Worshiping together is core to our community.
First Christian Church Pomona is committed to fine preaching and excellent music. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is central to our worship experience and is celebrated every week. Our large, well-lit sanctuary is designed to be a flexible space for the act of worship. Art, music, dance, drama, and multimedia can all be incorporated into the worship experience. Our Chancel Choir and Bell Choir are open to all. There are also opportunities during the week to gather for worship, spiritual development and prayer.
As a community of faith, we gather around and are in relationship with the One Holy and Living God. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a free tradition and therefore does not have a required order for worship. Instead we upon the rich resources of tradition, scripture, and the talents of our members to create a worship that both gives glory to God and provides a meaningful opportunity for us to encounter God.
Call to Worship: This is the beginning of worship. The leader calls the community to gather and begin worship.
Prayers: This Church is a house of prayer for all nations. When we pray we communicate a variety of important concerns with God. We pray to offer thanks, ask forgiveness, request support and healing for others, share our joys, our sorrows and our needs. Prayers are lead by the worship leader or pastor. Other prayers are spoken responsively or in unison. These prayers can be followed in the bulletin or on the screen at the appropriate time.
Music and Hymns: Music has always been an integral part of Christian worship. The Bible is rich with hymns. Musical imagery is an important mode of Christian expression. Music is an important way everyone can participate in worship. Hymns can be found in the Chalice Hymnal and on the screen. Two choirs augment our musical experience: vocal and bell choirs. “Sing praises to God, sing praises.” Psalm 47:6.
Scripture: We accept the Christian Bible as the authoritative guide to understanding our faith. The Scriptures are testimony to the faith and relationships the people of God cultivated with God. Reading Scripture in worship opens opportunities for all of us to discover the Word of God in our lives. “Give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting and to teaching.” I Timothy 4:13.
Children’s Sermon/Worship & Wonder: Jesus did not shun children but rather opened his arms and welcomed them. We celebrate Christ’s love for children by inviting the children forward to the Table. Here the message of the day is communicated on terms that children can both receive and act upon. Following the Children’s Sermon the children may attend Worship and Wonder during which they interact with biblical stories through several forms of expression: painting, clay, drawing, retelling the story using the multi-sensory materials.
Sermon: The central message of the Christian faith is the Good News of Jesus Christ. The preacher interprets scripture, current events and issues of importance to the community of faith in order to uncover and proclaim the power of God acting to transform the world.
Offertory: God blesses us with a great abundance. It is not possible for us to give back to God equally what God has given us. Providing offering is not about debt but rather but rather stewardship. God has entrusted us with many responsibilities including the transformative work of the Gospel. We dedicate these gifts to God so that they may be used to accomplish his will. “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that . . . you may share abundantly in every good work.” II Corinthians 9:8.
Communion: As the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, Christians gather at the table to remember Jesus Christ, to rediscover Jesus Christ and through him we meet God. In the tradition of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Communion is open to all who genuinely wish to be near to God and experience God’s love and compassion. The elements of Bread and Cup (grape juice) are distributed to the congregation after the Elder’s prayer. The Bread is taken individually. The Cup is taken together as a sign of our unity as the Body of Christ. “For as often as eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” I Corinthians 11:26.
Benediction: At the conclusion of worship, the congregation is sent forth into the world. We take with us the Good News of Jesus Christ and a renewed faith in God’s love and purpose for our lives. We receive a blessing from the pastor to go out and live the Christian life and participate in God’s transformative work. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.