We invite you to join us as we gather for worship every Sunday at 10am at Penobscot Christian School. Whether you've grown up in a similar church, are used to a different style of worship, or this is your first time to church and you’re still figuring out what you believe, we hope this introduction will help lessen any anxiety that comes from visiting for the first time. God meets us right where we’re at, and calls us on a journey as we receive the life He created us to enjoy.
First, come as you are! The church is not made up of people who have it all together; it's made up of those who trust in the forgiveness and love of God in Jesus Christ. And even if you aren’t yet sure what you believe, we invite you to join us as you explore. Our goal is to meet with God, trusting that He has forgiven and will continue to transform us.
There is no particular dress code; on any given Sunday you will see people dressed in jeans or slacks, button-down shirts and jackets to T-shirts and polos. The best general description is probably "nice casual"--but you are welcome to come as you are comfortable.
When you arrive, there is plenty of parking in the school parking lot; park wherever you would like. The double doors farther away from the road lead into the school gym where we meet, and there will be someone to greet you as you enter. Please feel free to ask the greeter any questions, and you are welcome to either take any seat, or enjoy a cup of coffee prior to the service.
We begin at 10am with a reading from a Psalm led by our worship team (all are invited to stand and read aloud the portions that are in italics and bold). The Psalms teach us how to talk with God, and this is an invitation to worship Him together.
After an opening song, the pastor gives "God's greeting", which reminds us of God’s grace and that He has invited us all here.
Next, the worship team leads the congregation in three worship songs. This is an opportunity to both express our need for God and thank Him for who He is and what He does for us.
After this, our elder leads the congregation in a selection from an historical articulation of our beliefs. This is either taken from the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, or the Canons of Dort—reformed articulations of what it means to be a Christian. We are part of a "family tree", as we learn from God's work through Christians who have gone before us.
Next, we receive an offering. Please don't feel any obligation to give unless you desire. Giving regularly reminds us that everything we have comes from God, and is a way of saying thank you to Him.
After prayer, the pastor reads the Scripture passage, and then gives a sermon--as we seek to hear, believe, and apply what God is saying to us.
After the sermon, the worship team leads in another song, and then the pastor gives a final blessing from God.
On the third Sunday of the month, we remember Jesus' death and resurrection for us in communion (the Lord's Supper) after the sermon. We invite all who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who earnestly desire to live a godly life, to join us in participating in this celebration of His victory. This is a table for those who know their need God's grace in Jesus--for the hungry--and there's always room for one more!
After the service, we invite you to join us for refreshments (or, on the third Sunday of every month except in summer, to join us for a luncheon). We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you. Please don’t hesitate to email or call (below) if you would like to meet with Pastor Jonathan or another member of the leadership!
New Hope Church
A ministry of the Christian Reformed Church
To make more and fully devoted followers of Jesus
Office: 157 Park St. Ste. 23, Bangor, ME 04401
Sunday worship: 1423 Ohio St. SE, Bangor, ME 04401
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com (Pastor Jonathan)