Beginning- On Sunday morning at 9:00 am we come together for an hour for group discipleship,
in which we learn about God’s Word and its application to all areas of
life. Following that, we begin our Sunday morning service at 10:30 am. As
we find our seats in the Auditorium, we sing songs to prepare
our hearts for the service.
Music- The music we sing at MVBC is a blend of old
and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and
we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who
are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered,
while at MVBC, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not
previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which
emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over
performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while
encouraging passivity in the rest.
Body of Service- Our service begins at
10:30 am, led most often by a deacon or pastoral staff member. During
this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise and confession
to God and hear Scripture read.
Sermons- Preaching at MVBC is expositional,
meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical
passage. Sermons usually last around an hour and are packed with
material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate
between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the
Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Post Sermon- We may sing a hymn encapsulating the theme
of the sermon or pause for a brief moment of
silent reflection. Often there will be a brief announcement time while we worship through giving. A typical service is finished by 12:00 pm. We encourage fellowship after the service. A half hour later, you might still find folks talking
over the sermon and events of the past week.