In case you're curious, we decided to tell you a little about who we are, what we believe, and what to expect when you visit us.
We are so pleased that you are here! We believe that life is a journey. We also believe that Christianity is so much more than a Sunday morning event! Christianity is a life. There are a lot of metaphors in Christianity that are about journeys and beginnings. If this is your first time at North Street, consider this a starting place for a journey! Welcome! We are so very pleased that you are with us today.
We thought you might have questions. Maybe we could help you to know what to expect!
When you get here, you can expect a friendly greeting from most anyone you meet. You'll see people from all walks of life - health professionals, students, stay at home moms, shift workers, engineers, farmers, business men and women, you know…people like you. You will meet people from all walks of life, dressed in everything from jeans to business casual attire.
We have worship in what we call our Worship Center. Come in and sit anywhere you'd like. Participate in as much as you want or feel free to just observe. We want to be friendly, but won't point you out or embarrass you in any way. Follow along in your program (the Worship Guide). It lists the order of what we will do and provides information about what is happening at North Street. You'll find our worship refreshingly simple, relaxed, and down to earth.
Our songs are led by a "song leader." You will see the words on the screen and they are also found in a song book in your pew. While you might hear instrumental music in the background of a movie clip or illustrative song, you'll notice that our congregational singing is a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment).
You'll hear a word from our preacher that addresses the big questions of life. During what we call the "Lord's Supper," plates with crackers and small cups of grape juice are passed around the seats. When Christians eat and drink this, it helps them remember what Jesus did for them and the implications for us, that we are participating in the body of Jesus and the covenant love of God. You're welcome to break off a small piece of cracker and drink the juice from one of the small cups or just pass the tray on to the next person.
The only other thing you can expect from us is to be invited back.
A Few of the Things We Believe
We believe that God loves us; that God loves and lives in passionate pursuit of the whole world, including you. God is the ruler of our lives, and that binds us together in powerful relationships with each other, with Christ Jesus, and with you!
We believe that God calls us to be witnesses of His benevolent and righteous rule and reign in the world. Jesus came to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, and as Christians (followers of Christ) our lives and our words are a Signpost of that Kingdom. We invite you to receive the gift of the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:15).
We believe that God calls us to be disciples. Jesus told those who walked with him, after his death and resurrection, to Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you (Matthew28:19-20). You will find us to be a people who place a high value on teaching and baptizing. Our goal is to be all that God has in mind for his people.
We believe that members of the body of Christ are called to serve. Another word for service is ministry. Every Christian is given gifts by God that are meant to strengthen the community (Romans 12:4-6). In this church family, you will be invited to serve. And you will have a place to belong!
We believe that gospel is epitomized in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Jesus died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). We are saved by our faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. This is God's plan of salvation.
We believe that the church is made up of those people who choose by faith to give their whole lives to God, allowing God to rule their lives. We believe that this covenant commitment is declared by repentance, by confession, and in baptism (which is immersion).
We believe that the church is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God and that each baptized Christian is a vessel of that Holy Spirit of God.
We believe that God is enthroned in heaven, ruling the cosmos. When Judgment Day comes, Christ will come and draw all things to a close. Everyone will be required to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of the deeds done in the body. Those who walk in faith and faithfulness will be received into the happiness of the Lord.