What to Expect at Bridge of Life

 

Welcome!

When you visit Bridge of Life, you can expect to be greeted with a warm welcome and a packet of information to introduce you to our church.  Service starts at 10:30 am, but we would love for you to join us at 10:00 am and get to know us over a cup of coffee at our Koinonia Café.

 

Worship

Every church has distinctive practices in worship. Here are some of ours so you know what to expect when you come.  We pray you are blessed by your worship experience and feel the presence of God at Bridge of Life.

Singing to Jesus

Singing gives expression and words to the emotions of the heart. Music surrounds us in almost every aspect of life.  The scriptures declare:

Psalms 30:12 – “that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give You thanks forever”
Psalms 7:17 – “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”
Psalms 9:2 – “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

Raising Hands

Often during our worship, you may observe individuals lifting their hands upward.  Actually, this is a Biblical sign of worship.  The Scriptures declare:

Psalms 28:2 – “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.”
Psalms 63:4 – “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”
Psalms 134:2 – “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD”
1 Timothy 2:8 – “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”

In our everyday life, lifting one’s hands is a sign of surrender and admiration. We invite you to join us in this form of worship today

Dancing

During our worship, you may observe individuals “dancing.”   This may seem out of place, but it is actually a Biblical sign of praise to our Lord.  The Scriptures declare:

Psalms 30:11 – “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness”
Psalms 149:3 – “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.”
Psalms 150:4 – “praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,”
Psalms 150:5 – “praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.”
Psalms 150:6 – “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.”
2 Samuel 6:14 – “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,”

Clapping

Often during our worship, you may observe individuals clapping their hands.  This is a biblical sign of worship.  The Scriptures declare:

Psalms 47:1 – “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”

Clapping ones hands is an expression of joy and appreciation. Most public events would seem empty without applause.  Join us as we rejoice in our God during worship today!

Flags, Banners, Ensign, Standard

Banners are rallying points, physically and spiritually.  They are used for three main purposes:

♦  to identify a group
♦  to claim possession of a space or territory
♦  to lend festivity to a celebration

Numbers 2:2 – “The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting some distance from it, each man under his standard with the banners of his family.”
Psalms 20:5 – We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
Exodus 17:15 – Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.
Exodus 17:16 – He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
Song of Songs 2:4 – “His banner over us is love”

Rejoicing, Shouting

Psalms 100:1 – “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.”
Psalms 100:2 – “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
Psalms 95:1-2 -” O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.”
Psalms 98:4 – “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;”

With Instruments

Psalms 98:4 – “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;”
Psalms 98:5 – “make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,”
Psalms 98:6 – “with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.”
Psalms 150:4 – “praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,”
Psalms 150:5 – “praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.”

Kneeling, Bowing Down

Psalms 95:6 – “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;”
Daniel 6:10 – “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
Philippians 2:10 – “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”

Offering

Visitors occasionally express surprise that an offering was not taken as we worship. We are blessed to offer you an opportunity to sow financially into the kingdom of God through our congregation. Offering boxes are positioned in the area just before leaving the sanctuary. Envelopes are available above each box if tax deductibility is helpful for you. (A receipt will be sent a the end of the year.)  We encourage you to anticipate the blessing of our Lord as you give!