What's a Rite?
In short — an established, ceremonious, usually religious act. MCC pastors conduct several types of rites, including holy unions and weddings. The Rites listed below are described in our church bylaws.
- The RITE OF ORDINATION is the setting apart of
duly qualified persons for the professional ministry of this Church. It
is evidenced by the laying on of hands by authorized ordained clergy.
- The RITE OF ATTAINING MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH shall
be conducted by the pastor or pastoral leader before a local congregation
at any regular worship service. After completing classes for instruction
in the beliefs and doctrines of the Church, a baptized Christian may become
a member in good standing of the local church group through a letter of
transfer from a recognized Christian body or through affirmation of faith.
- The RITE OF HOLY
UNION/RITE OF HOLY MATRIMONY is the spiritual joining of two persons
in a manner fitting and proper by a duly authorized clergy or Interim Pastoral
Leader of the church. After both persons have been counseled and apprised
of their responsibilities one toward the other, this rite of conferring
God's blessing may be performed.
- The RITE OF FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE is to be
fittingly conducted by the ministers of the Church for the deceased.
- The RITE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS or prayer for the
healing of the sick in mind, body or spirit is to be conducted by the ministers
of the Church, at their discretion, upon request.
- The RITE OF BLESSING may be conducted by the ministers
of the Church for persons, things and relationships, when deemed appropriate
by the minister. This includes the dedication of a church building to the
glory of God.
Two sacraments are also integral to our church family:
Baptism and Holy Communion
BAPTISM by water and the Spirit, as recorded in the Scriptures, shall be a sign of the dedication of each life to God and God's service. Through the words and acts of this sacrament, the recipient is identified as God's own Child.
HOLY COMMUNION is the partaking of blessed bread and fruit of the vine in accordance with the words of Jesus, our Sovereign: This is my body...this is my blood. (Matthew 26:26-28). All who believe, confess and repent and seek God's love through Christ, after examining their consciences, may freely participate in the communal meal, signifying their desire to be received into community with Jesus Christ, to be saved by Jesus Christ's sacrifice, to participate in Jesus Christ's resurrection, and to commit their lives anew to the service of Jesus Christ.