When You Enter
As you enter the sanctuary, you’ll be greeted by one of our greeters and passed a worship bulletin. Copies of previous worship bulletins can be found here. The worship bulletin provides you with all the hymn, scripture, readings, and prayer references that will be used all throughout the service.
During the Service
Our morning worship service starts out with a prelude sung by the choir. During the prelude, a Deacon processes into the sanctuary as the acolyte and lights the candles on the communion tables. These candles are the Gospel, Epistle, and Christ candles. The prelude alerts the congregation that worship is starting and that it’s time to settle in.
Welcome & Announcements
At the conclusion of the prelude, the minister will stand and address the congregation. Announcements will be made, visitors will be welcomed, and the congregation is given time to make known any event that wasn’t printed in the worship bulletin. The pastor sits, the choir sings an introit, and our time of worship together officially begins.
Call to Worship
The call to worship is read responsively and is printed in the worship bulletin. A responsive reading is where the pastor reads one line and the congregation answers with another line.
Three times throughout the service, the pastor will ask the congregation to stand as they are able and sing a hymn. These songs will typically taken out of the New Century Hymnal.
The congregation is then seated as they say together the Opening Prayer found in the worship bulletin. The opening prayer is a request for the spiritual presence and blessing of God during our worship service.
We then call the children down front for a brief children’s message. The Children’s Moment may include an object lesson or a song that relates to that morning’s readings. From September to June, the children are then dismissed downstairs for Sunday School.
Each week, we follow follow passages from the Revised Common Lectionary. The RCL is built around the seasons of the Church Year, and includes four lections for each Sunday. During most of the year, the lections are: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading.
Prayer of Confession
In the middle of our scripture readings, we recite a Prayer of Confession. The Bible tells us that all people have sinned and fall short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). We are not perfect creatures, but we should strive to be the way Jesus has shown us to be. If we truly love God, we will want to please Him. God affords us every opportunity to confess our sins, to be instantly forgiven, and to reap eternal rewards. In fact, He says we should take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). This verse means to deny selfish desires and to choose a righteous direction in life. When we pray the Prayer of Confession, we are beginning a renewed relationship with God.
During the Message, the pastor stands in the pulpit and preaches on various topics found in scripture. The message may or may not relate to the lectionary for that week. Find copies of past messages here.
During the offering, the Ushers collect what is offered by our congregation in the form of pledges, loose and special offerings, or whatever monies they wish to contribute for the work of the church.
Joys and Concerns
A very important time of our worship service occurs when we share our joys and concerns. It’s important to keep the pastor and those around you informed of both your joys and concerns. These can include hospitalizations, deaths, births, and marriages. By caring for others as God cares for us, the bonds of Christian love are strengthened.
The service ends with a benediction – a declaration of blessings from God upon all His Children.