What to Expect
When you walk into Riverview Church on any given Sunday morning, you’re joining a diverse group of people from many different backgrounds, family situations, and life circumstances. Many of us would have little in common were it not for the Savior who has reconciled us to the Father and made us one in him.
Because we have been shown extravagant kindness, we want you to experience that same welcome when you come to worship with us. We’ll meet you at the door with a smile and hand you a bulletin with sermon notes. Some people dress up and others wear jeans; it’s more about the heart we bring to God than our appearance. If you wish, your children can participate in our gospel-focused nursery and children’s ministries for an age-appropriate time of worship and instruction.
During our 10:30am service, we’ll sing praise to our God, greet one another, have the opportunity to give, pray together, and hear the Scripture preached. Here’s what to expect:
At Riverview, our music is characterized by a blend of contemporary songs and traditional hymns. While our music is an act of worship rather than a performance, we strive for undistracting musical excellence as a way to honor our Lord. Because we believe that the songs we sing are part of our teaching ministry, we’re vigilant to ensure they are doctrinally sound and reverently expressive. Our goal is God’s glory rather than our experience of worship, and so we bring both our emotions and our intellect to worship him in song.
Our hearts are rejoicing after we sing of God’s goodness, and that joy overflows as we greet one another. During this brief time, you’ll meet some of our people as they introduce themselves and welcome you to our worship together. We also invite you to our Welcome Center in the foyer after the service, where you’ll meet more of our members and receive a small gift as a thank-you for your visit today.
Part of our worship includes giving back to the God who has given so much to us. If you’re new, please don’t feel any obligation to contribute until you know our ministry more fully.
Worshiping God means communicating to Him our thankfulness and dependence. A pastor or elder will lead us in reading a portion of Scripture so we can allow it to direct our thoughts as he then prays.
The Bible is God’s inspired Word, authoritative and sufficient to teach us everything we need to know about God, man, sin, salvation, holiness, and heaven. Because of this, we place a high value on expository preaching—that is, preaching that is faithful to the text by examining it verse by verse and line by line. This is why we often preach through entire books of the Bible as a series, so that we receive the whole counsel of God.
Through all these things, we hope that you experience the love of God in Christ through the truths of his Word and the fellowship of his people. Join us!