Worship

Our worship is "blended," which to us means it is both rooted in Presbyterian tradition and inclusive of contemporary and creative expressions of prayer and song.  Our preaching and teaching emphasizes God's abundant love for all people, exemplified in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our Sunday worship lasts approximately one hour and includes prayers, singing, a time for youth and children, Bible readings, music from the choir or our own or guest musicians, a message from our Pastor, and a freewill offering collection.  Visitors need not feel obliged to give an offering. We are glad to have you with us!

Sometimes we use media such as video clips and photos or artwork to help illustrate the teaching themes of the day from the Bible readings or during the message.  Volunteers help to run the technical equipment to make this possible.  We always welcome more worship volunteers!

Volunteers also read Bible passages aloud, lead prayers, collect the offering, greet people as they enter, sing in the choir or play music, and help to prepare the worship space through decorations and flowers.  Others help to prepare the bread and juice for Communion Sundays.

Some of our special worship services throughout the year include

Advent--During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we celebrate by lighting candles in the Advent wreath and singing seasonal hymns.  We often have a Christmas program by our youth, as well as a Cantata by our choir.  

Christmas--On Christmas Eve, we have a hymn sing, worship, and a reception with Christmas goodies to share.

Epiphany--a Sunday where we each receive a star with a "watchword" on it to reflect on throughout the year and help us to grow in spirit.

Ash Wednesday--for this Wednesday night worship service, we enjoy a simple dinner of soup and bread, followed by a short service of singing, prayers, and applying ashes to our foreheads.

Holy Week--for many years, we have shared worship services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with our friends at Peoples' United Methodist Church, also located in our neighborhood.  These services might include a special drama or other artistic interpretations of the Passion Story, and we also celebrate with a shared choir.

Easter--we celebrate with a joyful worship service and fill out the morning with a continental breakfast.  We also try to include something special for the children of the congregation.

Other themed worship services which we have correspond with wider ministries of the PCUSA:

World Communion Sunday--with special music and prayers from a different region of the world each year, we remember all our sisters and brothers in global Christianity.  We frequently use breads and decorations from around the world as well for this special day.  We also take a special Peacemaking Offering to support ministries of reconciliation and violence-reduction around the world and in our own communities.

Reformation Sunday--when we remember that as a church made up of imperfect people, even though we have reformed in the past, we are continually called to reformation now and in the future.