Our Sunday Worship Services
We come together to explore, discover, and affirm what is of deepest worth in life. Though we avoid imposing fixed answers to the eternal questions, we do address ourselves to them, and we apply our tentative answers in daily life.
During the summer months, i.e. from June 12 through September 11, there is a single service at 10:00 a.m.
As a growing congregation, we hold two services each Sunday morning from September to mid-June. The first service is from 9:30-10:35, and the second from 11:15-12:25. The services are nearly identical. Each has the same sermon/message and order of service, except that the second service is slightly longer to allow for possible Congregational Response (see below).
After each service we enjoy Social Hour, with refreshments and conversation.
Our minister leads about half of our services over the course of the year. When he is away, the morning's message is offered by guest ministers, outside speakers, or individuals from our congregation. We appreciate the variety.
Features of the Worship Service
Our standard order of service includes singing and featured music, rituals of community, a time of quiet reflection and a central message. With our diverse personalities and theological viewpoints, each of us could probably name features in our worship services that do and do not reflect our personal preference. Because we value diversity, we focus on what is meaningful for us and bear heartful witness to what may be more meaningful for others.
JOYS & SORROWS is a ritual that offers the opportunity to share joys and sorrows with the congregation. Congregants may write a brief entry in the Joys & Sorrows Book before the service begins, and these entries will be read aloud by the minister (or worship leader) during the service. Out of respect for one another, we exercise self-discipline by sharing only personal losses, celebrations and important life transitions -- not announcements about our recent activities or commentary on world affairs. We also limit the frequency with which we write in the book, to no more than once or twice per month.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (11:15 service only) is a time for people to offer their own perspective on the message of the day. The minister or Worship Leader tries to call on people who have not spoken recently. Speakers should always be respectful in tone and intend their remarks for the benefit of all.
We have large print hymnals available on our hymnal cart, located just inside the door to the sanctuary. Assisted Listening Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the audio booth located in the sanctuary. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the service begins if you'd like to use one of the devices. For more on accessibility, see What to Expect on Sunday Morning...
A full program of religious education for children and youth occurs at the same time as the 11:15 service. At the 9:30 service we offer nursery and preschool care only. See your first visit with children?