INFORMATION ON WORSHIP IN
THE GLOBAL METHODIST CHURCH
In the Global Methodist Church, we believe that Christ invites ALL to come to the Lord's Table. This means that we allow anyone to partake of communion - whether you are a member of another church or you are coming by faith for the first time to receive the grace that Christ is offering.
The Lord's table is open to everyone.
Our church practices water baptism in "both kinds," which means we baptize infants who belong to families that profess a faith in Christ and we baptize youth and adults who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. If you have questions or are interested in water baptism, our pastor will be happy to help you.
We believe that the Bible is God's inspired word. It is God's message to us . The Bible reveals God as the creator of all things, it testifies to Jesus Christ and his ministry, and it teaches us what a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life are like. As a church, we believe in biblical preaching. Biblical preaching, for us, is simply teaching and encouragement that is rooted in the words of the Bible and leads us to deeper love and knowledge of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
WORSHIP IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT ACT AS A CHURCH.
WORSHIP IS WHAT WE ARE CREATED TO DO.
We worship by praying together, singing hymns and songs together, and reading the scriptures together. All of these are gifts from God that draw us closer to Him and allow us to experience the grace, mercy, and love we need.
OUR WORSHIP STYLE IS "CONVERGENT"
In many churches, we have created short-hand expression for a certain approach to worship. Some churches are "contemporary "- which means they use modern praise songs to accompany their worship and to use less formal acts of worship. The other shorthand is "traditional." Traditional worship is the approach of worship that has been handed down through the church through the centuries. Traditional worship uses prayers that have been written for the congregation to pray together. Traditional worship makes use of hymns that have been collected over the years for their beauty and clear truths. Neither category is required by the Bible. In fact both speak to scriptural truths. We are called to "sing a new song" (Psalm 46) to the Lord. But we are also called to "Remember the former things of old" (Isaiah 46). At Riverview, we want to be Christians who don't worship a style, but worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We want to embrace the new things of the Spirit of God and the everlasting ancient truths of God. So we call this embrace of both: "convergent worship."
OUR DRESS STYLE IS
"COME AS YOU ARE"
Not too many years ago, you were expected to come to church in your "Sunday best." For men, this meant a suit and tie. For women, it was a nice dress and matching hat. The bible, however, never made any rules on what you had to wear to worship. So we don't make any rules or expectations either. Some of our members will wear a tie or dress, others come in shorts or jeans. There is no expectation of what you wear, only the call to "come as you are."
Sunday Worship At Riverview
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
WEDNESDAY COMMUNION SERVICE
Wednesday Morning Worship At Riverview
A MEANS OF GRACE
For several years, Riverview has hosted a Wednesday morning communion service. We believe having communion weekly makes us "good Methodists." The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, believed that coming to communion was the most life-giving and grace-filled Christian practice you could participate in. He called communion "a means of grace."
Our communion service, or "service of the Lord's Table," is much like a regular worship service. We pray together, sing together, and read the scriptures - but each week we conclude by coming to the Lord's table for communion.
STUDYING THE BIBLE
On Wednesdays, Pastor Luke prepares a lesson from the scriptures. This is a different style and content from Sunday. Typically, Pastor Luke will lead Wednesday services through a book of the bible over the course of several weeks.
Wednesday services are held in our chapel. It is on the first floor of the church, in the rear wing (near our parking lot entrance). The people who come dress casual, so come with what feels comfortable!