Every church has a worship culture.
Typically over time worship becomes predictable, familiar and unfortunately comfortable. Our Encounter Services are characterized by a culture of expectancy and a belief that God is always doing something. Simply put; We anticipate God ‘showing up’ and His presence commanding a response in every realm of creation; spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical. We believe that the authentic worship God desires, is a genuine response to Him from the heart of the worshipper.
Worship is a very important part of our church and at the very core of MCC is a passionate desire to be true worshipers of Our God and King Jesus Christ. We see worship as a crucial part of carrying out our vision for each person to personally encounter God.
What is worship?
John Wimber wrote, ” . . . that worship is the act of freely giving love to God. Indeed, in Psalm 18:1 we read, ‘I love you, O Lord, my strength.’ Worship is also an expression of awe, submission, and respect toward God (see Ps. 95:1-2; 96:1-3). Our heart’s desire should be to worship God; we have been designed by God for this purpose. If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone else.”
Worship involves not only our thought and intellect, but also our bodies. Throughout Scripture we see such forms of prayer and praise (worship) as singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, kneeling, bowing down, lifting hands, and so on. Therefore we encourage freedom of expression in worship at our Encounter Services. We strive for an atmosphere of openness that allows the Holy Spirit to minister through spontaneous worship, prayer, miracles, divine healing, prophecy, as well as in worship-music and the preaching of the Word. Our encounter services are anything but predictable and comfortable; though they are life giving and comforting.
Worship is a heart issue.
We encourage everyone to take time to prepare their hearts for corporate worship. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 tell us, then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God. A most significant word in that verse is the word, then. Only then! When?
Only after years of fashioning temple utensils and furnishings, building the temple itself, training and sanctifying priests and musicians, and the Levites and Priests practicing and perfecting their temple activities, was a house for God was finally ready for His presence.
After the resurrection Stephen preached “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: Acts 7:48
The Apostle Paul clarified this writing, Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
We encourage everyone to come to corporate worship as a vessel of worship who carries Holy Spirit within himself. The power of my encounter with God in worship often depends more on what I bring, than what I receive from the service, music, or preaching.