What to Expect

When you come to Holy Spirit Church on a Sunday, expect to experience God through the presence of his Spirit as you worship, sing, pray, and eat with us.

Preparation

  • Expect to see some dressed casually in shorts and sandals, others formally in jackets and dresses.  Come in whatever feels comfortable.
  • Expect to use your Bible to follow along with the reading and the sermons.  Please bring whatever translation or size you feel comfortable using.  We generally read from the New International Version (NIV) translation.
  • Expect to arrive up to approximately one half hour ahead of time for worship, during which time we have the chapel partially closed off in order that you may have some quiet time of reflection and prayer prior to our time of worship.  We also have coffee and donuts available in the foyer during this time.

Worship 

  • Expect to worship in a more formal, liturgical style, using Texts for Common Prayer.  The service will include readings from the Old and New Testament, a sung psalm, a biblical sermon, prayers led from up front, and holy communion.
  • Expect to celebrate holy communion at every Sunday service.  We believe that the service of word and sacrament is the ancient pattern of Sunday worship passed down to us from the New Testament apostles.  Anyone baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is welcome to partake.

People

  • Expect to meet caring and friendly people with diverse backgrounds and experience.
  • Expect to see people of all ages in worship; we have newborns, toddlers, school age children, teens, young and middle age adults, parents,  grandparents, and great-grandparents in our congregation, all worshiping God together on Sunday morning.
  • For the youngest in our midst (ages 0-7) we offer Christian education during the middle portion of our service, taught by a dedicated and trained team of teachers using the Tru curriculum (by David C Cook).

Teaching

  • Expect to hear biblical sermons preached from one or more of the lessons.  We follow a three-year cycle of biblical readings from all portions of the Bible called the lectionary.  Many other churches use a similar set of lessons on the same Sunday.

Lunch

  • Expect a community lunch after the service provided by members of Holy Spirit Church in the student lounge of Bethel Seminary.  Eating together is a great time for us to get to know one another and to share the ups and downs of life.