Friday, July 11, 2008

One facet of Impact life is our worship services. We have two simultaneous services: one in English and one in Spanish. Both begin at 11:30 am followed by a meal together at 1:00pm. The Spanish speaking meeting area is transformed every Sunday from a meeting area to a dining hall. As soon as corporal worship activities end, Spanish-speaking members empty into the hallway as some of our English-speaking members join a few of our Hispanic members in putting away and setting up chairs and tables for the meal. Even while Impact members are listening to a sermon, members of a visiting congregation will be preparing to serve the meal in the large, industrial size kitchen. This is a great time for all of our members to mingle and spend time together.

Every six weeks or so, we also combine the two services for a large bilingual service where we utilize bilingual members in leading biingual prayers, songs, or readings of the Word of God. Sermons are either translated or presented bilingually.

Visual communication plays an increasingly important role in our time together as we become more and more capable with PowerPoint and Media Shout enhancements in the presentation of songs lyrics, scripture, sermon points, and transitions. Already certain ministers regularly use props, art, and testimonies to enhance their presentations. Posters accompany the current series of lessons.

These are things that we do for edifying the body. They are small details that accompany the main focus: presenting Christ as our Lord! He is the one that can make an Impact in the lives of everyone we serve. We use our tools and our opportunities to reflect His glory, praise His name, and presenting hope found in Christ to a lost and hurting world.

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