One of the earliest writings of Presbyterian Church begins with these words (adapted):
Q: “What is the chief purpose of human life?”
A: “To glorify God, and enjoy God forever.”
At the center of a fulfilled and fulfilling life, is the worship of God, the Trinity of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that “worship is all that we are and all that we do, both inside and outside the church sanctuary.” As Christians, we worship God through every aspect of our lives: through the work of our hands during the week, through our personal prayer in our homes, through care of our neighbor and creation, through our life in community with God’s people, as well as through our praise and preaching on Sunday mornings. In every aspect of our lives, we seek to “glorify God and enjoy God forever.”
But at least once a week, on the Sabbath day, we come together in the sanctuary of the Lord to join hearts and minds and voices, to ‘joyfully give all praise and honor, glory and power to God, and to acknowledge God present in the world and in our lives.”
Our corporate worship is rooted and grounded in scripture, and shaped by the Reformed tradition. But it is also fed and enriched by many sources, such as the Iona Community, the Taize community, the practices of the early church, and the worship of the world church.
Those who worship with us will make many kinds of music – with organ, with piano, with bells and trumpet, with flute and clarinet and drums. Alongside the Bibles in the pews are two hymnbooks, the main sources of our corporate songs – the Glory to God hymnbook, and the supplemental hymnbook, Sing the Faith. In addition, the church uses its OneLicense to draw on other sources for hymns and spiritual songs.
On Sunday mornings, the Service for the Lord’s Day begins at 10:30, from September to mid-June, and at 9:30 from mid-June through Labor Day. On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The sacrament is also celebrated at occasional services throughout the year. Evening worship includes Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, advent and Lenten Services for Wholeness, and occasional services shaped in the pattern of retreat or contemplative worship.
Young children (ages 4 through second grade) begin their Sunday morning worship with the whole congregation. After a Time for Children with the pastors, they continue to worship in the Children and Worship hour, led by a team of teachers trained and called to lead and participate in worship with our young ones.
Child care for the wee ones (infant to 3 year olds) is available throughout the worship hour.
After worship, we continue our fellowship with refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.