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  • Times for services

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    Worship services are on Sunday mornings at 11:00. During the Easter and Christmas seasons there are usually more services.

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  • What you will see

  • Someone once said, The Christian church is not meant to be an exclusive club that is totally wrapped up in itself. The church knows no boundaries when reaching out in love to others. Luther Rice certainly embraces this kind of thinking. Even our Vision Statement, recited at the close of every Sunday morning worship service, indicates that we consciously strive to be an ethnically diverse people, empowered by the Holy Spirit, a community of faith and service. That's a long way of saying whether you are red or yellow, black or white, you are precious in God's sight and in the heart and mind of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church. All are welcome here. As you can see by the pictures on our website, our congregation is a genuine mix of race, culture, and age.

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  • Holy communion / Lord's Supper

  • Referred more commonly at Luther Rice as the Lord's Supper, we observe this important practice during morning worship on the first Sunday of every month. It is a tangible reminder of Christ's Last Supper with his disciples before He was crucified on the cross. We regard the bread (usually a round, paper-like wafer or a very small piece of bread) as a symbol of Christ's body that was broken when He died to show God's love for all of humankind. We regard the cup (grape juice usually served on a tray in small, plastic cups) as a symbol of Christ's blood that was shed when He died to show God's love for all of humankind. All those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord are invited to take part in this Lord's Supper. Most individuals participate in the Lord's Supper for the first time after they have been baptized. During a Lord's Supper service, after these elements have been distributed to all participating individuals present, it is our usual practice to consume the bread/juice simultaneously at the moment indicated by the pastor. Those who do not wish to participate, or who are not yet spiritually ready to participate, simply pass the plate to others seated on their pew.

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  • Joining the church

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    Church membership is a serious step. Looking for a church to meet your needs is only half of the consideration that should be made. One should also find a church where service can be offered. Luther Rice strives to meet the needs of individuals, and it also strives to be a church through which individuals can make real contributions through personal service. After time and consideration have been given to both availability of spiritual nourishment and Christian service opportunity, speak to the pastor about your desire to become an official part of the church family. She will then invite you to make your intention known by merely walking to the front of the church while everyone sings the last song on Sunday morning.

    If you are a member of a multi-person household, it is encouraged that you make selecting a church a group decision. For example, where a family chooses to worship will affect family members from infant to adult. Parents should be intentional about involving children in the decision-making process. Everyone can be included in times of shared prayer when God�s guidance is requested for locating the right church for you.

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  • Baptism

  • When a person is being baptized, the ceremony will usually be early in the service. We practice baptism by immersion. This means that baptism occurs in water, following the example of Jesus� baptism as it is described in all four of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Once you publicly profess belief in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you will be encouraged to be baptized. This is done no matter what your age. Baptism is regarded as a testimony or public announcement of one's faith. Furthermore, it is symbolic of what happens to a Christian when a new life of faith begins. When a person is immersed, it is like saying, "I am forever forgiven for my sins." When a person rises from the waters of baptism, it is like saying, "I will walk in newness of life." While a person does not have to be baptized to be a Christian, the church encourages that all of its members be baptized believers.

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  • Baby dedication

  • A baby doesn't know that he or she believes in Jesus and therefore is not baptized. However, many parents choose to dedicate their babies. A Baby Dedication involves a litany of prayerful promise that all effort will be made by parents, family members, and congregation alike to lovingly guide and teach the child in a way that enables him/her to know and experience God's love. Sunday morning worship services immediately before or following Thanksgiving are often regarded as particularly good times to include Baby Dedications.

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  • Favorite sermons

  • The sermons are pdf files (read by Adode Reader). Click on the sermon to open it in a new window. Close that window to return to this page.

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  • Sermon Topics for April 2013

     

    • April 7, 11:00am: Sermon: Hearing the Voice of Reason in the Face of Conflict Acts 5:27-32

    • April 14, 11:00am: Sermon: Hearing the Voice of God in the Face of Conflict Acts 9:1-6, 7-20

    • April 21, 11:00am: Sermon: The Church, Entrusted with the Power to Create New Life Acts 9:36-43

    • April 28, 11:00am: Sermon: Now Is the Time in Which the Future of the Church Pivots Acts 11:1-18

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