Our Worship Service
At right is a picture of the Redding Adventist Academy choir performing at our November 12 worship service. Below that is a picture from the June 18 children’s story with Bruce the penguin.
And below that are pictures of Adventurer Club Sabbath, June 25, 2011.
Click here to see pictures of our February 26 worship service featuring the elementary
and junior high music students from Redding Adventist Academy.
Our worship service begins at 11 am. This week, September 15, our service will
be presented by Pastor Ron Cook whose sermon is “Hope When Doubting.”
Click here to see this week’s order of service.
Most Protestants will be instantly comfortable with our service. For
others, particularly non-Christians, it may be a new experience.
We begin with a short musical prelude that is followed by
announcements, usually given by the pastor. A couple of minutes are
then spent in greeting each other.
The congregation joins in singing the Introit while the service
participants come onto the platform. One of the elders gives an
Invocation, a prayer for God’s presence and blessing on the service.
The congregation sings an Invocation response.
Songs of Praise follow, again sung by the congregation. These are
chosen to illustrate the sermon. We use music from the Seventh-day
Adventist Hymnal as well as more contemporary praise songs. This
segment concludes with a musical Call to Prayer, during which time any who
want may go to the front and kneel for prayer. Others will kneel at their seats.
The prayer is a time of praise and petitions to God for specific prayer
requests. A musical prayer response follows.
At the conclusion of the prayer a children’s song is played. The boys and
girls go to the rear of the room where they pick up small baskets which they
carry down the aisles collecting an offering that is credited to our Mission
Fund. This fund helps pay expenses for our members who go on short-term
mission trips. The Children’s Sermon follows—a story that is usually tied
thematically to the day’s sermon.
A musical selection is next, either a vocal or instrumental selection,
usually with one to four performers.
A scripture, chosen by the speaker to complement the sermon, is read
by a member of the congregation. The sermon follows, most often
presented by the pastor. The closing hymn is also chosen to emphasize the
The service closes with a benediction by the speaker.
Seventh-day Adventists practice open Communion. Every person who
accepts Jesus as their personal Savior is welcome to participate. In practice
no one will question your eligibility.
Unlike most Christians Seventh-day Adventists practice a foot-washing
service as part of Communion. Men, women, and families go to separate
rooms where basins and towels are provided. Participants pair up to wash
each others feet. This follows the example of Jesus who washed the
disciples feet prior to the Last Supper. Foot washing is a symbolic cleansing
and is an opportunity for things to be made right between participants if
necessary. Participation in the foot washing is voluntary and is not required
to participate in the rest of the service. There are always those who stay
behind and no discomfort need be felt by those who choose not to
Following the foot washing we reassemble in the church auditorium
where the bread and wine (non-alcoholic) are distributed to each
participant. Relevant scriptures are read in conjunction with the
consumption of the bread and unfermented wine. Also following the
example of scripture a hymn is sung to conclude the service. In general
no benediction is pronounced. Some congregations collect an offering as
people leave that is used for helping the needy.
Our next Communion service will be December 17.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
2828 Eureka Way, Redding CA, 96001-0221
530.243.1461 Fax 530.243.2811 firstname.lastname@example.org
“A church that is mission minded will not grow weary or weak.”
“This is the best web site I have ever seen.” Retired Adventist teacher.
The Sacramento River Trail in Redding.
American Trails, an organization that advocates for the use and construction of trails was so impressed with the expanding miles and interconnections of trails in the Redding area that they moved their national headquarters here.