What should I expect if I visit worship?
What should I wear? Any kind of attire is welcome. You’ll find some men in shirt and tie, others in khakis, and still more in jeans. Some women wear skirts or dresses. Others wear jeans. In general people dress “nice” but not overly “fancy”. No one will be turned away on the basis of their clothing.
How long will the service last? You can expect the service to last about an hour, give or take 10 minutes.
What is the worship style like? Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Mt Calvary, but as in any church, it may take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God and proclaiming what he has done.
Each week the service is printed in the worship folder. All the Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers are printed there for you. You are certainly welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along if you choose. Our Worship services have one major theme. The sermon, hymns, prayers and music all revolve around the Scripture readings for that week.
Music certainly is an important part of our services. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, all our praises are music to God as we respond to hearing His Word. When pondering God’s love for us and our opportunity to praise and thank him for that love, we recall the words of the Psalm writer: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1)
The services also usually include the following parts:
The Invocation – We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise him.
Admitting sins and finding forgiveness – We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks. Then we are assured of forgiveness because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
Bible Readings - We hear selections from God’s Old Testament prophets, Jesus’ apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor also gives a brief explanation of each reading.
Sermon - Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible-based sermon. We hear a message of sin and grace, along with God’s guidance and direction for dealing with life’s problems.
Response to the Word – We respond with offerings, hymns, and prayers for the things God has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked.
Parting blessing - We hear one last assurance of God’s care.
Mixed throughout these different parts of our service are hymns and short songs to praise God. We strive to use the best of both traditional and modern song. The traditional brings us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, and the modern connects God’s promises and his will into our daily lives.
Christians are called to love and serve one another. We feel that the best way to carry that out in worship is to use the best of music from the past and the best from today in one combined service. Some Sundays might seem more traditional, others might seem more modern. Still others might be seen as a mix. The constant is the message proclaimed in the words to the songs — the love of God for us, as expressed in Jesus Christ.