MVCC Service Format

Services at Morgan Valley Christian Church typically follow the format below, but can change based on the service being conducted.

We try to incorporate elements of the faith traditions of our members, where possible, to make our services inclusive.

Worship services typically last 60 minutes.  Everyone is invited to participate in fellowship after service where refreshments are available to all.

Morgan Valley Christian Church Service Format

Welcome – Greetings – Announcements

Call To Worship

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.

Singing Our Praises

We typically sing a contemporary Christian worship song from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Chris Rice, Casting Crowns, and others.

Invocation And Lord’s Prayer

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.

Singing Glory Be To The Father

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.”

Prayers of the Community of Faith

Everyone is welcome to share joys, concerns, praises, and petitions for prayer in the community.

Passing of the Peace

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.”

Bible Readings

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.

Sermon Hymn/Song

We sing either a traditional hymn or contemporary Christian worship song depending on the message being shared that Sunday.

Sermon

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 (First Sunday of the Month)

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.

Doxology

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.

Quiet Time With God

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.

Gathering and Benediction

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.”