Because we are governed in all things by the Bible, the inspired word of God, our worship is patterned after those New Testament elements found in the first century church. The New Testament describes five distinctive acts of worship and the Mentor church of Christ incorporates all of them into worship services. These are described below:
The early church of the New Testament would worship by singing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” We continue this tradition today by congregational singing in an “a capella” manner – meaning without instruments.
"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." - Colossians 3:16
"speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;" - Ephesians 5:19
Prayer is our way of communicating with God, and allows us to express our concerns, make requests to God, and to give thanks.
"With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit," - Ephesians 6:18
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." - Philippians 4:6
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;" - Colossians 4:2
Christians are called to preach the gospel of Jesus. A prepared message is given at both our morning and evening Sunday services. We also have Bible classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for open-ended discussion and teaching of the Scriptures.
"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation'." - Mark 16:15
"Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him." - Acts 8:35
"And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead." - Acts 10:42
Members are encouraged to give during weekly contribution if they are able. The weekly contribution is used for several areas of our congregation’s work, including building maintenance, outreach and fellowship opportunities, mission work in the community and elsewhere.
"On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come." - 1 Corinthians 16:2
" Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 9:7
THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is a memorial that was instituted by our Lord the night of His betrayal and arrest. The emblems used are unleavened bread and grape juice which symbolize the body and the blood of Jesus. We partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.
"While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.'" - Matthew 26:26-29
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread…" - Acts 20:7
All scripture references above are taken from the New American Standard Bible