Join a congregation as they worship God at a typical community church.
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It's Sunday morning. The time is 9:30. The congregation is just arriving at a moderately-sized community church in a sleepy suburban town.
Folks from the surrounding town and countryside gather every Sunday to socialize, mingle, and encourage each other.
The band has finished tuning up. The background music has faded away. The audience awaits in silent expectation as the band lights up the stage with a tuned-up version of "Amazing Grace."
The band continues to rock on with contemporary hits such as "Arise" and "How Great is Our God."
Sound techs and computer wizards help make the church service seamless.
Singing from their hearts, the dedicated worship team leads the congregation in uplifting God's name.
Praise God, for He is good!
While the music is uplifting, the congregation considers giving praise to God a higher priority than simply singing for its own sake.
Taking the stage in his usual humble style, the pastor opens his time with the congregation with announcements and a prayer. A witty story precedes the sermon. This week, the pastor is preaching from the book of Romans. He knows the material is controversial, because it talks about the sinful condition of man and his hopelessness without God. He is passionate in his delivery, and the congregation responds well to his message.
The people of the church listen in attentive silence. Occasional "Amen"s pepper the air, and the shuffle of Bible pages turning is audible, but all are taking in the message.
One visitor won't be coming back. If she expected to find a perfect church or perfect people, it's not a surprise she was dissappointed. One person alone is perfect, and his name is Jesus.
Despite the brief interruption, the service continues on in earnest. A few minutes past 11:00, the pastor concludes his rousing message with a prayer.
On the way out, many church-goers pause and catch up with friends and acquaintances.
As the church clears out, a few remain to talk and pray. They will be back next week, but now they have a mission - show God's love to the world for the rest of the week!