Sunday Morning Worship
8:00 & 10:30 AM – Newton County
10:30 AM – Henry County
As believers, Christ is at the center of everything we do. This is especially true when believers gather together for worship. Without Christ, we would have no reason to gather for worship. We would be separated from God and each other. We would cower in shame in the presence of God. But Christ, our Savior, has restored our relationship with God. This fact brings us two-fold joy. We open our hearts to receive his saving and empowering gospel. We also open our arms to offer to Christ our thanks, our lives, our everything.
This cycle of receiving from God and giving to God characterizes each of our lives. It also characterizes the way we worship when we gather together. To accomplish this, we use a form of worship that traces its roots to the apostles themselves. It’s called liturgical worship.
Christ is at the center of liturgical worship. Some parts of the liturgy stay the same each Sunday. This is to make sure that Christ is proclaimed and praised during every service. Some parts of the liturgy change every week. These changes are based on the appointed calendar of the church. This calendar makes sure that we cover the important events and teachings of Christ every year.
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What to Expect
We understand it can be intimidating to come to worship for the first time at a church you’ve never been to before. Here's a little information about what to expect.
When you come through our doors, you will be in our gathering area. Members and guests visit before entering the sanctuary for worship.
WHERE TO SIT?
Feel free to sit wherever you’d like, whether the front or the back. If you need assistance an usher will help you.
WHAT TO WEAR?
You’ll find worshipers at Abiding Grace wearing everything from suits to casual attire. We aren't worried about what you are wearing.
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?
Kids of all ages are welcome at Abiding Grace. We encourage kids and their parents to grow in faith together as they hear God's word and sing his praise. A special children’s message is offered at each service.
- The pastor delivers a special children's message shortly before the sermon.
- Speakers in the gathering area allow you to follow along with the service if you need to step out with your child.
- Our Newton County campus provides a staffed nursery to meet the needs of parents with small children, which also includes a live video and audio feed of the service.
WHAT ARE SERVICES LIKE?
Our service includes Bible readings, a sermon, a children’s message, prayers, and singing. The entire service is printed in the service folder you receive when you come in and each part of the service is clearly marked. Services usually last about an hour.
WHAT'S THE MUSIC LIKE?
Abiding Grace, like most Lutheran churches, is known for our use of music in worship. We follow a liturgical worship format that is generally consistent week-to-week and that includes regular components sung by the Pastor and the Congregation. These elements are all printed in that week's service folder.
During an given service we'll also sing several hymns as a congregation, generally with Organ or Piano accompaniment; these are found in the red hymnals provided in the sanctuary or are printed in the week's service folder. We also enjoy regular performances by instrumentalists, soloists, and our choir.
WHAT ABOUT THE OFFERING?
The members of Abiding Grace have joined together to carry out the Lord’s work here and around the world. An offering plate is distributed during the worship service, but guests are not expected to participate.