A Worship Encounter
at Dewart Lake Community Friends Church

We believe worship really should be a conversation.... A conversation with the Living God! It is so much more than just songs and a sermon. God invites us to come to Him, no matter how old, young, or whatever we have done in life.  We gather to worship. To lift our praises to Him, and to hear Him speak Through His Word, prayer, and by the power of His Holy Spirit.  We worship as the people of God. We put personal preferences aside to worship and help others worship in a variety of ways and styles, and with our whole hearts!

On this page you will see some of what we do in worship, but it is impossible to adequately convey what we experience in worship. Our hope is that you will sense the very Presence of God and your encounter with Him will transform your life!

Visit our worship services and you will notice that our worship style is quite relaxed, dress is informal, and we do not use a lot of ritual. A typical worship experience at Dewart Lake Community Friends Church will include the following:

Worship in Song: The Bible gives many examples of worship with music. We follow the instruction of Ephesians 5:19-20: “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our music typically includes both contemporary choruses and time-tested hymns of worship. We are also often blessed by the music ministry of individuals or groups who use their talent in praise to the Lord.

Encourging Children to Worship: Children are not the church of tomorrow; they are a vital part of the church of today! With this in mind we make special effort to include them in our services. A typical service will include a story or object lesson geared for children but applicable to all (a "children's moment"). Children are involved in sung worship, collecting the offering, helping the greeters, reading Scripture.... and you will find our youth running the sound, leading the singing, teaching younger kids... fully involved in worship. Rather than a nursery, we offer Jesus centered ministry to little children, including a special worship time for preschool and younger halfway through the service.

Worship by Giving: The Bible says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). While giving is an important spiritual discipline, it is not to be under pressure, but between the giver and God. Opportunity to give is a part of our worship, and we encourage tithing as a part of God’s plan for good stewardship.  We also give of our time and talents by participating in the worship service, serving others, and helping one another to worship.

Open Worship: God speaks through His people (see 1 Corinthians 14:26), so we give opportunity for the Lord to work by setting aside time for quiet meditation and sharing as the Holy Spirit leads. This is a time of communion with God unhindered by human words and activity. Sometimes Open Worship is quiet, with a holy hush falling over those gathered for worship. Often people are led to speak, sharing lessons God has taught them, meaningful scriptures, songs of praise, testimonies of God at work and prayer concerns. On occasion the Spirit moves so powerfully and clearly that we lay aside the planned order of worship and follow where He leads!

Worship through the Word: We believe the Word of God is to be preached and taught in order to bring people to spiritual maturity. The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Biblical preaching nurtures us spiritually and helps us apply spiritual truth to daily living.

Worship in Prayer: Every service will include times of connecting with God through prayer. There may be prayers offering thanks to God or petitioning Him for help. Prayers may be vocal or quietly spoken from the heart. On occasion we are led to intercede with the laying on of hands or use of anointing oil in prayer for healing (see James 5:13-16). This is a powerful expression of support and care for the hurting individual. At times the pastors may invite people to come forward for personal prayer ministry. Care is taken not to cause people to be uneasy or embarrassed.

Fellowship: Before and after the worship service is a great time to enjoy Christian fellowship. Coffee is provided in the lobby, and once a month donuts are provided, with opportunity to give a donation for missions. We also enjoy occasional carry-in meals together, as well as special events and parties.

The hope and goal of our times of worship is to draw near to God so that He is glorified and we are transformed. We come to meet with God as His people!


Upcoming Days...
Sunday, December 17
10:00 a.m. Worship
Boat In on Dewart Lake 8.30 Sundays
Tuesday, December 19
6:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, December 20
2 p.m. Women's Bible Study
7 p.m. Prayer Meeting
Sunday, December 24
10:00 a.m. Worship
Boat In on Dewart Lake 8.30 Sundays
Tuesday, December 26
6:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, December 27
2 p.m. Women's Bible Study
7 p.m. Prayer Meeting
Sunday, December 31
10:00 a.m. Worship
Boat In on Dewart Lake 8.30 Sundays
Tuesday, January 2
6:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, January 3
2 p.m. Women's Bible Study
7 p.m. Prayer Meeting
Sunday, January 7
10:00 a.m. Worship
Boat In on Dewart Lake 8.30 Sundays
Tuesday, January 9
6:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, January 10
2 p.m. Women's Bible Study
7 p.m. Prayer Meeting
Sunday, January 14
10:00 a.m. Worship
Boat In on Dewart Lake 8.30 Sundays
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