The call to worship is led by the pastor and elicits responses from the congregation as outlined in the weekly program prepared by the pastor.
We typically sing a contemporary Christian worship song from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Chris Rice, Casting Crowns, and others.
The pastor offers the invocation and leads the congregation in the Lord’s prayer. We sometimes recite alternate versions of the Lord’s prayer to remind ourselves God inspires many ways of worship in the hearts and minds of his followers.
We sing, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.”
Everyone is welcome to share joys, concerns, praises, and petitions for prayer in the community.
One ancient and significant gesture in worship is the passing of the peace. Passing the peace is a tradition rooted in Scripture that embodies our identity as peacemakers (Matt. 5:9; 2 Cor. 5:20) and trains ours hearts, hands, and tongues in the ways of peace.
Today in many congregations we may pass the peace during a mutual greeting, after words of assurance, prior to celebrating the Lord’s Supper, or at the conclusion of a worship service. At these times we leave the comfort of our seat, turn to our neighbors, grasp their hands, and speak the words, “The peace of the Lord be with you” and receive the words in turn, “And also with you.”
Morgan Valley Christian Church follows the standard Liturgical Calendar for bible readings. Members of the congregation take turns during the year reading the assigned scriptures. The pastor reads the gospel scripture.
We sing either a traditional hymn or contemporary Christian worship song depending on the message being shared that Sunday.
The pastor shares the inspired message for the week that is usually based off one of the liturgical calendar scriptures for the week. The sermon strives to show the relevance of the scripture not only in Jesus’ time, but also in our lives today.
Communion is prepared and served the first Sunday of each month and is available to anyone who wishes to receive it. Gluten free bread or crackers are used. Wine and juice are offered as part of communion.
The dictionary defines doxology as “an expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.” We sing a doxology and voluntarily give tithes and offerings to support the church and ministries that we elect to support each year.
The Quiet Time With God musical portion of our service is designed to provide meditative time at the conclusion of the service to allow ourselves time to process the message and just permit ourselves some one-on-one time to hear from God. The music varies from instrumental, to contemporary, to traditional, to county western depending on what the Holy Spirit dictates.
We conclude the service by gathering in a circle holding hands and sing a closing song together, “Walk with me, I will walk with you, and build a land that God has planned where love shines through.”