Blessing the World
Genesis 12:3 says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So for those of us who are Christ followers this is one of our major tasks, to be a blessing in the world.
Veritas seeks to be a blessing in a number of ways:
During First Friday, our space, the Community Room on King, becomes an art gallery for new and emerging artists.
During Third Friday, our space becomes a music venue for up and coming musicians.
Every 5th Sunday of the year (4 times a year) we hold our 5th Sunday Day of Service when we gather for service instead of our normal worship gathering.
We also spend time serving the local community, as well as partnering with various non-profits throughout the year.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Our desire is that we would grow deeper in our journeys with Jesus, as well as disciple others to grow in their faith journeys.
Veritas seeks to grow deeper in our discipleship in a number of ways:
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM we gather at the Community Room on King for a worship gathering. This worship gathering normally includes a time of musical worship, prayer, interactive conversation about how we live out our 3 core values, a biblical message, a dialogue around applying the message as well as ministry for kids during the message.
During the week the Veritas community meets in smaller communities throughout Lancaster. For three weeks our community groups have a rhythm of 2 UP gatherings which include prayer and bible study, and 1 IN gathering which is anything that the group decides on in order to build community. The fourth week all of our community groups get together and participate in an OUT gathering, a way of being a blessing in the world.
Everyone in Veritas is also encouraged to be a part of an LTG (a Life Transformation Group) which is made up of 2-3 people (of the same gender). These LTG’s meet at least every other week for an hour and do 3 things together: Hear and Obey, Repent and Believe, and Consider and Pray for those who don’t yet know Jesus.
Twice a year we gather around “The Table” for a time of preparation, a simple meal, feet washing and communion.
Sharing Life Together
Acts 2:46-47 says, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” The early followers of Jesus did life together more like an extended family rather than just a bunch of disconnected people
Veritas seeks to live out life like an Oikos, a greek word meaning household or extended family. For that to happen we need to be in each other’s lives more than just on a Sunday morning for an hour or two.
Veritas seeks to share life together in a number of ways:
During the summer every Sunday night we gather at Long’s Park for their Summer Music Concert series. We hang out, eat, listen to the featured performer, and just build relationships. This also gives people a safe place to invite people to get to know the Veritas community.
Every Third Sunday of the month we host our Veritas community lunch following our worship gathering. We pull the tables together, each person brings some food to share and we just develop relationships around the table.
But most of the time sharing life happens not from an “official program” but just from people being intentional about sharing life together whether over a cup of coffee, a dinner table, a movie, or just being together doing nothing in particular.