Like everything else we do, worship services at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ are based upon instructions given in the New Testament. The purpose of these services is to educate and encourage disciples in their faith. Our primary day of worship is Sunday, the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
On this day, we come together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by sharing the Lord's Supper. This is not a common meal, but a simple memorial of our Savior, similar to the brief ceremony instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper (Luke 22:17-20). It is an opportunity for each disciple to reflect on the meaning of Jesus' sacrifice in his or her life.
A good portion of our worship services is devoted to congregational singing. In keeping with New Testament instructions, our music is a cappella (without instruments) (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). The sound of the human voice is not only the purest expression of the heart, it also serves as a teaching medium, by which we encourage each other.
Preaching plays an important role in our worship. Sermons are practical expositions of Scripture designed to help disciples apply Biblical teaching in their daily lives.
We frequently pause in our worship services to offer prayer to God. Each prayer, led by one of the men of the congregation, is a combination of thanksgiving, homage and entreaty.
Also in our Sunday service, we take up a collection among members (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This is the only means of raising funds that we use. Even as we pass the plate, we stress that this is a responsibility of our members, not a plea to our visitors for their money.