At Hancock we think there are four essential spiritual practices…
1 – Worship – to celebrate the power, the presence, and the love of God for the world. Worship can take many forms:
- Prayer, both private and communal
- Music, both listening and making music praises God
- Silence, in a world of constant din, making time for silence opens doorways for God.
- Proclamation, both preaching and testimony are important, saying what you perceive God is doing in your life, and listening to the witness of others
2 – Service – to give ones time and resources to those in need is an essential facet of Christian living. It too takes many forms:
- Contributing financially to the life of the church and to people in need creates generous hearts
- Mission trips to distant places help us understand new cultures, and challenge the way we live, even as our efforts improve the lives of others.
- Projects close to home give us the opportunity to be merciful, and thus be changed
- Advocating for the changes needed to improve equality, make peace, and establish justice.
3 – Learning – enriches our understanding, and widens our perspective; God speaks in many ways to many people. Again, many forms:
- Formal classes
- Daily reading of the Bible and/or reflections on faith
- Conversation with others about what you’re learning
4 – Fellowship – Simply being with others, sharing the life of faith in a variety of ways:
- Visiting and otherwise caring for church members in need.
- Going to fellowship events, talking and sharing
- Sharing your faith with others, in your own way, inviting them to join you at Hancock events.