|Praise & Worship||10:15 AM|
|Women's Bible Study||9:15 AM|
|Men's Bible Study||7:00 PM|
|Women's Bible Study||7:00 PM|
What I found
What I found
when I visited …
This beautiful century-old building has traditional stairs up to the entry doors. It also has an entry-level lift that takes me right to the sanctuary. Once inside, I find a mature and maturing congregation of believers who are striving to be a real family. I look around quickly to be sure I am dressed appropriately and I see folks dressed in everything from “finery” to quite casual.
At the beginning of the service, all were encouraged to tell of the things God was doing and had done in their lives. Next came a time of prayer for special needs. These people believe in prayer
About their praise and worship …
This congregation of saints loves to sing and worship the Lord. The whole congregation is the choir and I was encouraged to join in. We sang traditional hymns, gospel, as well as some contemporary songs. The music and worship leaders are not there to entertain but to guide all into praise and worship. There is no loud music or entertainment props, just good Spirit-led worship. Most people stood, some raised their hands in praise, and at times seem even clapped. The children attending remained with the adults and joined in the singing. The time of praise and worship was somewhere between twenty or thirty minutes
The children …
After praising and worshiping, the babies went to a nursery. The children from ages five to twelve were dismissed for a children’s time of ministry. The older children remained with the adults, encouraging them to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
The sermon …
The first Sunday I visited, one of the three elders preached the sermon. By three weeks, all three had given a message. Each one uses the Bible as their inspiration. The topics emphasized sanctification and encouragement to spiritual growth. Everyone, it seems, has their own Bible or some Bible reference device as they follow the messages. The messages last about twenty to thirty minutes.
Every other Sunday, communion is served as the whole congregation goes forward to celebrate together as as the family of God.
The emphasis ess focused on the Word of God. Maybe that’s why they are called Word of Life. I was asked if I was interested in further Bible study. There are classes for men, for women, and for both men and women together. After the service, people were there to visit with me for a few minutes, to ask if I had any prayer needs and to warmly invite me to come back again. There was coffee afterwards in the basement where I had the opportunity to fellowship with some of the people.
Word of Life - Vancouver
716 West 17th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660