Where we meet
We meet at Prairie Community Church (700 1st Ave N, Lester Prairie, MN 55354).
Why we meet here
Prairie Community Church graciously rents their space to us after they are done with their worship service. They meet on Sunday mornings, and our service begins at 6pm on Sunday evenings.
What time we meet
Worship Service 6:00pm ~ 7:05pm
Afterwards people tend to hang out and visit with one another.
What to expect on a Sunday
Worship Through Song
We usually begin our service by singing together. The Bible contains over 400 references to singing and 50 direct commands to sing. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” We sing to worship God and we sing to encourage and teach each other. Singing helps us meditate on the great truths of Scripture, and for that reason we try to choose songs that are rich in biblical imagery as well as memorable. You will hear a mix of hymns, older contemporary songs, and new songs. You might find us using a projector to show us the words, and other times we will use the hymn books in our pews. Sometimes we just use a piano, sometimes just a guitar, and other times a combinations of instruments and percussion. Usually we sing about 4-6 songs.
The second half of our service is dedicated to the teaching of God’s Word. At the heart of our beliefs is that the Bible is sufficient for our needs (point #2 of our doctrinal statement). We value teaching that systematically works through books of the Bible in a theologically informed manner. Jon Wall usually preaches through a book of the Bible over many months, although he also teaches on biblical themes and doctrines as seems best during the year.
Once a month we take the Lord’s Supper together. We practice an open table- meaning that anyone who comes to our church, even visitors, may take communion with us. We do ask that if someone takes communion that they truly believe in what the bread and the wine symbolize (the death of Christ for their sins). We leave it up to parents to decide when their children have come to a point of true faith in Christ.
We want children to worship with us. Even at a young age, our children are learning to value worshiping God together by following our example. In the Bible we see Paul addressing children in writing his letter to the church at Ephesus (Eph. 6:1-4), and children gathered with their parents in the Old Testament as well (Ezra 10:1) We know they won’t pick up everything that we say or do, but they will learn to value what we value by watching us. However, we know that our children are born with a sin nature, and should your child be demonstrating his or her sin nature, the audio from our worship service may be heard in the lobby and downstairs in the fellowship hall, should you need to leave for a time but want to still hear our worship service.
If you happen to visit us on the second Sunday of the month, we’ll probably have a fellowship meal before the worship service at 5pm. People bring some food to share, and it is a time for us to visit with each other.
How To Give
You’ll notice that we don’t pass an offering plate. We do have an offering box near the information table just outside the sanctuary. We do not expect our visitors to give, although you are welcome to do so. Our church exists solely on the generous support of those who attend, who give to the Lord through the ministry of this church.