SOMA is the Greek word for the Body, the Biblical concept of the church.
The church is not a place or a building you go to…it’s the people who make up the Body – The visible representation of Christ called the church.
For as we have many members in one body…So we, being many, are one body in Christ.
- Romans 12:4-5
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. – Ephesians 4:4-6
It all begins and ends with worship.
We believe that simply filling a room with people means nothing if lives aren’t changed. SOMA is designed to be an engaging atmosphere for people to experience God in personal ways. When we meet together as a community, we worship in order to connect with God and each other.
We want our worship to be both grounded in real life and reaching toward the eternal. It’s not about perfect music or perfect people; it’s about joining the cry of a community honestly wrestling with what it means to follow Jesus.
There are 4 core values which guide all decisions made regarding SOMA.
- 1) Christ-Centered
- Everything…everything is about connecting people to Jesus Christ .
- 2) Clear
- Each word, thought, song, prayer, action is carefully measured and planned.
- We believe that this does not eliminate spontaneity, but rather gives freedom for its expression.
- 3) Compelling
- Though worship is always designed with God’s glory foremost in mind, it is undeniably done by people. That’s why each moment in the service is organized so that you’ll feel welcomed, involved, and connected to Christ.
- 4) Creative & Authentic
- We always strive for growth through excellence in our music, visuals and teaching.
- Transparency is key, though.
- We’ll never err on the side of performance, but rather on the side of authentic, clear communication as to how and why we use any action to worship.
We believe that worship is not something done for us or to us, but rather by us.
The ELEMENTS that we use for SOMA are:
- 1) Entrance: Time to gather from chaos, make connections and order thoughts prior to service beginning.
- 2) Word: The central purpose of our meeting time is to hear, receive and celebrate God’s Word.
- • This is done through both music and sermon.
- 3) Response: Worship is, essentially, our response to God. We respond through various actions throughout the service.
- • The most obvious is song, but the two main Responses that we participate in are Offering and Communion
- • Also implied in this time is the opportunity for you to take a next step
- 4) Going Out: Our worship continues as God’s message spurs us into action beyond service.