I'm new, what's it like?
All are welcome at State College Assembly of God!! It doesn't matter your background, your spiritual status, your age, education, ethnicity or anything else.
If you do not have a church background of any kind, you will probably be struck by the impression that so many people have so much fun worshiping God. While no one is expected to express themselves in any particular way, many people will sing with all their heart, lift up their hands, even say "Amen" once in awhile.
Our service structure is quite similar to most Protestant services. There is singing, praying, a message from the pastor and a response time which takes a number of forms. Often we will invite people to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday morning service is contemporary in style. What we mean by that is that most of the music we sing has been written in our generation (the Holy Spirit is continuing to inspire writers today). Yes, we do some "oldies and goodies" but our focus is not primarily on using the art forms of yesteryear. So, we use a praise band (drums, guitars, etc.) and sing our hearts out.
If you do have a church background, you may find our form of worship a bit more expressive than what you may be used to. Some from strong Biblical backgrounds may even wonder if what we practice has Biblical warrant. It does.
For those who know their way around scripture, you may want to check out the following:
Why do we stand to sing?
Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with very loud voice. 2 Chronicles 20:19
Singing choruses, hymns, and songs in the Spirit...
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Why do we lift and clap our hands?
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. Timothy 2:8
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
Why do we have audible praises with our voices?
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name.
How do we pray for the sick?
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
What is prophecy?
I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.
1 Corinthians 14:5
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good... to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:7,10
Why do we have speaking in tongues and
interpretation of tongues in the church?
Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:39
Why do we seek to have this type of spiritual worship?
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
John 4:23, 24