When We Gather for Worship...
We want you to visit us at the Savannah Church of Christ and we want you to feel comfortable. We know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. Let us tell you what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.
NOTE: This is not intended to generalize what we believe-- OR cut-short the deep, intimate relationships between each member and our mighty God. Each of these acts/details are parts of our worship that are intended to express our love, need for, and gratitude towards our Heavenly Father...
We are simply striving to express these things that mirrors that of the New Testament church as we serve others, worship God, and long to be together in Heaven one day.
A brief description of our background may help you understand us better. Our congregation began as a part of "The Restoration Movement". The movement's goal was to "restore" the New Testament Church in our time: to determine from the Bible what the Church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal that each congregation must constantly question. We want to be a Bible-centered church. Although we can agree that some our conclusions aren't flawless, our practices are sometimes colored by habit, preference, tradition, or convenience-- and we would like to do our best to worship/live as the Bible instructs, deeply considering both things spoken of and circumstances which it is silent about.
Now, let us walk you through a worship service. There may be some variations from this description because every Church of Christ is autonomous.
Communion, "The Lord's Supper"
If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord's Supper will be included in the worship proceedings because the Church of Christ observes this memorial every Sunday. Again, the reason for this is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance every first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
We assume from this that they did it the first day of every week and we know from respected historians that in early centuries, the Lord's Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration (Neander, Eusebius).
During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation.
The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it.
Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain "fruit of the vine", usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
This is a personal experience established by Christ, himself, that those who are saved should observe to remember his sacrifice and its direct connection with ourselves.
If you visit on a Sunday morning, trays will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering.
Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatianchurches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. --1 Corinthians 16:1-2
As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row
We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. (Mark 2:17; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7)
That is the reason we can worship together, stick together, and with God's help, accomplish some things that make a difference. You won't have to look very deep to find our failures, but you will find people who love God and the Bible. You will not find anything in our services that is not sanctioned by the Bible. We sincerely strive to be Bible centered Christians.