Liturgy: What is said and done and by whom during worship
We are, afterall, Protestants. We want to meet God and witness to what the Spirit is doing in our lives. We want to sing, we want to read or listen to scripture. We want to call and be called, to proclaim and hear proclamation, to learn and discern and help others do so, to offer thanks, to be sent forth blessed. We want the "Amen!" to sound from us!
How we are invited and gathered
We believe God calls us to worship and is present in our gathering.
We ring the bell ten minutes before worship begins. Anyone, especially the children can help by asking the assigned bell ringer (the person with the step stool getting the rope out of the bell tower.) Often folks gather in the Narthex (the room outside the Sanctuary) for greetings and fellowship. Those who wish a few moments of quiet meditation and private prayer often go into the sanctuary.
Folks are invited to come together in the Lord's name through greetings, music and song, prayer and praise; and the people declare that the Lord is present, empowering our worship.
We read the Call to Worship and sing an opening hymn while the light of Christ is carried in and the Christ candles lit.
Bulletins and overheads are available to guide you through worship.
How the Word is proclaimed
We prepare to be open to the reading of the Bible Lessons by confessing our sins and being pardoned.
The Choir offers praise and the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked upon the reading, preaching, hearing, and doing the word.
Generally there are four lessons for each worship service: an Hebrew Bible Lesson, a Psalm, an Epistle Lesson (New Testament letter) and a Gospel Lesson. One or all may be used. Often one or more of the lessons are the basis for other parts of the liturgy, such as the Prayer of Confession or the Call to Worship.
The pastor than interprests one of the lessons, filling in background information when needed, giving practical applications for living in today's world, and offering points to think about during the week.
How we respond to the Word being proclaimed
Our response takes various forms but always has an opportunity for the members to give thanks by giving their tithes and offerings and an opportunity to share the joys and concerns of our church family and our greater community and world.
Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of every month. Communion is open to everyone seeking a realtionship with God. Grandparents often bring grandchildren to worship and when the parents want the children to wait to take communion, the pastor will offer a blessing on the children if asked. United Methodists typically offer grape juice (instead of wine), bread, and a gluten-free alternative.
We are sent forth with a blessing.