What to Expect When You Visit Us

Our Worship Services

Visitors are always welcome at all of our worship services.  We may ask for you to fill out a card to record your attendance.  Please offer whatever information you are comfortable giving.  We hope to have a chance to get to know you before and after the worship assembly.

FELLOWSHIP: The church is designed to be a place of refuge where Christians can meet to build and encourage one another to grow in faith and to be a positive influence in their daily lives. Therefore we place great importance upon spending time with each other – before and after our Bible classes and worship assemblies. We also strongly encourage one another to be in contact with each other throughout the week. This enables us to use our talents to build others who are facing challenges and discouragements and to receive the edification we require when we are facing trials of many kinds.

SINGING: Singing is an important part of our worship. Each member or visitor in attendance is encouraged to sing from the heart. There are no musical instruments or choirs in our assemblies, just singing. This practice can be traced to the church in the New Testament, where the instrument used was the heart.

PRAYER: Our worship is directed to God. Prayer connects us to Him. When we pray in our assemblies, we express adoration to God, thank Him for His blessings and request His continued care over us. At the Echo Lake Church of Christ, we take prayer very seriously. We have an extensive prayer list and our members and friends are encouraged to make their prayer requests known. We believe that God is attentive to and answers our prayers!

THE LORD’S SUPPER: Before His arrest, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, a memorial feast using unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (we use grape juice). The unleavened bread is used to remind us of Jesus’ body and His suffering on our behalf. The Fruit of the vine is used to remind us of the blood that Jesus lost while dying on the Cross. Realizing that we are human, Jesus gave us this weekly reminder so that we will not forget what He did for us. The Bible teaches us that when we eat the Lord’s Supper, we remember Jesus and proclaim His death until He comes again! (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

THE OFFERING: In keeping with the scriptural example, we take up a weekly offering or collection (1 Corinthians 16; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9). All of our activities are funded by the free-will contribution of our members. We do not expect our visitors to make a donation. Only give if you truly feel moved to.  Our offerings are only carried out on Sunday. We believe that by freely giving back to God from what He has blessed us with is a way to worship Him and support His work here on earth.

BIBLE READING: The Bible states that we should devote ourselves to the public reading of scripture. (1 Tim. 4:13) In keeping with this instruction, we read at least one Bible chapter at each and every service. Our members use various Bible versions. Some of the versions that are most commonly used are: The New International Version (NIV), The New American Standard Version (NASV), The English Standard Version (ESV) and the Old and New King James Versions (KJV or NKJV). Please contact our office for free bibles!

TEACHING & PREACHING: The reading and teaching of God’s word is designed to instruct and encourage us in finding and following God’s will for our lives. The lessons that are presented bring a mix of history, theology and application for our everyday lives.

Having a Heart for the Harvest