Worship begins promptly at 4:00pm at Rogers Memorial ARP Church at 1820 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC 29730 (across from Sullivan Middle School).
When you arrive, greeters will be happy to show you where to go! If you have a little one, someone will show you where the children go for children’s church but the children start and finish with us in the sanctuary. Our greeters will offer you a gift as well as a copy of the Book of Common Prayer (if you prefer to hold a book instead of use the screens). They’ll also answer any questions you may have and introduce you to our pastor.
Musically, the worship service will be blended with both old and new (a fancy term would be “ancient-future”). We will sing hymns regularly but also the most recent worship songs.
Our worship services are completely drawn from scripture and are rooted in ancient traditions almost as old the Church herself. These services follow a calendar that moves us through seasons of remembering our Savior’s story that impacts our story. Our worship services flow through the same parts every week:
Celebrating entering God’s presence. We do this by singing songs celebrating God’s presence in our midst, remembering Christ’s summary of what it means to be a part of the Church and praying together for the rest of the service.
Hearing God’s word. We read a lot of God’s word. We hear an Old Testament passage, we recite a Psalm passage, we hear a New Testament epistle passage. The reading of God’s word culminates in hearing a passage from one of the four gospels. And we do this by hearing the reading from the middle of the congregation, a memorial of the fact that our Savior came into our midst and walked among us to save us.
Responding to God’s word. We do several things in our response to God’s word. It starts with a sermon on one of the passages read. Our response continues with reciting the Nicene Creed to remind us in whom we believe. We pray for ourselves and others, we confess our sins and hear that we are forgiven and we take a moment to share peace and love with others in the congregation.
Feasting at the Son’s Table. Celebrating the Eucharist (Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion) every week is very essential to us. Instituted by our Lord and Savior the night he was handed over to die for our sins, this remembrance fills us physically and spiritually as we once again look to the truth that Jesus died for us and through him we are reconciled to the Father.
Going to serve God. We thank God for feeding us, we receive a blessing and we celebrate that God sends us out into the world, to do what St. Francis of Assisi wrote: “We are called to heal wounds, we are called to unite what is broken, and we are called to lead home those who have lost their way.”