Gather

Gathering in Worship

Christ Community Church gathers together weekly to show and express our reverence and adoration for God through Biblical teaching, corporate expression and mutual edification. Our greatest prayer is that each person would leave realizing:

“I met with God and His people today”

and reflecting on, “How am I different because of it? How has my heart and life been shaped—defined—as a result of this gathering together?”

Worship Venues

Catalyst

Sundays, 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM in Gather 1

Our weekly Catalyst gatherings are a modern worship service led by a full band, singing songs you likely have heard on the radio or Christian music streaming platforms. Most weeks the preaching is live in Catalyst and streamed to our more traditional venue, Classic.

 

Classic

Sundays, 9:00 AM and 10:45* in Gather 2

Our weekly Classic gatherings are a worship service led primarily by piano and vocals, singing songs that have been cherished across generations. Most weeks, Classic is a video venue, where the preaching is viewed via a large-screen projection system.

*During the Summer months we offer only a 9:00am service time in Classic.

There will be no 10:45am Classic service June 9th-August 18th 2019. Classic 10:45am services will start back up on August 25th.

Gather Philosophy

BIGGER

We are invited into a worship that is so much more than simply “an hour a week and what we like or don’t like about it” [Ex. 20:2-3, 29:45-46; Ps. 88:9, 145:2; Rom. 8:10-16, 12:1; 2 Cor. 6:16-18].
This orientation asks the question: what if my worship is just too small?

MEETING WITH GOD

With the Bigger lens of worship in place we can deeply value and engage in all that gathered worship is meant to be—nothing less than meeting with God and His people [Rom. 14, 15; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:21].
This possibility poses the question: how awake am I to this regular, transformational privilege?

INSIDE OUT

Creative expression that matters in our spiritual journeys is first birthed in a heart set on Jesus and then overflows naturally to everyone and everything around us. [1 Sam. 15:22, 16:7; 2 Chr. 30:13-21; Ps. 51:16-17; Lk. 6:43-45].
This trajectory begs the question: how connected currently is my art to my heart?

As we pursue this kind of worship together, our Worship Arts Ministries engage in Christ Community Church’s three strategy components: gatherconnect, and serve.

 

Worship Is No Small Matter

Read more thoughts about worship, on Wayne Stewart's Blog. Pastor Wayne has also written a book titled Bigger about this same topic.

 

Worship Is No Small Matter Blog

Experience His Presence: Daily Devotional

Revelation 21:3-4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

In 1880, Dwight Laymen Moody published a small volume entitled Heaven. Five years and almost 90,000 copies later, the original printing plates having worn thin, it was republished via newer technology (“electrotype plates”) in Chicago. Six Chapters—Its Hope, Its Inhabitants, Its Happiness, Its Certainty, Its Riches, Its Rewards.

Moody writes,

If there is one word above another that will swing open the eternal gates, it is the name of Jesus. There are a great many passwords and by-words down here, but that will be the countersign up above. Jesus Christ is the “Open Sesame” to heaven. Any one who tries to climb up some other way, is a thief and a robber. But when we get in, what a joy above every other joy we can think of, will it be to see Jesus Himself all the time, and to be with Him continually. Isaiah has given this promise of God to every one who is saved through faith: “Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far off.”

Since the creation of the Garden and the first human family, God has longed to dwell with His people. His love driving Him to continually share the infinite joys of His indescribably beautiful fellowship. This dwelling-with-us will be the key feature of eternity, which can (and should!) begin today, and every day, until we feel his hand wiping the final tears from our eyes, now beholding Him in all His glory.

Journal Notes

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