Rescue Church Web Site Title

4200 Green Valley Road
Rescue, CA • 95672

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:23-25



Like everything else we do, worship services at the Rescue church of Christ are based upon instructions given in the New Testament. The purpose of these services are "first of all" to worship our God because of his love for us, and as he has asked us to do. Secondarily to this is that it is also a time to educate and encourage disciples in their faith. The primary day of worship is Sunday, the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 20:7).

On this day, we come together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by sharing the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-34; Acts 20:7). 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 life.

A good portion of our worship service 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. At each service one of the men of the congregation--either the minister, one of our elders, or one of the other men--delivers a prepared lesson based on the Bible. These sermons are not theatrical nor boring (well, at least most of the time), but 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. And we take up this collection only in our Sunday service--not at other services we might have throughout the week. 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.