What to Expect at a Worship Gathering:
House of Prayer is a “come as you are” church. No previous religious experience is necessary and people of every age and background are welcome.
Before the Service
Our building is located next to the BSU Rec Center at the corner of 17th street and Birch Lane NE, 1701 Birch Lane NE. Please park using the street parking reserving the 4 spots in the parking lot closer parking for those physically needing to park close. Mosey in where there will be hot coffee, treats, and friendly people waiting for you.
Check in your children/Getting Settled
Our nursery and Sunday School are great places for children from birth to age 10. The staff and volunteers create a safe, fun atmosphere in which children can learn Bible stories and participate in age-appropriate learning. Children join the adults in the service during the call to worship. The call to worship is usually one to three songs of worship we sing to signal the beginning of the worship gathering, followed by prayer and announcements. We then break for “half time” when you can sign your children into their classes or the nursery and grab yourself a warm up of coffee and a treat while you great one another.
At House of Prayer, you’ll notice a casual atmosphere. Grab a cookie and a cup of coffee, cocoa or juice. Sit wherever you are most comfortable.
During the Service
Call to Worship:
Have you ever come to church right after you got in a fight with your wife, were annoyed with a roommate, or felt burdened by stressful deadlines? It happens to all of us from time to time. So we set aside a time to ready our hearts to hear from God and speak to him. We want to set aside our anxiety and settle our minds on the compassion of God. We usually sing 2 to 4 songs during this time. The Family Band will lead us in upbeat songs of celebration, as well as more intimate songs of worship. Everyone worships in his or her own way. For many, that means raising hands, singing and clapping along, and for others it means quietly reflecting on the words. You’re welcome to do whatever helps you connect with the Lord.
Children ages 3 to 10 are dismissed to Sunday School after the call to worship, which is the first few songs at the beginning of worship. In Sunday School, kids will participate in an interactive lesson, learning principles that will help them walk with God now and for the rest of their lives. Rather than dividing children up by age, we prefer to leave the older children with the younger ones so we can gently train them to be helpers and “mini-teachers.” Our vision is to be a church where everyone participates in helping others grow, and that includes our children. Jesus said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve, and give my life as a ransom for many.” In that same spirit, we want to teach our children to serve one another.
Every weekend, our pastor gives a straightforward message from a passage of Scripture that is crafted to help your everyday journey of faith. These messages will help you develop a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, and apply biblical teaching to your own life.
Worship in Song:
Before we conclude, we take time to worship God again, usually 3 or 4 more songs. If you want, you may pick up your kids from the children’s ministry and bring them in to worship with us. Children learn best from their parents and this is a great opportunity for them to see us worship God and learn from that example. Perfect behavior is not expected.
We regularly celebrate communion together. Anyone seeking a deeper or more meaningful relationship with Jesus can participate in this time of reflection and prayer.
Each week, House of Prayer’s regular attenders leave their offerings in the hand-crafted box in the back. Offering is about a lot more than a sense of duty or obligation. Giving is an opportunity to rejoice in all that God has done for us and to express our gratitude. Each time we give, we reaffirm our belief that God is a loving Father and gracious Provider for us, His children. We scorn the duty of giving so we can embrace the soul-satisfying joy of generosity. God has promised to provide for us and this allows us to meet the needs of others and advance Christ’s mission to the world. This is an act of worship for our regular attenders.