For where two or more gather in my name, there I am among them.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ~ Colossians 3:16
1. the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. “the worship of God” synonyms: reverence, veneration, adoration, glorification, glory, exaltation
1. show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.
“the church gathered to worship God” synonyms: revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, honor, adore, praise, pray to, glorify, exalt, extol
The Basic Pattern of Worship is rooted in Scripture and in our United Methodist heritage and experience. It expresses the biblical, historical, and theological integrity of Christian worship and is the basis of all the General Services of the Church. This Basic Pattern serves to guide those who plan worship and to help congregations understand the basic structure and content of our worship. Though it is not an order of worship, a variety of orders of worship may be based upon it. It reveals that behind the diversity of United Methodist worship there is a basic unity.
Our worship in both its diversity and its unity is an encounter with the living God through the risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. When the people of God gather, the Spirit is free to move them to worship in diverse ways, according to their needs. We rejoice that congregations of large and small membership, in different regions, in different communities, of different racial and ethnic composition, and with distinctive local traditions can each worship in a style that enables the people to feel at home.
The Spirit is also the source of unity and truth. The teachings of Scripture give our worship a basic pattern that has proved itself over the centuries, that gives The United Methodist Church its sense of identity and links us to the universal Church. This pattern goes back to worship as Jesus and his earliest disciples knew it–services in the synagogue and Jewish family worship around the meal table. It has been fleshed out by the experience and traditions of Christian congregations for two thousand years.
Sunday Worship Service
Sundays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Mountain View’s Sunday service is a blend of contemporary and traditional worship that, while we do follow a regular format each Sunday, has a less formal feel. Service includes a greeting and opening prayer, praise and worship music, a children’s message, an offering, the message, and also includes special music and hymns, a closing prayer, and a benediction.
Communion is served the first Sunday of each month and appropriate holy days. All are invited to celebrate communion, but you can choose whether or not you wish to participate.
First Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Each month, we hold a special prayer meeting led by our Pastor that includes both communal and private prayer opportunities. The Pastor is available during this time to pray with you if desired. Mountain View has a prayer focus each week, and we also lift up those we know who are in need of prayer each time we gather.
All are welcome at His table …
Mountain View offers communion on the first Sunday of every month and on those holy days where it is appropriate. Communion is offered to all present who wish to receive it, regardless of church affiliation, membership, or age. You are free to participate or to not participate at your discretion.
Special Worship Services
Dates and times vary (see the Event Calendar)
Mountain View holds special worship services throughout the year. Traditionally, special services take place during the seasons of Advent and Lent, and during Holy Week. Other special services may be called and held in times of community, national, or global need.
“only in [His] presence [through worship], is there fullness of joy.” ~Psalm 16:11
We are called to worship the Lord daily. Many of us fail at this calling because we don’t know or understand how to go about worshiping God at a personal level. Are we supposed to try to hold a daily worship service in our homes or at work like the one we attend on Sunday? What is personal worship?
It can be confusing, especially for new followers of Christ. It’s a vital part of your faith walk, though, so don’t be discouraged! If you need help or guidance in developing a personal worship plan for you or your family, please see Pastor Mike. He will be happy to meet with you privately.