About Our Worship
Praising God is at the heart of our community. It happens in our regular worship services as well as in other times in the life of our congregation. Find out more about how we live out this part of our vision.
The 8:30 a.m worship service is a reflective service. Communion is offered each Sunday. Special music is provided. The sermon is the same at both services, and includes a Story for All Ages where children are invited to gather at the front of the church for a special lesson. Childcare is offered in the nursery.
A Taizé Service is held the fourth Sunday of every month at the 8:30 Service. This service is modeled after the services held at the Taizé Community in France, and is a worship experience wholly dedicated to prayer and to hearing God’s word, using song, scripture, and silent meditation.
The 10:30 worship service is a kid-friendly service that includes a Story for All Ages, where children are invited to gather at the front of the church for a special lesson. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. The Sanctuary Choir, the Peace Band, or special music is provided. There is childcare in the nursery at both services.
On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, the 10:30 service is interpreted in American Sign Language.
Healing Prayer is offered on the fourth Sunday of each month at 11:30am in the sanctuary. Healing Prayer offers the opportunity to share a prayer of concern with a caring person and receive a blessing.
The United Church of Christ celebrates two sacraments, baptism and communion. Baptism is celebrated both for infants and for older believers who have not previously been baptized. This sacrament is included in the Sunday worship service, after conferring with the pastor. Many persons bring water for the baptism from a place that is meaningful to them.
Through water at baptism, God embraces you — no matter who you are — and brings you into Christ’s Church. You become vital not only to a local church, but the wider Church. You share in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The church also promises to love, support, and care for you throughout your whole life. Baptized, you now participate fully in life of the Church and God’s realm. More about baptism in the UCC »
The United Church of Christ celebrates two sacraments, baptism and communion. We practice “open” communion, inviting all people to share the cup and bread, regardless of denominational affiliation or age. Grape juice and gluten free crackers are used so that all may participate. Together, around God’s welcome table, we recall God’s loving acts, we experience our oneness in Christ, we hope for a time when all will be fed, and we anticipate the fullness of God’s love and justice throughout creation. More about communion in the UCC »
Inclusive and expansive language
Inclusive and expansive language is used in our worship services. This is far more than an aesthetic matter of male and female imagery; it is a fundamental issue of social justice. Language that is truly inclusive affirms sexuality, racial and ethnic background, stages of maturity, and degrees of limiting conditions. More about inclusive and expansive language in the UCC »
The 4th Sunday of each month worship at 8:30 am is modeled after the services held at the Taizé Community in France, home to a community of Catholic and Protestant Brothers. It is a worship experience wholly dedicated to prayer and to hearing God’s word, using chanted prayers and meditative singing, scripture, and silent meditation. Communion is served; there is no preaching.
About the music: All of the music was composed for and by the Taizé Community. Each song is sung several times to allow meditation on the words, so that each song may become a prayer. About the silence: Following the scripture readings there is a period of silent meditation lasting approximately seven minutes. The silence is a time to still your hearts and minds, letting the word of God touch you wherever you are.
Prayers Around the Cross
Each Wednesday during Lent at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. A meditative worship which includes quiet singing, silence, prayer and the lighting of candles takes place as we journey toward Easter. The liturgy lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, based on each participant’s need for silence and prayer.
Prayers Around the Cradle
Each Wednesday during Advent at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. A meditative worship which includes quiet singing, silence, prayer and the lighting of candles takes place as we journey toward Christmas. The liturgy lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, based on each participant’s need for silence and prayer.
Worship Services (Year Round)
8:30am and 10:30am
Education Hour (September through May)