Sunday Morning Worship
On Sunday mornings from September through May we offer two distinct opportunities for worship. The 9:00 service has an informal feel, and features a diverse range of acoustical music. The 10:30 service is in the traditional style, with organ music and choir anthems. Children are always welcome at both services. Come as you are, which means that jeans are just fine!
9:00am: what to expect
After the sharing of announcements, the service usually begins with an opening prayer, a congregational song, and the presentation of the weekly offering. The Sunday school children help with the offering collection, and then all of the children are invited to gather in the front of the sanctuary for a time with the pastor. After the children's time the congregation passes the peace (everyone tends to greet everyone, so this may take a few minutes), and the schoolchildren go downstairs with their teachers for Sunday school classes. The service continues with music, the reading of scripture, and the sermon. If it's a communion Sunday (usually the first Sunday of the month), the children return to the sanctuary so that they can participate in the sacrament. The service usually ends with a prayer and a sending song, as the congregation is invited to stand in a circle in the front of the sanctuary.
10:30am: what to expect
The worship service has four basic elements: gathering, confession, word, and sending. Gathering includes the sharing of announcements, joys, and prayer concerns; a call to worship; and the singing of a hymn. Confession includes a time of silence, a unison prayer of confession, a declaration of forgiveness, and the sharing of the peace with each other. The word (reading of scripture) is often preceded by a musical anthem and is followed by our responses, including the preaching of a sermon, the singing of a hymn, the prayers of the community, and the dedication of our weekly offering. The service concludes with a time of sending, which includes a congregational hymn and some words of blessing. Even when the order or content of the service may vary from week to week or season to season, the shape of the service is usually determined by these four elements.