragement. The first believers did not live in isolation from one another but they met regularly for times of worship and fellowship.
The church life at Grace OPC centers upon the worship of God. Because we believe God uses worship as a means of grace to bless his people, we have both a morning and an evening worship service on Sunday, the Lord’s Day (10:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.). We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month at the morning service, and on the third Sunday at the evening service. About once a month we enjoy a fellowship meal after the morning service.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. with a time of memorizing Scripture and answers from the Westminster Shorter Catechism. At 9:45 a.m. the children and adults go to separate Sunday School classes. During this time Pastor Johnson also conducts a New Members’ Class for inquirers and those preparing for membership.
During the summer months, however, all people meet at 9:45 a.m. for a joint Sunday School class. This summer we are watching the video series Dispatches from the Front.
There are other times for fellowship, instruction, and prayer in addition to Sunday worship. There is a prayer meeting that meets about once a month in a member’s home. Every second Saturday the men’s prayer breakfast meets at 8 a.m. at the church. And the women gather for a book discussion once a month.
From time to time Pastor Johnson leads a discussion on an assigned book for any who are interested to attend. We’ve learned together as we’ve studied books on church history, counseling, theology, and other subjects.