Worship Ministry

Worship Ministry

Mission Statement

We believe that God calls us to “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8) Seeking to be faithful individually and collectively to God’s will as it is revealed to us, we strive to be a church that is:

† A place where worship is spiritually nurturing and intellectually challenging;

† Open to all people because we believe that our differences, as well as our common affirmations, strengthen us as a caring community of faith;

† Appreciative of tradition, but committed to faith that is contemporary and vital;

† A community in which each participant plays an active role in our shared life and ministry;

† Actively a part of the worldwide Body of Christ, through participation in the United Church of Christ and its ecumenical partners everywhere; and

† A catalyst for personal and collective involvement in God’s work of mercy, love, and justice in our community and the world. 

  The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

Worship Ministry

Sacrament of Word

Our Sunday morning worship begins at 11:00 AM each Sunday morning.  Worship is designed around the liturgical calendar with the hymns, scriptures, prayers, and sermon reflecting the texts appointed for that day.  As the seasons change, Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to Lent to Easter Tide to Pentecost, and the season after Pentecost the order and components of worship change.

Sacrament of Word and Table

As part of our worship, on the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.  The form of the liturgy also changes according to the season, or in the case of a High Feast Day, occasion.  At times we serve communion to those gathered in the pews, at other times we serve communion at the front of the Sanctuary.  We use various liturgies that range from formal to informal narrative.

The table is open to all who wish to respond to God's invitation.  No one is turned away!

Feast Day Services

Throughout the year, particularly Advent through Pentecost, we celebrate designated Feast days:

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Watch Night
  • Epiphany
  • Baptism of the Lord
  • Transfiguration
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Palm Sunday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter
  • Ascension Day
  • Pentecost
  • Trinity Sunday
  • Reformation Sunday
  • Reign of Christ

Occasional Worship  Opportunities

During certain times of the year we have Worship opportunities on Wednesday night.

  • Advent Contemplative Prayer
  • Lenten Prayer Study

We are always seeking alternative opportunities to worship as a community.

Children in Worship

Your child is welcome to stay in the sanctuary during worship, or you can entrust them to our nursery; it is your decision.  Children may not worship like adults do, but they are growing in understanding, and learning to take their places in the church family.  Some fidget, giggle, get noisy, and wiggle.  Even so, they are learning:

  • that it’s important to come to this place each Sunday
  • that they are a part of this special church family
  • that the sights, sounds, and feels of this sanctuary are good, though not always understandable 
  • that they should participate in song, in prayer, and in offering

Children are part of this congregation, and they should be among the worshipping people.  Of course, we do not want children to be disruptive of other’s worship experience. Together we can find ways to enhance a child’s experience and care for them if they are having a bad day.  We value your child’s participation in worship.  No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.