Frequently Asked Questions
You will receive a bulletin from the usher as you enter. This will provide you with an order of that morning’s service, which typically includes readings (some of which include the congregation), hymns, scripture, a “Time for Children” (during which the children are invited to come forward for a brief story or conversation), a sermon, a time of introductions, sharing and prayer, and a time for those who wish to contribute financial offerings to the mission and ministry of the church. During some of the worship components, the congregation will be invited by the worship leader to stand if they are comfortable and able to do so (these are usually marked with an asterisk* in the order of service). If standing is difficult for you, please feel free to remain seated—you won’t be the only one.
You will notice (and may have already) that music is very important at Lorraine Avenue. We enjoy a variety of music styles (including classical, jazz, folk, and traditional bluegrass gospel). As is typical of many Mennonite congregations, we especially enjoy four-part hymn singing. We also often include one or more contemporary hymns or praise songs, accompanied by guitar or other instruments.
Nevertheless, for most if not all of us, the short answer would be something like this: We believe that we were created in God’s image, for the purpose of living fulfilling lives in relationship with God and with one another. We believe that the world–and we–often fall short of God’s purpose for us. We believe that God is a God of grace, forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. We believe that Jesus Christ, through his life, ministry, death, and resurrection, revealed God’s character and purposes to us. We believe that Christ also offered a means of redemption and restoration to wholeness, in our relationships with God and others. We believe that God’s Spirit, the very Spirit that was at work in Christ, is also at work in and through us. Finally, we believe that the church, and specifically our church, has been given a mission: to be a reflection of God’s love, character, and purpose in the world around us.
We would love to have you join us!