Thank you for being with us today.  We are honored that you have decided to worship with us.  All week long we have a special speaker who will be presenting a special series of lessons on our God.  This may or may not be the 1st time you have visited with our church family here, so I thought it would be prudent to share with you some things you should expect to hear/see while worshipping with us throughout the week.
Singing: We wish to express our gratitude and love to God, so, each time we gather together we sing praises to our God.  Paul told the Colossians to “Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).”  You will notice that we have no band or musical instruments of any sort.  As per the command given in the passage above we know that God is well pleased with singing.  We don’t know if he is well pleased with the use of musical instruments, therefore we refrain from doing so lest we commit a presumptuous sin (Psa. 19:13).   
Prayer:  Paul also wrote that we are to “Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17).”  Each of us has much to pray for.  We thank God for the daily blessings he has given us.  These blessing include the physical blessings of living in the land of plenty as well as the spiritual blessings that come in Jesus Christ.  But, as we know all to well, there are times when we need our creator to intervene on our behalf.  So, while you are visiting with us you will see a people ready and willing to cast our cares upon him (I Pet. 5:7). 
The Lord’s Supper: If you are visiting with us on Sunday, you will notice that we do this every Lord’s Day, as per Paul‘s example in Acts 20:7.  We believe that communion with God not only should be taken very seriously, but should be enjoyed every opportunity we have.  Since the communion is God extending his fellowship towards us, we rejoice in knowing that we can do this every 1st day of the week.  Furthermore, according to pattern which Christ gave us in Luke 22:19-20 we are to use unleavened bread which is a memorial to his body and fruit of the vine or grape juice which is a memorial to the blood which Christ shed for our sins.  We do this in remembrance of Christ and proclaim his death until He comes (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
The Collection:  Again, if you are attending with us on Sunday, you will see the Christians of the Grinnell church of Christ lay in store as we have prospered this past week.  Paul commanded us to do so in I Corinthians 16:1-2.  The funds are collected to assist the spreading of the Gospel in our communities.  You should know that this is a commandment given to the saints of the local church.  We do not solicit funds from our visitors.  This is one of many reasons we will not take up a collection each night.  We do not want our visitors to feel obligated to give. 
Preaching/Teaching:Throughout this week you will have the opportunity to hear a lot of preaching.  While there are occasions we have special prayer meetings or special song services, this week is designed to be a special preaching meeting.  Each night this week you will be given the opportunity to hear God’s word preached.  Neither the visiting preaching, nor the local one desire to preach anything but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will not here us preaching some “church of Christ” dogma.  You will not hear us try to “convert you into our line of thinking.”  You will be given the simple gospel message.    We hope to instruct each person that worships with us what God’s will is.  The only way that can be done is with an open Bible, an open mind, and an open heart.
A Loving Attitude: Christ taught that his disciples would be identified by their love (John 13:35).  Much of what you have read thus far describes the worship service.  We believe if love is absent it does not matter what you do in the worship assembly or in life for you cannot please God. 
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing (I Corinthians 13:1-3).  Here at the Grinnell church of Christ you can expect to find a loving family; a family that reaches out to its members and those visiting with us.  4 years ago I myself moved to this community and can personally vouch for the warm embrace this church offered unto myself and my family.  Their love is genuine, true, and quite contagious. 

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