9am Worship Service
Our 9am worship service is based on traditions and beliefs which have survived since our inception in 1893. The traditional hymns of faith often have profound and meaningful histories of their own, and performing sacred rituals such as baptism and communion often help us feel a connection with our collective past. As you might guess, through our Methodist roots, we are a musically robust congregation, and our service features our choir, our pianist/organist, and periodically, special musical presentations such as our handbell choir (The Emmanu-bells) and other musicians. At times, we also feature cross-cultural and international musical artists to enhance our message of faith open to all. American sign language interpretation is offered regularly in our 9am service. Sunday School is offered for children grades K-5 and Middle through High School.
10:45am Worship Opportunities
Starting in September during the 10:45 worship times, we will continue our contemporary services on two Sundays, while the other two Sundays will provide different opportunities to share God's love. The second Sunday each month, called "The Gathering", will include a short devotional followed by conversations relevant to today's issues with guest speakers. The fourth Sunday of each month, "Mission Sundays", will provide time dedicated to local missions with hands-on activities.Learn About The Gathering
Communion On First Sundays
On the first Sunday of every month we celebrate the sacrament of communion (also known as the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper) together. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free bread with a designated cup each time we serve communion. We practice what is called an “open table” and invite all people to participate in communion with us. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you're from- we hope you will celebrate with us!
We are moving into the Pentecost Season and Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. The focus of the upcoming season is to grow in our discipleship. It is the season when we open ourselves to the leading and guidance of the Spirit to move into unexpected spaces.
When God Came Down Like Fire
Pentecost is both an event in the life of the church and a season that lives out the implications of the event. Pentecost Sunday marks the shift in the liturgical calendar from telling the story of Jesus, our Messiah and Savior, to telling the story of the church, the ones who choose to be disciples of Jesus the Christ. It doesn’t mean, of course, that we stop talking about Jesus or that the church doesn’t appear in the first half of the liturgical year. It does mean that this long season we sometimes call Ordinary Time is our time, the church’s time to remember the sending of the Great Commission and the empowerment of the Pentecost event and to live our faith out loud in the world, reflecting the values and priorities of the kin-dom of God. To shore us up for the long journey ahead of us, we remember the sending. We remember the moment when fire came from heaven and the power of the Spirit blew through the church with gale-force winds. And then we stop in adoration and awe as we consider the source of this power and the sustaining presence that is ours in this endeavor of faith. So, a short, two-week series this time, Pentecost Sunday and Trinity Sunday together. Join us as we remember together the time when God came like fire.Learn More
The Path of the Disciple: The Weight of the Call
A disciple is a follower. That means there must be someone to follow and that someone wants followers. Considering that, in the gospel accounts, Jesus said “follow me” more often than he said, “believe in me,” we can be confident that there is a call to follow laid upon anyone and everyone who seeks to draw closer to Christ. Yet even a cursory reading of the gospels will reveal that Jesus never undersold this call. He never tried to convince us that following was an easy or a simple thing. So, we begin our summer worship contemplation with consideration of the weight of the call. Throughout this four-part series, we listen again to the call of the whole people of faith, when God called Abraham to be the beginning – the genesis – of a new nation. Then we lay this ancient call alongside the words and deeds of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew as he confirms and enhances and redirects the call to be the church at work in the world. But here in part one, we are especially mindful of the radical nature of the call to leave everything behind and to live into a new reality, only then to discover the added responsibility of inviting the whole world to come to know the one we follow. Jump in as we consider the weight of the call.Learn More