Amana Church Society
Order of Worship
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A time of quiet reflection, meditation and prayer to prepare our hearts for the Lord's message.
Reading of inspired testimony
God presented divine guidance of His inspired Word to our Church through men and women whom He chose as His (Werkzeug) instruments. Such testimonies, given between 1714 and 1883, were recorded and later translated. These inspired words, in all cases, correspond to the teachings of the Bible.
We kneel facing our bench in a show of humble submission to our Lord. One Church member will be asked to recite the Apostle's Creed followed by the presiding Elder's common prayer. This prayer is completed with the congregation reciting the Lord's prayer.
The presiding elder begins to read the announced scripture. His reading is followed by the other elders and then the members of the congregation - each person reading one verse.
Reading of Psalm
This reading progresses in the same manner as the Scripture Reading.
Congregation stands to lift voices of praise during the last verse.
Congregation remains standing after the last Hymn. Be seated when presiding elder is seated.
Stand as presiding elder stands. Exit single file by row.
Thank you for your interest in the Amana Church. It gives us great joy when visitors join us in worshiping our Lord, Jesus Christ.
It is our desire that you be as comfortable as possible while in our assembly. The following information may be helpful and enlightening.
The male and female membership enter and sit on opposite sides of the church. It is our custom and desire to worship the Lord without distraction. I Corinthians 7:32-35 addresses the undivided devotion to the Lord. Likewise, our hymns are sung a Capella with only the aid of song leaders.
All Amana church services are conducted by lay elders who sit facing the congregation. Elders serve voluntarily and conduct marriage, funeral and church services in a regular order.
The black cap, shawl and apron worn by our female members is another tradition rooted in the Word. I Corinthians 11:5 commands a woman to cover her head that she should not dishonor her head (Jesus Christ) while praying. The simplicity of this apparel serves us to remind us that we are all equal in God's eyes and that a woman's beauty is to be found in her soul rather than her adornment. (Timothy 2:9)
We welcome you to our services and pray anytime spent with us will be blessed.