A time for connection & encounter in a culture that can feel isolating
Our Sunday morning worship gatherings are the primary way that we are able share life with Jesus alongside the whole family. While the Sunday morning experience is not meant to be the end-all-be-all of the church life, we do believe it is important & healthy for us to regularly get together for meaningful connection, fellowship, worship, prayer, learning the way of Jesus, & seeking the abundant life of the Kingdom through opening ourselves to God’s presence among us.
Join us on Sunday mornings
Prayer Ministry - 9:20 AM
Worship Gathering - 10 AM
Cafe Shine | 248 Liberty St. NE | Salem, OR 97301
LOCATION & PARKING
We meet in downtown Salem in a coffee shop called Cafe Shine. Dress is casual. Come how you are; we have no dress code. Because we are downtown, parking is on the street. On Sundays, parking is untimed & free. There is also a free parking garage only two blocks away if you cannot find street parking.
PRE-WORSHIP PRAYER MINISTRY
Before we “officially” begin our worship time, we have an intentional space set-aside to receive prayer, encounter the healing presence of God, & join in praying for & ministering to others!
As a Spirit-empowered family, we believe that through his church, Jesus wants to continue God’s ministry of healing & restoration on the earth. So whether you sense a brokenness in you that is emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, in relationships… Whatever it is, we’d love to pray for you & seek on your behalf a beautiful & healing encounter with the living God in your life.
Our prayer ministry time starts around 9:20am and takes place in the prayer room at the back of the Cafe . A friendly face will be glad to show you the way to the prayer room when you come through the front door. All people, regardless of where you are on the faith journey, are welcome at our pre-worship prayer ministry.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE
When you walk into the building you'll be greeted by a few of our lovely family members who will be eager to introduce themselves & make you feel welcome. We have free coffee, tea, & water. Help yourself to as much as you'd like. On the first Sunday of the month, we have light breakfast snacks for you to enjoy.
There is some traditional seating as well as more casual seating (couches, tables). Sit wherever you feel comfortable! We try to start our worship gathering around 10am, but that's more often than not a loose guideline. We really value connection & conversation, so we try to give people as much time & space to do that as we can. If you have small children (0-4 years), you can sign them in & drop them off downstairs in our “Little Ones” room right at 10am.
THE FLOW OF OUR GATHERING
We start our gathering with a time of communal worship to God through song (& sometimes art, too!). Our worship time is meant to be formative & free. Engage with us during that time as you feel comfortable & as you feel led by the Spirit. Some people close their eyes & lift their hands, some may sketch or doodle or dance, while others are more reserved & use the worship time to just listen & reflect. We value freedom in letting people worship however God leads. We usually end our time of worship by creating space for silence, stillness, & then a litany (a simply communal prayer) or a confession of our shared historical faith.
After worship through song & art, we take a short break so people can stretch their legs & refill their coffee (Oregonians REALLY love their coffee). During this break, we release parents to drop their school age children (K-5th) downstairs for “Children’s Church”. This is an intentional time of spiritual formation that's meaningful & relevant… But most of all, our kids get to have a lot of fun! We believe God really loves when our kids can actually be kids.
After our short break, we come back together for community life announcements & a short teaching (usually 20-30 minutes) about the abundant life with God that we are invited into through Jesus, the one true savior & king. The teachings may vary in topic, but we always aim for teachings that are:
> Drawn from the inspiration of the holy scriptures
> Relevant to our modern life & culture
> Intellectually engaging & also applicable in daily practice
REFLECTION & RESPONSE
To end our morning together, we usually have a time for reflection & response. This sometimes looks like an open & organic time of prayer & prophesy. Sometimes it looks like discussion in small groups, sometimes it looks like silent reflection, & sometimes it might be going back into a time of worship. We do different things during our reflection & response time because we believe in listening to the guidance of a creative & diverse Holy Spirit.
The one thing that’s available for reflection & response every week is the sacrament of holy communion. We simply use baked bread & grape juice. We also have gluten free crackers for those sensitive to gluten. Communion (or the Lord’s table) is open to all throughout the entirety of our gathering. Some choose to partake in communion during our worship, some do it during our short break, & some wait to partake until this reflection & response time. You are welcome to come to the table whenever you feel God inviting you throughout the morning. We think it’s really special when families or friend groups go to the table together!
We believe that communion opens us to a mysterious encounter with the presence of Jesus by the power of the Spirit, as it has in Christian practice for two millennia. In the presence of Christ Jesus at the table, we remember him, we worship him, & we “re-center” ourselves around him & around what he has done for us:
> That Christ died as a sacrifice on our behalf, taking away the sins of the world
> That Christ rose from the grave, conquering through radical love the powers of evil, hatred, death, & darkness
> That Christ invites us into his upside-down Kingdom, where in him & through him we are restored & renewed into new creation
> That Christ will one day return to earth to complete God’s great mission of the restoration & renewal of all things into new creation
As the reflection & response time comes to a natural close for each person, many will begin to grab their children from downstairs & either hang around a little longer in the Cafe or head out to one of the many fantastic lunch spots around the city.
We hope by reading this that you feel more prepared & comfortable about joining us in our worship gatherings. We hope to see you on Sunday!