We come early for a reason. Partly out of desire to have time to connect with others in our community, partly out of a desire to be present for the new comers who always arrive early or on time, we come early to show that hospitality is a value of our community.
During our welcome time we desire not only to welcome visitors and guests, but to orient them to and remind ourselves of some value of the Evergreen community.
Meet and Greet
We recognize that some folks like to be anonymous when coming to church. We also know that many people enter and leave a church without anyone ever saying a word to them. That’s the last thing we want to happen here. Many churches have a tradition of “passing the Peace” by greeting each other with “The Peace of Christ be with you.” For us, it’s much less formal. Just saying hello, greeting someone you don’t know. Being greeted and welcomed into our community.
Often, but not always, we have a time of silence in our Gathering. This is meant to be a centering time when we consciously let go of the worry and anxiety we bring in with us and begin to focus our attention on God.
We read Scripture aloud and sing to God and each other. We believe there is value in repeating aloud the Word of God back to Him and to one other. In this way we begin to understand, believe and embrace it more fully.
We pray not only as a way of speaking to God, but as a means of hearing from Him. Sometimes we are led in prayer, other times given space to pray and listen quietly on our own.
We engage with Scripture as a community. Though we have a main person facilitating and leading us each week, as we read and listen to Scripture we also engage in dialogue as a means of together wrestling with what God is saying to us. We invite you to add to the conversation, even if it’s your first week with us. Everyone is welcome to speak.
Every week the high point of our worship is in coming to the Table. In this, we remember the high cost of our forgiveness and the great love of Christ in laying down His life for us. We come to the Table offering all of who we are and receive, out of His abundance and grace, forgiveness, joy, peace and love. Who can take communion? Anyone who desires what Jesus offers.
We sing to respond to God with our whole heart, mind and strength. We have heard His truth, been moved by the Good News, and now we respond.
Opportunities and Blessing
We pay attention to what is happening in the community and then we are sent out in mission to live what we have heard in the name of God Himself.