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

A Cord of Three Strands

Ruth 2:19-20

And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So Ruth told Naomi with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the LORD, who kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead.” She also said to Ruth, “This man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.”

“Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth” (Prov.12:27)

“The soul of the sluggard carves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent will be richly supplied” (Prov. 13:4)

In charting Naomi and Ruth’s tough-stuff journey, don’t overlook the role of Ruth’s faithful diligence. She’s a courageous go-getter — though a foreigner and perhaps vulnerable, she heads out to the edges of the crop fields midst the other home-town regulars to hand-glean grain so that she and Naomi can eat. She’s a hard worker. Boaz’ foreman tells him that gleaned “from early morning until now except for a short rest” (Ruth 2:7). She presumes nothing. She politely asks permission to glean and brings the gain of her work back to her mother-in-law.

Boaz notices all this, but so does God. Which means God is actively empowering the gain of these proverbs in her life. One can feel the puzzle pieces of God’s blessing interlocking, brining fresh joy into two lives that have been struggling in grief and loss. Ruth refuses to be paralyzed. She gets up, works hard, does what she can, while God’s hand releases an increasing flow of hope.

This day, as Ruth returns to share where she was and whom she met, the lights of life begin to glow again for Naomi. Wow! God is not her enemy supposed, but rather Someone who through Ruth’s diligence is rekindling hope. In ways she had not imagined, God appeared ready to restore and redeem…even a bitter widow. Let’s consider this well. Any of us can be God’s agent of hope, restoring joy to someone in tough straights, through initiative, hard work, and trust that God’s hand is in it all.

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