Normally our services are thematic and revolve around one central truth grounded in Scripture that ties everything together. Although this requires a fair degree of forethought and planning, we always seek to remain open to God’s Spirit leading us in a different way. Therefore, we maintain a measure of flexibility and spontaneity.
Our particular calling involves a contemporary style of music which we hope helps communicate Christ in a relevant way to our modern culture. This has been a common practice throughout history. For example, Martin Luther used various culturally familiar music styles in his hymns, and Handel’s Messiah was at first rejected as being too worldly and modern in style. This does not mean we do not value or use more traditional forms, just that we have an emphasis distinctive to our mission.
Clapping and Raised Hands
Many of our folks enjoy clapping or raising their hands in worship, both of which are commended in the psalms. We trust you will allow them such freedom and that you will feel free yourself either to participate, or not. Sometimes our folks will also clap after a song or drama. They don’t do so because they were entertained, but because they are thanking God and encouraging their friends. We encourage you to follow your own conscience.
Our messages address relevant topics that relate to everyday life. However, they are also based clearly on the Scriptures -- normally from one particular passage, which is taken in its proper context and explained and applied in an understandable way. Many times, these messages are part of a broader series as we work through particular books of the Bible.
We do not pass an offering plate or basket in order to avoid making our guests uncomfortable. Instead, we hope you will see this service as our gift to you. We invite those already committed to our ministry to place their offering in the boxes provided on their way in or out of the worship celebration.
Drama, visuals, dance, movie clips and more are often used in our services; not to entertain, but to help us appreciate how the Scriptures address real life. These forms serve to illustrate the sermon through beauty rather than the spoken word alone. (Ezekiel, Jesus, and other biblical figures often used various forms to communicate God’s message.)
Normally we have a time for greeting each other during the services, which is a current application of a practice that dates back to the early church. It reminds us that, in Scripture, public (or corporate) worship differs from private worship in that there is a horizontal (people-to-people) element, as well as a vertical (people-to-God) element.
We celebrate communion monthly in the Sunday Morning Services. We also have special services that include the Lord's Supper around Christmas and Easter.
We believe God is more interested in the state of our hearts than what we wear. (Scripture never outlines a dress code). Therefore, we emphasize freedom, whether formal or very casual, as long as we all remain respectful to the Lord, and caring toward others.
CDs are available for $4 each from the Information Center in the foyer. (Because of copyright laws, we are unable to tape the music portion of our worship services). Free used and miscellaneous message cds are available in the basket at the Information Center. You can also download our messages free of charge from our web site or sign up for our free podcast.
The worship service is on closed circuit television for parents with small children in the cafe area.
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Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC 28759
8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
8:30 am-1:00 pm Friday
Let's Journey Together
We welcome you to join us as we journey together into God's grace. Our passion is to pursue the message and promises of Christ with humility, authenticity, intellectual honesty and relevance. We believe faith is much like life – a process and a cycle of different seasons. You may be here for healing or to explore the claims of Christianity or to move into deeper relationships or to better serve those around you. Our desire is that you will experience the hope and encouragement of Christ without pressure or hype.