Every Sunday morning, Veritas gathers to worship and receive from God, and to encourage one another. We don't gather on Sundays to check a box, to earn anything from God, or to be entertained, but to devote ourselves to hearing the Gospel, celebrating baptisms and the Lord's Supper, and to sing and pray to God our Father. All are welcome whether you're a seeker, skeptic, or believer to come and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus.
We start at 10:00am (come at 9:40am for coffee, refreshments, and relationships).
Emerson Academy of Dayton, 501 Hickory St, Dayton, OH 45410. You can enter through the front entrance, and there will be signs and people to help you locate the gathering area.
There are parking lots off Hickory Street on both ends of the facility. There are handicap parking spots available in either lot, and the smaller lot to the right is designated for families with small children.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
STORY SHAPED WORSHIP
Initially, the amount of structure, reading, praying, standing and sitting and kneeling, may be a bit of a shock to the average person who comes to our worship gathering. But our desire in the way that our worship gatherings are formed is that we want to rehearse and remember the story of the gospel every week, in order to reorient our hearts to Jesus. Every Sunday, we move through the story of the Gospel—God's glory, our guilt, God's grace, and our gratitude. You'll find that we spend a lot of time reading the Bible, listening to the Bible preached and taught, praying, and singing together. We also celebrate the Lord's Supper every week as a church. Our worship gathering, with all of the ancient practices and rhythms, is carefully structured to rehearse the story of the Gospel in order to remind us of God's story and to form us as people of God's story.
Christianity is a singing faith. In fact, one early African pastor said that "he who sings, prays twice." That's why, in Ephesians 5:18-19, Paul tells us to "be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." When we gather, we sing in response to the glory of God, to celebrate the person and work of Jesus, and to encourage one another.
We believe that the entire Bible is God speaking to us (2 Tim. 3:16) in order to reveal Jesus to us (John 5:39; Luke 24:13-35). Because of this, every Sunday we have sermons from the Old and New Testements in order to help us to understand the Bible, apply it to our lives, and grow in our love for God and our neighbors. We also believe that the Bible is all about the person and work of Jesus. Because of this, we preach the Gospel of Jesus every Sunday.
Every Sunday, we celebrate the Lord's Supper together as a meal of remembrance, communion, and hope. Because Jesus lived the life that we should have lived and died the death that we deserve to die, we look back and remember what he accomplished for us. But Jesus is also alive and ascended in heaven. Because of this, we also enjoy communion with him as we receive the Lord's Supper. Jesus told us to observe this meal until he returns (1 Cor. 11:26). Because of this, it's also a meal of hope causing us to look forward to his return when he will make all things new.
We desire to be a part of and to celebrate God's work in the lives of our children. Because of this, as a church we want to serve our children, and make them feel loved and cared for. Children of all ages are welcome in the service. But we have also provided a safe environment in our Family Ministry Classes for children (ages 6 months to 5 years old) to learn and be discipled by teachers and volunteers that have been trained and background checked. Ultimately, parents bear the responsibility of their children's discipleship. Because of this, we provide a Weekly Worship Guide for family worship and devotions throughout the week. The Weekly Worship Guide includes a Scripture reading, catechism question and answer, a hymn to sing, and some additional ideas every week. In addition to that, every time there is a fifth Sunday of the month, we have a Family Worship Sunday where we bring all the children into the gathering to celebrate what God is doing in our families. The Family Worship Sundays for 2019 will be March 31st, June 30th, September 29th, and December 29th.