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.

 

 

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

Genesis 4:8-11

Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the LORD said to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Cain did it. You hear from the Lord, only to–quite strangely—do nothing about what was just heard. At best we postpone doing what the Lord directed; at worst we dismiss it as inapplicable “in my case.” God grants the freedom to choose a “yes” or “no” to His directive. Oddly, we often feel empowered to ignore. In doing so, we take a step further into sin. Such is the liability of being a son of the First Adam.

Moses doesn’t disclose what Cain said to Abel immediately following the elder’s flashing-yellow-light encounter with God. The LXX (ancient Greek translation of Genesis) has Cain making an appointment, adding: “Let us go out to the field.” If historical, his words suggest a deliberate, plotted, disobedient response to God’s warning. Cain follows the leadership of his flesh, a private plan gestated in anger and born in violent rage. Not satisfied merely to end a brother’s life, Cain sheds blood (one can see a forecast of how Israel’s angry elders would destroy their own kin–their Messianic son–centuries later).

In grace, the Lord again meets and speaks with Cain. More questions. Another opportunity for repentance. Sadly, again, Cain mimics his father's evasiveness (cf. Genesis 3:12), yet minus the qualified admission. His impenitence is met with brutal disclosure and consequences. Nothing good results from sinning. By Divine action, the very ground Cain relies on for a living becomes all-the-more his adversary. However, though judged, mercy protects (Gen.4:15). Kidner:

“It is the utmost mercy can do for the unrepentant” (Genesis, p.76).

Journal Notes

 

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