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We strive to be a welcoming family of believers, seeking to love like Jesus, live like Jesus and serve like Jesus.

As a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we have roots that go deep and wide.  Our congregation was founded by a missionary disciple and a community of transplants seeking to make a life in Greencastle in 1825.  Our legacy includes working for women's rights, traveling through tough times and church fires, and relying upon the Lord to always lead us onward in faith to start new ministries and benefit the community around us.  In recent years, this has included the birthing of our Round Barn Daycare and our SAWs ministries.

But, the thing that truly holds us together is worship.  We believe that God's passionate, dedicated love for us in Jesus Christ empowers us to live this Jesus-love for others, and you will hopefully see this in our worship.  Moreover, the very "shape of our worship" is meant to keep us focused on what is most important, which includes ... 

Worship. 

When we gather together for a worship service, we meet with God.  He speaks to us through His Word; we respond to Him in confession, prayer, and song.  He washes us in baptism and feeds us at His Table; we gratefully receive these gifts and offer Him our lives in response.  

God’s meetings with His people follow a common pattern.  We find it in His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17), in the covenant made through Moses (Exodus 19-24), in many instances in which God appeared to individuals (e.g. Isaiah 6:1-9), in the Psalms (e.g. Psalm 51), in Jesus’ ministry (Luke 5:1-11), at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41), in the letters of the New Testament (e.g. Romans), and in God’s revelation to John (Revelation 4-5).

In all of these instances, we find this basic pattern:

God’s holy presence becomes evident
The response is confession of unworthiness
    God provides atonement and declares His steadfast love
                                The response is thanksgiving, faith, and service.

This pattern follows the storyline of the Bible:
                        God gloriously creates the heavens and the earth
        Adam and Eve (and all of us since) disobey God
        God provides atonement in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus
            We receive this salvation in faith and hope.


So when we come together in worship, we participate in the drama that has been playing out through all of history.  We learn the rhythm of the life of the believer, awaiting the time when God will fully restore His creation.  Specifically, we follow the basic liturgy (or structure) in worship that originated early in the history of the Christian church and has its roots in the worship of the Jewish people.  Let us take a closer look at how our service aligns with the pattern we observed above: 

Gather

This part of the service prepares us to hear and receive the Word of God.  God calls us from our hectic and burdened lives to corporately enter His presence (Hebrews 10:19-25).  Yet, we recognize that we are not what God wants us to be -- we have not loved Him with all of our heart and mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  Because of this, we confess our failures and unworthiness to Him.  He does not turn us away.  Instead, God assures us that we have been completely forgiven and made righteous through the work of His Son (Romans 3:21-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21).   We sing the Gloria Patri in response to His steadfast love for us, and we greet each other as brothers and sisters united by Christ.

Receive

This is the part of the service when God speaks His Word to us through the reading and preaching of Scripture.  All Scripture proclaims to us the good news of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27), who has reconciled us to God (Colossians 1:19-20), brought us into the family of God (Galatians 4:4-7), and given us a hope of life forever with Him (1 Peter 1:3-5).   Through the work of the Holy Spirit in us, we believe His word and confess our faith together. God also gives us His Word in a way we can see, touch, and taste at His Table.  He feeds us with the bread and wine, His body and blood, uniting us to Himself, to each other, and to the believers throughout all the ages. We eat this meal with thanksgiving, and our faith and hope are nourished through it.    

Offer

In this part of the service, we speak to God.  We thank Him for His gifts and petition Him with our needs.  We pray the prayer that He has given us (Matthew 6:9-13).  In light of all He has done for us, we give of our wealth and time and service for the sake of His people and kingdom.  We sing the Doxology, recognizing that God has given us everything.

Serve

This final part of the service prepares us to enter back into our homes and workplaces.  We sing a hymn that unites us in faith, and God blesses us as we leave the gathering of His people.

Community.


We are attempting to resist one of the great fallacies that has long been a part of American Christianity: that it is possible to "go it alone" when it comes to our faith.


Gathering together as a body of believers is an essential and vital part of living the Christian life. We also believe gathering together as a community in this way makes us something like radicals. We may not be as visible or highly publicized, but every time we show up to church and participate in the life of this community, we are doing something that is becoming more and more scandalous and unheard of; We are giving ourselves over to something larger than ourselves; We are allowing our lives to be shaped not just by our own personal interests, plans and distractions but also by the Holy Spirit as God works a holy thing out of the chaos of our group. We are attempting to allow our faith to be formed by fellow brothers and sisters both in Bible studies and conversations in the parking lot.


We encourage organic community through meeting outside the walls of our building - in homes, over campfires, at local events and supporting one another in the arenas where we work and play.


 Service.

There are a number of local and international ways in which our church seeks to assist with practical needs.


Every year we build ramps through the S.A.W.S program, which is a program committed to giving elderly, handicapped and other infirm individuals access to their world.


Behind our fellowship hall we have a vegetable garden. All fresh produce we harvest is given to local food pantries. We are always looking for green thumbs or helping hands in this ministry.

We support Heifer International by raising money that will provide animals, seeds and training to reduce hunger in poverty-stricken areas of the world.

Every year we have several teams that participates in our local Relay for Life to support cancer awareness.


 

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