As our guest at McDermott Road, expect to be greeted with a smile and an expression of our genuine appreciation to you for taking the time to visit one of our assemblies.
Driving down McDermott Road, you will see a large, colored, digital sign marking our main entrance. Just beyond that is a circular drive marked for guests to drop off family and friends, with guest parking nearby. Upon entering the building, the youth and children’s wing will be immediately to your right, and the worship center to your left. If you are attending one of our services, please feel free to take a seat wherever you would like; your comfort is our priority.
Here at McDermott Road, we take our worship very seriously. We desire to sing praises to our almighty Father using the voices God has given us. (1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12)
If you do not know the songs we sing, it is not a problem. The words and music will be projected on our screen. The screen and bulletin will also reference page numbers found in our song books located beneath the seat in front of you.
There are countless reasons for us to be thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross. One reason is that prayer allows us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to communicate freely with our God. We believe that prayer is extremely important to keep ourselves focused and aligned with God and His will. We believe in the power of prayer and we often pray for specific desires or needs.
Our God inspired His scriptures for a reason: so that we might learn from them. Every Sunday a Biblically-grounded sermon will be given, and each lesson will be founded in Scripture while its preparation will have been saturated with prayer.
Most Sundays, James Waugh will be preaching. We do not refer to him as ‘Father,’ or as ‘Pastor,’ but simply as James. No one involved in the service will be wearing any special clothes, or will be set apart from anyone else at all. We are all God’s sons and daughters, regardless of position in any earthly place, including a Church. We have no hierarchy of faith. We believe that we are all a priesthood of believers (Matthew 23:8-12; Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Peter 2:5,9).
While it is not our goal to manipulate you or guilt you into making any decisions, as Christians we are called to share the Good News with everyone, and it is our desire for you to join the Body of Christ. Because of this desire, there will be an invitation to align yourself with Christ in baptism after the sermon is over.
This time, however is more than just a time for baptisms. Our elders and ministry staff will be present in the front of the auditorium after the sermon and in James' office (located off the main foyer) after the service for any need you might have. They will be available to hear concerns that have been laid upon your heart, to pray with you if you are struggling, and to rejoice with you if you are rejoicing. If someone does come forward to be baptized, they will be baptized by immersion for the forgiveness of their sins according to the scriptures (Acts 2:38, 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12).
Most importantly, this is not a time to feel pressured. You will by no means be expected to come forward or to identify yourself in any way that makes you uncomfortable.
Because of the great sacrifice that was made for us, Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, we are saved. It is our desire to never forget that sacrifice. We follow the teachings of the New Testament and the example of Jesus Christ. We therefore partake in communion every Sunday in remembrance of His sacrifice.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:26-29, ESV).
We encourage baptized believers to partake in communion every Sunday. Joining with us around the Lord’s table should be a confession of one’s faith, and each person should examine themselves before partaking, “For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.” (1 Corinthians 11:29-30, ESV). If one is not in the right state of mind, they should feel free to pass the plate or tray to the next person.
A short devotional will be offered by a member of our congregation, reminding us of the importance of Christ’s sacrifice, followed by a prayer and the passing of plates of unleavened bread, symbolizing the body of Christ, broken for us. Each participating individual will break off a piece and eat it.
After a few more comments, a prayer will be offered for the cup which symbolizes the blood of Christ. Each participating individual will take a cup and drink it.
As a guest, you are not expected to give. Please feel free to pass the collection plate down the row. Our time for offering is for members to sacrificially give from that with which they have been blessed. We know that nothing is achieved without the grace of God, and that our resources have come from Him. Knowing this, it is our desire to glorify Him with our gifts, as seen in the model of 1 Corinthians 16. Again, there is no pressure for our guests to participate.