What to Expect in Worship
When you worship at Thompson Church, you are joining a family of believers who are seeking to live their lives in the rhythm of God's Kingdom. In worship we come together and hear God's Word read from the Holy Scripture and proclaimed in the sermon; we sing hymns and songs to express our faith; we pray together: for each other, for our community, for the church, and for our world. On the first Sunday of every month (and on some other special days), we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.
Depending on which worship gathering you attend (learn more here), you may experience different styles of worship, ranging from traditional to contemporary. No matter what service you attend, however, you will always find:
- Bible-centered preaching
- Congregational singing
- A warm welcome
Below are some of the questions you might have about worship at Thompson Church.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between traditional and contemporary worship?
There are many aspects of worship that are common to both of our services, such as the order of worship, the Sacraments, the sermon, and the prayers. The key difference is in the setting of each service. The Traditional Worship Service takes place in our Sanctuary while the Contemporary Worship Service takes place in our Fellowship Hall. There is a difference in the style of music; however, regardless of worship style or time frame, in each service we sing all music to the glory of God.
What is available for my children on Sunday Mornings?
We have opportunities for children of all ages on Sunday mornings (learn more about Christian Education here). During our worship services, Junior Church is available for all children who are four years old up to those in second grade. Here children learn about God and the parts of the worship service, and they pray together. Our Sunday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45, sandwiched between our worship services, with a wide range of classes for children and youth who are in preschool through twelfth grade. For our youngest friends we have a nursery, which is open all morning, and our Nursery Assistant is happy to welcome any infants and toddlers!
Do you have a coffee or Fellowship hour?
Yes! Here at Thompson Church we love good food and good fellowship. Coffee and goodies are available all morning in our Fellowship Hall, beginning after the 8:30 a.m. worship service. During the summer, we move our fellowship time outside to the lawn of our courtyard (weather permitting, of course!).
How Often (and how) Do you celebrate COMMUNION?
We typically observe the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of every month in both our Traditional Worship Service and our Contemporary Worship Service. At times we also observe Communion on special occasions, like major church holidays.
In our Traditional Worship Service the congregation typically remains seated and is served by our Elders. In our Contemporary Worship Service the congregation typically comes forward to receive the Communion elements by intinction (dipping the bread into the juice). In both services instructions regarding how to participate are provided.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion using bread and grape juice. If you have questions, please feel free to ask one of the greeters at the service.
I'm not a member of Thompson Church; can I take Communion?
At Thompson Church everyone who is a baptized believer in Jesus Christ as her or his Lord and Savior is welcome to participate in our Communion observances.
To learn about becoming a member of Thompson Church, you can get more information here.
What should I wear to worship?
We don't have a dress code at Thompson Church; we care about who you are, not what you wear. That being said, many people who worship with us feel that they honor God and the importance of the worship experience by being thoughtful about how they dress. In our Traditional Worship Service this may mean a jacket and a tie, khakis and a polo shirt, or a blouse and a skirt. In our Contemporary Worship Service this may mean jeans and a nice, button-down shirt. In short, we encourage you to wear something that helps you to feel comfortable and confident, and which allows you to focus on worship; don't feel the need to buy fancy clothing just for us!