The Bible says that when His people gather, God shows up. And over the years, we have seen that when God shows up, lives are changed.
Here’s some things that mark our weekend gatherings and some of the ways we worship Him together:
We have a primary value of studying the Bible together each weekend. We believe the Scriptures are the inspired word of God, filled with truths to build our lives and church upon, and as we study them, God leads us to a better understanding of who He is, who He says we are, and what our place is in this epic story He is writing.
The way we approach teaching at RHO is one of the things that makes our church unique. We do not have one “Teaching Pastor” that is assigned to any campus. Instead, we have a team of several people, all trained and equipped as teachers, who regularly teach our communities from God’s word. This includes our lead pastor, all our campus pastors, and other leaders that God has given this gift to.
Each weekend, there is a lot of music in our celebration services. It’s how we usually begin our time together, to focus our minds and hearts on Who we have gathered to celebrate. More than mere music, songs of worship are prayers of thanks, awe, need, and devotion that prepare our hearts to be changed.
The Creative Arts are a vital part of expressing who God is and telling the story of His work in our lives, our church and, our world. Through a variety of performances, galleries, and workshops, our weekends often include ways to inspire our community by utilizing creativity to point out the wonder of God.
We create space in our services to worship God by giving of our finances. Beyond being obedient to what we see in the Scriptures, we do this for a couple reasons. One, we believe He has already given us everything we have both as individuals and as a collective faith community. When we give of our finances, we celebrate His faithfulness to us and we are reminded that He can be counted on to meet our future needs as well.
Secondly, we want to be people that are open-handed with the things we’ve been given. We believe that if we together commit to lives marked by generosity, not only will there be more joy in that for us, but we will see the advancement of the Gospel in ways that might not happen otherwise.
As we seek God together, we ask that His Spirit would reveal Himself to us both for the sake of us as individuals and as a faith community as a whole. When God reveals, we want to respond. Our response happens in a few different ways; sometimes we invite people forward and asking our Prayer Team to minister to them; other times we sit still in reverence; other times we reach our hands for God.
By responding to Him and to His truth, we are both changed and equipped to live out His Gospel in our lives.
Prayer is responding to God by actually having a conversation with Him. Each week, following our study of God’s word, we take time to respond to what we’ve heard, through prayer.
Sometimes we simply sit quietly, allowing space for God’s Spirit to speak to us individually. At other times we may be given an opportunity to pray together as a community. And there are always people from within our church community who are available to pray with and for anyone who would like prayer for something specific. They are available during or after each service near the front of the stage.
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