Worship on Sunday is at 9:30 a.m. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month. The Lord’s table is open to all. Hymns are drawn from the 1988 UM Hymnal, The Faith We Sing supplement and the Global Praise songbooks and contemporary sources.
Special Seasonal Services include Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter.
Our worship time is contained within four movements wherein we take time to gather, to proclaim the Word of God through Scripture readings, music, video and other vehicles. We are then invited to respond through prayers for ourselves and others, offering music, gifts through giving to make God’s presence visible through ministries of the United Methodist Church. As we go out again, we are called by God to reach out with God’s love and grace in our daily life, informed and inspired by our time of celebrating God. These containers give us structure while keeping worship fluid and receptive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
The Revised Common Lectionary
Our church uses the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) which provides a three-year plan for Sunday readings starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas day. We are currently using the readings in the B cycle. For each Sunday and festival, four readings are suggested to include: a Gospel reading, a Hebrew Scripture, a reading from Psalms and a New Testament reading. The RCL is a work of the Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada who produce liturgical texts for use in common by North American Christian Churches.
Each year of the RCL centers on one of the synoptic Gospels (Year A- Matthew, Year B- Mark, Year C- Luke). John is read each year in the the major seasons of Christmas, Lent and Easter. For much of the year, the Hebrew Scripture is closely related to the Gospel reading. However, from the first Sunday after Trinity Sunday to the end of the church year, two provisions have been made: a continuation of the complementary readings or a semi continuous pattern of Hebrew Scripture.