What to expect
We're glad you've decided to learn more about the family at Hockinson! Our worship is a simple service that adheres to the teachings of the New Testament. Here's what you can expect at any given Sunday service at the Hockinson church of Christ:
On entering the building, you're sure to be welcomed by one or more members of the congregation. Our worship takes place in the auditorium, where you'll find rows of comfortable pews. If you need any help, one of our greeters will be glad to assist.
After a greeting is extended, we begin our worship with a prayer and a selection of hymns. The music and lyrics for each song are typically projected behind the podium to make it easy for us to sing together as a congregation. We worship using only a cappella music, encouraging one another and giving praise to our God and Savior (Eph. 5:19).
The congregation at the Hockinson church of Christ believes in the power of prayer, so we offer a number of prayers during each worship service.
We believe in the inerrancy and wholeness of the Bible, and our preaching reflects that truth. The lesson is usually given by our preacher, Jeff Carr, but we occasionally enlist the talents of other local (and not so local!) preachers. Lessons are bible-based and practical.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, also called communion, is a special part of our worship to God. We observe this memorial each Sunday as the Apostles did (Acts 20:7) to remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice.
Trays filled with unleavened bread and cups of grape juice are passed throughout the congregation. Members eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:23-25), passing the emblems down the row. This memorial is intended only for baptized believers–feel free to pass the trays if you don't wish to participate.
At the end of the worship service, an invitation to the congregation is extended. This gives those with a special need opportunity to come forward and make their need known. Our elders and minister will meet those who come forward to address the need and pray for the individual if necessary.
Responses to the invitation may include requests to be baptized, confession of sin, or placement of membership with the congregation. If one requests to be baptized, we usually sing a few songs while the individual changes into baptismal garments. We baptize by immersion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12), for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) and entrance into Christ's body/church (Gal. 3:27).
We offer Bible Classes for all ages - from two years through adult - on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. All of these classes are Bible based and their purpose is to help individuals gain a better knowledge of the Bible and its practical application to one's life.