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why we do what we do
For most people church is now an alien event. Over the course of the 20th century Sunday church services morphed from traditional to professional to entertaining. One good thing, today when one visits a church you can't be sure what you'll experience. A bad thing about visiting a church is you have no idea what will happen.

Most churches around the world share common practices, although these practices are increasingly expressed in surprising, creative, even unsettling ways. Most churches work hard to offer meaningful worship experiences.

Hope Community seeks to be a biblically authentic church. We understand that to mean participatory. Sunday gatherings are designed to encourage and nurture participation. We don't want an audience. The New Testament church was a place of "edification," a gathering of Christ-followers where comfort, care, conviction, correction, creativity and challenge was found by humble and repentant people.

Join us as we explore why we do what we do. God may use you to help us discover how we can do it better.


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sunday monologues conclude with Q&A
Traditionally called a sermon; usually signifying a one-way discourse. However, sermon can be a conversation. As was practiced in the earliest centuries of the church, Sunday sermons conclude with Q&A.