To our Visitors!
Thank you for visiting the Carmichael Church of Christ's web site!
We want you to know that YOU are unique, and we are excited that you want to spend time with us. We are truly honored to have you!
So... What can I expect?
We understand that visiting an unfamiliar congregation can be intimidating. Let us help take away the mystery so you know exactly what to expect.
First... Just Relax.
Take a deep breath! You are among friends. When you come through our doors, expect to be welcomed! Greeters will meet you as you come in, extend a warm handshake and answer any immediate questions you may have (such as "Where is a class for my children?" or "Where can we sit?"). We are glad you chose to visit us and we think you'll be glad too!
A Setting for Worship
Worship services are held in our auditorium, just inside the front doors. Please sit anywhere you feel comfortable. Before worship begins (9:00 AM - Bible Study, 9:55 AM - Worship Service, and 5:00 PM - Evening Service), there's a lot of "visiting" going on. That's because we are all part of a big, wonderful family! Many folks will want to shake your hand (or bump elbows post-pandemic - the admin), talk to you for a bit, and welcome you to our assembly. You, my friends, are our honored guests and we will be glad to welcome you also on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM for our mid-week bible study.
Tell us About You
Worship services normally begin with a brief introduction and welcome. We will ask you to fill out our "Visitors Card". You will find them on the pew in front of you (if unavailable, please ask one of the members to provide you with one). We use these cards as a means of communicating important things: prayer requests, updates on family members, Bible questions, and visitor information. Yes, you are important to us!
We regard the Bible as the inerrant (incapable of being wrong), inspired word of God! After our announcements and greeting, and opening prayer, we will have a scripture reading. This has two purposes. It shows our respect to the Lord! For example, just as with standing, if someone of great importance walked into the room, you likely would stand to give this person honor. The scriptures represent the mind of the One who created the universe! We should give Him our respect! Second, the message from God's word is worthy of our attention. Standing and either listening to or following along in our own Bibles helps us focus our attention on the reading.
Singing is a special opportunity to worship God. When we feel happy, we often sing! It's natural. It's no surprise then that God would want us to channel some of our worship through singing. If you want to follow along or don't know the words, just pick up a hymnal right in front of you. The song leader will give us the key and soon we are singing together. . . in harmony! We try to make it just as beautiful and joyful as we can! But what you won't hear are musical instruments. Frankly, we don't need them! But the reason we sing without instruments is not merely our preference. We want to worship God according to the New Testament pattern. And that pattern does not indicate that instrumental music was used or desired. Many visitors unfamiliar with "A Cappella" (an Italian term originally meaning “in the manner of the church” which has now come to popularly mean “without instrumental accompaniment”) music are deeply moved by this experience--it's all a part of God's plan! (cf. Eph. 5:19 Rom. 10:3)
The Lord’s Supper
Each Sunday we follow the New Testament pattern by sharing the Lord's Supper. The unleavened bread and grape juice are distributed throughout the assembly. The Lord's Supper or "communion" is both a solemn and joyful occasion. Jesus commanded that His followers observe this as a means to remember the price He paid for our sins. It is sad to think that Jesus had to suffer and die to redeem us. However, it is wonderful to think that He loves each one of us that much! (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
Giving is a way of expressing our gratitude for God's blessings. Each Christian should cheerfully give to support the works which God has directed. However, you, our guests, are in no way expected to give. As the collection tray comes to you, please just pass it along (cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-2). Don't forget to drop a visitor's card in the tray before doing so!
Prayer is our communication with God. While each Christian should pray often and in private, we, as a congregation, pray together. One of the men will walk to the front and speak a prayer. We all try to focus our attention on his words and make his prayer our own. We are commanded to pray for each other, so this prayer may include many specific names and circumstances. Prayer changes things!
Expect to hear a Bible-based sermon that will encourage faithful Christian living. Our Preacher's are not given special religious titles such as "pastor" or "reverend," nor does he wear any special garments to set them apart from others. That's because ALL Christians are viewed by God as "priests." (1 Peter 2:9)
A sermon usually concludes with an invitation to respond personally to the message. One of our elders (a specially-qualified man who serves as a congregational leader) will meet with everyone who responds and talk with them about their particular need.
God invites you…to know His incomparable love…to be forgiven of your sins against Him…to walk in His grace and in His way…to have inward joy which replaces sorrow with hope…to have a daily relationship with God…to have a life which is fulfilled now and life eternally with Him. God’s invitation is for you to be a Christian.
God’s desire is for you to know Him and love Him more than this world and its temporal experiences. He invites you to examine Him so you can trust Him and learn how your love for Him is warranted. Your examination of God should start with His word, the Bible.
You will learn in the Bible that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth to acquaint us more closely with God. Jesus came to earth to address our sins, for which our punishment is death. Jesus died for us, so His death would take the place of our death. Therefore, God invites you to examine His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus has power over nature, over disease, over Satan and sin, and over death. Jesus did not remain dead. He is resurrected, which demonstrates that He is the Son of God! It is through Jesus that God kindly provides us salvation from sins and grants us eternal life. (1st John 5:11-12)
After you conclude that Jesus is the Son of God, you must trust Him as the Lord (Master) of your life, you must turn from your sins (repent), and resolve to walk in His righteous way. (Acts 2:38)
You must confess to others that you have changed your values and your life to serve God through His Son Jesus. (Romans 10:9-10)
Then you are a Christian. You are forgiven of your sins, you are in a joyful relationship with God, you have every blessing given by God through his Son Jesus Christ, and you are in God’s family—those who have answered God’s invitation just as you have. (Ephesians 1:1-23)
What’s left is for you to continue your life’s journey as a Christian. You will not be a perfect human, but you will have a heart for being molded by God and you will strive to be closer to Him each day. You will grow in your faith and knowledge of God, experience the countless blessings of His grace, and bring God glory by what He has accomplished by your Christianity.
Some Final Thoughts about Worship
The Carmichael church of Christ seeks to worship God according to Christ's command: "in spirit and truth" (John 4:24). To worship God "in spirit" requires that we come to God with a humble attitude, understanding that our salvation in Christ is not by our own righteousness or works, but by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8,9). We humbly come to God to worship Him, and He lifts us up (James 4:10) with the understanding of His love for all men through His Son Jesus (John 3:16) and the anticipation of being in Christ's presence for all eternity! (I Thessalonians 4:17, 18). Worshipping God at the Carmichael church of Christ is a humble celebration of the love we share in Christ and our anticipation of heaven! Equally important is worshipping God "in truth." The New Testament gives specific commands, shows positive examples or implications of how the church worshipped God during the period of inspired guidance--the first century.
Rather than trusting man-made ideas on how we should worship God, we trust God's word, the Bible, to provide the pattern of how we should worship Him. Worshipping God this way is refreshingly simple and clear. There is no need for a great ceremony or the slickness of a stage show. Together, we pray (I Timothy 2:1), and sing songs that teach the truth and encourage Christian living (Colossians 3:16). We are reminded of God's will for our lives as we hear the preaching of God's word (Acts 10:42), give to help others, and support the many works of the church (II Corinthians 9:7). We also "break bread," with one another (Acts 20:7) by partaking of the bread and grape juice, or as it is called, the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:20).
Worshipping God in truth is truly a time of fellowship with God, His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit, and God’s children, the church. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a time we look forward to! It's a time of learning, spiritual growth, and encouragement. It’s a time of peace and personal reflection. It's a time for receiving God's love and mercy.
If you desire to learn more about Christ, need information regarding directions to our location, and/or if you are new to the greater Sacramento area and are looking for a new place to worship with the saints, we want to connect with you! Feel free to reach out to us today! We are also online on Facebook and Instagram!
Thank you, we cannot wait to meet with you!