First of all, thank you for considering joining us for our Sunday morning worship service.
Worshipping the Lord is an important part of what we do as Christians. The Bible encourages us to “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25), so we gather at least once per week to thank and praise God for everything he has done for us.
We have a pretty casual atmosphere at Gethsemane. You shouldn’t feel like you need to dress up to come to church. Most of us come dressed casually but still nice because the way we dress shows how much we appreciate the opportunity to worship our Savior.
When you come to the door you can expect to be greeted by one of our Sunday morning helpers. They will give you a hearty "Good morning," and will hand you a service folder. That service folder will have our worship agenda printed in it.
Find a seat anywhere you like!
Worship at Gethsemane is mostly traditional in style. We are a liturgical church, which means that most Sundays worship follows the same basic pattern. On a typical Sunday you can expect:
- There will be four or five songs for the congregation to sing.
- There will be three readings from the scriptures, usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament.
- You can expect that the sermon will be based upon one of those three readings.
- The sermon always takes a truth found in the one of those Bible readings and explains how it applies to our spiritual and daily life. You can also be sure that it will point you to Jesus as your Savior. It usually lasts about 20 minutes and has one main focus point.
- At the end of the service, our usher will dismiss each row so you may have a moment to greet the Pastor before moving into the fellowship hall for refreshments.
After the sermon the ushers will gather an offering. We don’t want our guests to feel obligated to put anything in the plate as it is being handed around. The offering gathered during the service is the vast majority of the money brought in to keep sharing the gospel in Tigard.
If you have any prayer requests you will find a card at your seat that you can fill out and put into the offering plate. The pastor will refer to those cards during the prayers that follow the offering.
If you join us on either the first or the third Sunday of the month the Lord’s Supper will probably be offered.
Because reception of Holy Communion is an expression of unity and fellowship with others who receive it and the practice has the purposes of ensuring that, as far as humanly possible, those receiving the Sacrament do so to their benefit and not their harm (1 Corinthians 11:27-30), we at Gethsemane, follow the tradition of “close communion”. This means that we only invite members of the congregation to come forward and receive the sacrament. If this is something new for you, our pastor is very open to questions and will gladly explain from the Bible why we do things this way.
Visitor Cards & Guest Book
We would really appreciate it if you would fill out the guest card in your worship folder and drop it into the offering plate as it is passed or sign our guest book in the entryway at the end of the service.
Fellowship (and coffee!) Hour
If you have some time we would invite you to stay for our fellowship hour after worship. There is always coffee and some snacks and usually good conversations to be had.
Bible Class & Sunday School
After fellowship time we devote the next hour or so to studying the Bible in Bible Class. Everyone is welcome to join us. If you have small children we run a Sunday School at the same time, and we can easily accommodate your child in our class for the day.
By the end of your morning with us hopefully you can see that we are really dedicated to teaching the Bible. Every aspect of our Sunday morning revolves around teaching and learning the Bible, whether that is in the worship service, the sermon or in the Bible study that follows. We would love to have you join us as we study the Bible and learn more about our Savior, Jesus and all God has done and still does for us today.