Worship

Hearing the Word

Guest Speakers

Here are a few things to expect during our worship:

  • A warm welcome… Our congregation is known for its friendliness and family-like atmosphere.
  • We love to sing…By choice, we love acappella music with four-part harmony.  Our worship music is beautiful, whether you are actively singing or listening. Using only our voices to praise God, the words are clear, distinct and have deep meaning for worship.
  • We are a diverse group… combined of men, women and children of many ethnicities, incomes, ages and cultures.
  • We all participate…since we have chosen to be a preacher-less congregation at this point, we all share in the sound of our assemblies. In our gathered time together, we have both men and women praying, reading Scripture, serving, preaching, and song leading. (Read more about our decision for full gender inclusion here.) In this we demonstrate that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
  • A unique message…a group of folks, led by our minister Steve Sargent, purposefully dream, initiate, and implement our gathered worship times with thoughtfulness and hope. Following the church calendar and the lectionary texts, they look ahead and plan months in advance. By listening to the texts and trusting God’s Spirit, any one of our gifted and insightful folks may be asked to preach on a certain day and on a certain Scripture. The message given by the individual is unique in style, delivery, and content. Other Sundays, those texts might lead us to morning of testimonies or a day of prayer or a time of service to others.
  • Table Fellowship…on the last Sunday morning of each month, we set up 20 or so tables in our flat-floor auditorium. Worshipping around tables like this allow for lengthier time to eat and drink the Lord’s Supper together. We share lives, pray for one another, and remember that Jesus is among us.

In worship, we encounter God and one another, we praise God for all God is doing among us, and we strengthen our relationships with each other. Worship enables us to go out into the world and live our faith with courage and grace.

While much thought and planning is given to our worship, we allow many to participate and leave room for God’s Spirit to work. Our worship time together typically includes praise, acapella singing, prayer, listening to God’s Word read and proclaimed, intercessory prayer, and sharing in communion. As an open and welcoming community, we extend a warm invitation to you.

 

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