Church Service

Church service is a formal gathering of Christian worshippers who often gather in a building weekly or daily

These services comprise of believers gathering in one accord to study the word of God and get encouraged in the Christian faith. it goes beyond a service held in a well-structured physical building. It is a religious gathering filled with the ecstasy of enjoying intimacy with God. And most times, with the advent of digital marketing, church services can now be held on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and website platforms. In order words, church services has gone beyond holding meetings in physical structures to being virtual, hence, virtual church service. 

Since a place does not affect the church service, it is the program itinerary that defines what a church service is all about. Let’s look at a brief history.

HISTORY

Most of Jesus Christ’s teachings while on earth was done in public gatherings. Even before then, the Jewish people always gathered in the temple to commune with God.

After the coming of Jesus Christ, in a bid to spread the gospel, his disciples started forming groups and churches where they can hold church services, share teachings, discuss topics, pray and sing.

Fast forward to the contemporary church service, it all began during a movement known as the Jesus movement. Where different denominations were established. This movement paved way for a variety of music styles in church service, such as Christian rock and Christian hip-hop.

And today, church service has moved from the traditional style to the contemporary model of conducting a church service. To add that, church services are now held online on different social media platforms.

 

TYPES OF CHURCH SERVICE

A close look at the article non-denominational will give you an insight that the church falls under two categories – the denominational and the non-denominational. This goes a long way to define the activity line-up or program itinerary for every church services.

A lot of rituals go down in a church service, ranging from the music sung by the choir or congregation with the presence of instruments such as the piano, modern bands, classical instruments. Hymn recital, prayer service, reading of scriptures, taking of holy communions, collecting of offering, Sunday school classes either before or after the main worship service.

All these activities are greatly influenced by the church’s denomination but a common feature is that all are means through with believers’ worship and communicate to God.

To engage members and help them keep to their faith, church services typically includes:

  • Regular Sunday church services: The Sunday service is the regular service you attend on Sundays. Distinct from one another, some churches begin their service by the sound of a bell, others begin with worker’s prayers. The Sunday service comprises opening prayer, praise and worship sessions, reading of psalms, hymn recitations, collecting of offerings and preaching of the word.

  • Midweek church services: This is an offshoot of the Sunday service. Mostly done with the sole aim of keeping believers in faith through bible sharing popularly known as bible study and prayer meetings.

  • Holiday church services

  • Wedding church services

 

  • Funeral services

  • Baptismal church services

  • Confirmation church services for the Catholics

  • Ordination of clergy – bishops, pastors, priests, deacons and deaconess 

  • Communion church services

  • Dedication and opening of new church buildings. 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

How well do you enjoy church service? Does it seem like the conventional corporate gatherings you attend in church or there’s more to it? Depending on the meaning you give to it, here’s a general notion. A church service is characterized by moments of communal worship mostly held in a secluded building known as the church building which could be a temporal or permanent building.

However, church services do not exclusively occur on Sundays as other churches worship on Saturdays like the Seventh Day Adventist. In times of war situations such as the Ukraine Russian war, church services are held in secluded places.

 

House Church Service

House service is also known as home cell or house fellowship. It is a Christ centred small group meeting, held during weekdays or weekends. This is a church service designed to allow members to bound with each other, to know and win other non-Christians through the gospel of Christ in love and humility.

In Some countries of the world where sharia or communism is applied, government authorisations for worship are quite complex. Especially for Evangelical Christians. Because of the persecution of Christians, evangelical house churches have thus developed. 

 

Mega Church Service

Churches where more than 2,000 people gather every Sunday). In some of these megachurches, more than 10, 000 people gather every Sunday. For example Omega Fire Ministries International with its branch church in Houston Tx.

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SOME STANDARD ELEMENTS OF A CHURCH SERVICE

Church services as mentioned earlier varies, these variations come with a liturgy of rituals and more complex ceremonies. A church service can be formal or informal for example, in a large building or in a small living room. 

Whichever, there are certain elements that recur in most church services

Prayer

Prayer is a standard element in church services. It is a means to communicate to God, praise and thank him. 

Bible Reading

The bible no doubt is the standard of living for every bible believing church. Therefore, it has become a central piece for every church service. Mostly read during the sermon, or during a reading schedule in a church service. 

Sermon

This is a session in church services where the lead pastor, bishop or priest shares the word of God by giving background information and explaining the linguistic structure of an event in the bible and how to apply it to our daily lives.

 
  • Blessing

    Blessings are also at the end of church services. When the church service is over, people are usually dismissed with a blessing for the week or day. 

    Other standard elements of a church services are:

    Singing 

    Communion 

    Offerings and

    Baptisms 

Though culture, denomination and geographical location may affect the liturgy of church services, what matters most is that in every church services there is the unity of the spirit. So, are you looking for a church that conducts services that best defines your belief? Visit Omega Fire Ministries Houston a house of worship, transforming lives with the word and manifesting the power of the Holy Spirit through healing and deliverance.