| Variety ... that's what you'll find when you visit our services. But
one thing you should expect in any Assemblies of God church is a personal,
uplifting worship experience. Our services are geared for participation.
We typically worship as we live, with enthusiasm.
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Whatever the accompaniment, inspired singing is the order of the day. Any given service may include traditional hymns; happy, hand-clapping gospel songs; contemporary compositions; or reverent worshipful choruses.
Music will include both congregational and special ministries solos, duets, ensembles, choirs, instrumentals. Assemblies of God churches make music more than a performance; it's the music of worship.
Other times may be vocal with collective praise as worshipers are invited to spontaneously express love and adoration to God.
In everything, a flow of worship should be evident and, despite the spontaneity and excitement, a certain properness and order.
Worship styles will reflect the spectrum of personalities. Some are quiet and reserved; some shout with joy; and others are simply tender and openly emotional during times of praise or preaching.
No sincere worshiper need feel out of place in an Assemblies of God church. And each expression will blend without disruption into the flow of worship.
The congregation prays together. All may pray aloud but conclude with a single voice, the worship leader or other designated man or woman praying in behalf of all.
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Our members feel giving the tithe (the first tenth of income) and offerings declares that God comes first. It recognizes His blessing, expresses faith and seeks His guidance in every matter in life.
The ministries of the local church and globe-encircling work of the Assemblies of God are supported solely by free-will giving. However, visitors need not feel obligated to give.
One may speak out in an unknown tongue, a Spirit-guided language other than that of the congregation. Another individual, or perhaps the same one, will then give the interpretation.
On occasion, the Spirit may prompt someone to speak out, to prophesy, in the language of the congregation. The gift of prophecy, the gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation, and other spiritual gifts bring the church immediate challenge and confirm Bible truths.
The pastor or speaker may close with an invitation for those who need forgiveness in their lives to come forward and accept Christ as Savior. Those who feel a need to rededicate their lives to Christ or to pray about other concerns are also invited to come. Believers are urged to ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit to empower them for Christian service. Often everyone is invited to come pray during the altar service.
Deep emotion and excitement may or may not be demonstrated at the altars, but everyone who calls on God in faith receives something special.
If you've wondered what a Pentecostal service is like, we invite you to observe and experience God's joy and peace that defy description. And when you visit again, come expecting. Expect a move of God not only in the service, but also in your life. We think you'll agree that the comfort, help and strength He gives are better experienced than explained.
Reprinted from Friendship: A Guide for Building Relationships, a publication of the Assemblies of God Office of Public Relations. Written by Mel Surface. Used by permission.
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