Who We Are

The Setting 

We are a bilingual congregation.  If necessary, prayers, songs, and the bible study may be translated into Spanish for the benefit of all in attendance.  We have an average Sunday morning attendance of over 100 members.  None of the seats in our auditorium are reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.  Our worship assemblies are not led by clergy, but by our members.  The prayers offered, the songs sung, and communion shared are for all of us, and all have equal access.

 

The Sermon

The sermon is usually delivered by one of our ministers, however, at times guest speakers or other members of the church will deliver the message.

 

The Prayer 

There will be several prayers during the service.  There may be prayers for specific needs and requests

 

The Music

There will be several songs.  It may seem different to you because we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments.  This practice highlights the beauty of the human voice and draws our attention to the words being sung.  Song books are located in the bookrack beneath the seats.  When the song leader announces a number, you can turn to that number in the song book and find the words and music.  Often we will sing a hymn concurrently in both English and in Spanish.  We pray that you will find the singing meaningful.  You are invited, but not required, to participate.

 

The Communion

We follow the example of the biblical church by celebrating communion every Sunday (Acts 20:7)  We offer full fellowship communion and all Christians are welcome to join with us in this act of worship.  We ask only that people "examine themselves" to make sure that the experience is reverent and Christ-centered (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).  Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it.  Then partake of one of the small cups of the fruit of the vine as it is passed.  The unleavened bread symbolizes Christ's broken body and the grape juice symbolizes Christ's blood.  Please do not be embarrassed if you choose not to participate.  Just pass the plate to the person next to you.

 

The Invitation

At the close of the sermon, the preacher may offer an invitation.  This is simply a convenient time for anyone to make a commitment or request for prayer support.  He will encourage those who wish to respond to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings a hymn.  Don't feel uncomfortable at this invitation.  You will not be singled out in any way.  There may be several who respond, or none.

 

Baptism

Some may respond for baptism.  If anyone does, that baptism will be by immersion (Acts 8:35-39, Romans 6:3-4) and it will be for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).  Some may respond to confess sins and/or ask for prayers for a specific need.

 

The Offering

If you are visiting on a Sunday morning, collection plates will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).  As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation.  Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate down the row.

 

What will be expected of you

Nothing at all!  You are welcome to participate, but do not feel obligated.  Just observe if that is your choice.

You may be asked to fill out a guest card.  Please supply the information if you are comfortable doing so.  But feel free to decline this request.  Or you can communicate your personal situation or desire.  You may also contact one of the leaders at your convenience by calling one of the church members.

 

The People Here

What kind of people can you expect to find here?  You will see the entire spectrum, as in any group.  We're a diverse group, coming from various backgrounds, and at different stages of knowledge, age, and spiritual growth.

 

We do not know everything.  We may not do everything right.  We haven't arrived; we're just on the journey.  But you see, we are not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or our own righteousness.  We are brought together by our recognition that we are sinners and need the cleansing blood of Jesus (Romans 5, 1 John 1).

 

That is the reason we can worship together and, with God's help, accomplish the things that make a difference.

You won't have to look very far to find our failures.  But the bottom line is you will find people here who love Jesus and love the Bible.

For seekers of God's grace and truth who are not yet to the point of commitment, we offer personal bible study and spiritual guidance in making faith real and expressing that faith in obedience (Hebrews 11:6).

Mountain View Church of Christ