Today at ucjc
There are some things about our church that you'll probably notice quickly:
Music is big at Unity Church of Jesus Christ -- we started as a nondenominational gospel choir at Penn State almost 40 years ago, and praise remains at the roots of just about everything we do. Singing isn't mandatory to be a part of the church, but we want you to feel free to jump right in and give it a try -- no matter how good/bad you might think you are. You're likely to hear just about any kind of sacred music -- from traditional hymns to the latest contemporary Christian anthem, from dancin' praise to wordless worship medleys, with an occasional blues thrown in. If the music is intended for God and/or His people, you may hear it during a UCJC service.
As you might imagine, freedom is central to a UCJC Sunday morning service. God is free to revise our order of service as He pleases, and you are encouraged to stretch yourself in following the leading of the Holy Spirit in expressing and walking out their relationship. This can and does lead to the unpredictable and unexpected, because you are encouraged to "work out your salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that it is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do, of His own good pleasure." (Philippians 2:4)
Lots of attention is given to the preaching, teaching, sermons and other means that God uses to speak to us. Sermons usually last about 30 minutes, and should always have a Biblical basis while making a connection to daily life.
Gifts of the Spirit
This can be somewhat controversial, but not too confrontational. If an attribute is mentioned in the Bible -- prophecy, speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit -- we're open to seeing it walked out within our body. Don't feel that you have to embrace anything that you are uncomfortable with, and feel free to approach an elder or pastor if you have any question about what you see.
We are a hugging church. That is, we hope you feel free to give and receive physical appreciation to your brothers and sisters in Christ. It's not mandatory, and it's not intended to make you feel awkward or pressed upon. The principle at work is striving to be "the only Jesus that some people will ever see."
Fervor -- heartfelt passion in seeking God.
This can lead to rapturous moments of uplift as well as challenges as God calls for increasing intimacy and commitment.