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Our Worship Assembly

Worship in the church is directed towards God Almighty. He is the audience first and foremost. While there are facets of our worship that appeal to the church, if they do not first appeal to God it is not truly worship. God is the audience in our worship.

Prayer is an integral part of our meeting. It is when we lay our petitions, concerns, and cares before a loving Father. It is a time to express our thanks for all that God has done for us. (Philippians 4:6)

Each Lord's Day we partake of the Lord's Supper or Communion ( 1Cor 11:23-29). The Lord's Supper is a memorial instituted by Jesus on the night before His crucifixion. In it, we are reminded of Jesus' death for our sins, His burial in that borrowed tomb, and His glorious resurrection on the third day. We use the fruit of the vine (grape juice) and unleavened bread even as Jesus did when He instituted the memorial. (Matthew 26: 19-29)

We are given opportunity to support the work of the Columbus Avenue church each Lord's Day. Each member of the congregation determines what they will give according to how God has blessed them. (1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8,9)

When we meet in worship, we are encouraged with a message from God's Word. These messages are not only timely, but thought provoking and even challenging; challenging us to walk in the paths of righteousness in a world of wickedness.

Our meetings close with an invitation being extended to family and friends alike. This is a time when needs can be expressed to the church family, prayers can be offered specifically for individuals, and for those who are not yet a part of the family of God to put Christ on in baptism. (Galatians 3:26,27)

Our worship assemblies will consist songs, hymns, and spiritual songs to honor our God and our Savior as well as to encourage and uplift the church. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) Our singing is always a cappella. A cappella is a Latin term meaning in the manner of the church. It refers to music that is vocal, without any accompaniment. This was the manner of singing in the early church, and the manner prescribed in the Scriptures for the church. When God specified singing as the kind of music He wanted in the church, that eliminates any other kind of music, including accompanied singing.

In our worship, we seek to follow the pattern revealed in the New Testament for the people of God.  To speak where the bible speaks and be silent where the bible is silent.