Some of the things that are part of our services, regularly or occasionally:
Worship through music:
We will sing several songs throughout the service (hymns as well as more contemporary songs) as a corporate act of worship.
Each service incorporates a teaching portion (a sermon) from one of our pastoral staff, or occasionally a guest speaker. To listen to some of our archived sermons, click here.
During every service we will have a time of corporate prayer. One of the pastoral staff will lead the congregation in prayer.
Giving of our Tithes & Offering:
The offering plate is passed as an act of worship for our regular attenders to give back a portion of what God has blessed them with. Please do not feel any obligation to participate – it is perfectly acceptable to pass the plate on by.
Serving of Communion:
We participate in taking Communion once a month, generally on the first Sunday of the month. We eat a small piece of bread or cracker and drink a small amount of juice from individual cups as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour (a believer) you are welcome to participate in this ordinance as well. Please do not feel obligated to participate – once again, it is perfectly acceptable to pass the plate on by.
Here at McKernan Baptist Church we baptize by immersion. This is a public declaration of a believer’s personal commitment to Christ. Usually, the individual gives a testimony of what Christ has done in their life, then the pastor immerses the individual in a pool of water as a symbol of dying to self and being raised to life in Christ.
Child dedication is an act of the parents dedicating themselves to raise their child in the ways of Christ. Generally the parents say a few words about the child and to the child. Following this a pastor will pray for the child and the parents. This does not constitute salvation for the child, rather a desire to see the child raised up in the knowledge of Christ so that one day they will be able to make a decision for themselves.
We regularly have the privilege of commissioning McKernan attenders as they follow God’s leading into various ministry appointments, short-term missions and long-term missions opportunities. This often involves a brief overview of the work they are planning to do, followed by a prayer to send them out.