We want you to visit us at the Muscatine Church of Christ.

And we want you to feel comfortable. But we know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating.

So, let us tell you what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.

Background

A brief description of our background may help you understand us.

We are a part of “The Restoration Movement.” Our goal is to “restore” the New Testament church in our time – to determine from the Bible what the church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal. We want to be a Bible-centered church. And we try to be.

Now, let us walk you through a worship service. There may be some variations from this description, because every church of Christ is autonomous, self-ruled, independent.

Setting

Some churches of Christ meet in homes or rented facilities. However, most, for the sake of convenience, have erected a church building. You will enter what we refer to as the “auditorium.” There will be rows of chairs or pews for the worshipers.

 

There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.

Singing

One of the unique things about churches of Christ – and something you may find strange – is that the music is “a cappella.” That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments.

This is a conviction with us, not just a preference. It has its root in our restoration heritage. We are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern. Since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we believe it’s best to exclude it too.

You may consider us narrow on this point; but we believe you will respect our reason for it and our conviction. And we think you’ll find the singing meaningful, with everyone being invited to participate.

Prayers

There will be several prayers during the service. And there may be prayers for specific needs and requests.

Preaching

You will notice that the preacher doesn’t have a title. He will be referred to as brother. Or Mister. Or just called by his first name. He won’t be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments which set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers, that all are equal (as found in 1 Peter 2:5 & 9 and Revelation 1:6).

The sermon will likely be from 20 to 30 minutes. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered.

Lord's Supper

If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord’s Supper will be included in the worship proceedings for baptized believers – because the churches of Christ observe this memorial every Sunday. 

Again, the reason for this is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of the week. We assume from this that they did it the first day of every week. And we know from respected historians that in early centuries the Lord’s Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration.

During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will break off a piece of bread and eat it, remembering Jesus' body that He laid down as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups contain the “fruit of the vine,” usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood Jesus shed to make atonement on our behalf. Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups, remembering Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.

If you chose not to participate, don’t be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.

Offering

Also, if you visit on a Sunday morning, containers will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering, as we see the early Christians were told to do in 1 Corinthians 16:2.

As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row.

What Will Be Expected of You

Nothing at all!

 

You are welcome to participate, but don’t feel obligated to. Just observe if that is your choice.

You may be asked to fill out a Visitor’s Card. This simply provides information so the church can write or call to thank you for your visit. Supply the information if you are comfortable doing so, but feel free to decline this request if you prefer.

The People

What kind of people can you expect to find? Pretty much the entire spectrum, as in any group.

We’re a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds, from different countries, as well as different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. We haven’t arrived, we’re just on the journey - together.

But, you see, we were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or righteousness.

We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. That’s the reason we can worship together, stick together, and, with God’s help, accomplish His will here on earth.

Bottom line - You will find people who love Jesus, love the Bible, and seek to do God's will by the power of His Holy Spirit.

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(563) 263-4750

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3603 Mulberry Ave

Muscatine, IA 52761