Worship

The Lord’s Table

Each Sunday is a participation in the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.  We accept afresh God’s forgiveness and open ourselves to new life in him.  On the first Sunday of the month we linger around the Table for a special communion service at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Liturgy Order

Our liturgy honors the last 2,000 years of Christianity while adapting to the language and arts of our culture.  We invite you to participate in the ongoing story of God by submitting to the work of Christ and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.

GATHERING  We greet and welcome one another in the foyer informally.  We grab a cup of coffee or introduce ourselves to someone we haven’t met yet.  Feel free to enter the sanctuary to pray or walk along the walls and meditate on the art.

ANNOUNCEMENTS  We take a few moments at the beginning to get the word out about what is happening in our community.

PASSING THE PEACE  To proclaim that Christ’s death and resurrection reconcile us to God and one another, we exchange the old greeting:  “The peace of Christ be with you.  And also with you.”

SILENCE  Integral to worship throughout the ages, silence helps block out the noise of the world in order to hear God’s voice.

INVOCATION  After asking the Spirit to guide our time together, we light candles on the altar as a symbol of God’s special presence among those who gather in Jesus’ name.

SCRIPTURE  Each week we have four readings – Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel – all spanning the great story of our God.  Listen for a common thread.  We stand for the Gospel out of respect for “The word of the Lord,” to which we respond, “Thanks be to God.”

ICON  In a culture of images that typically amuse, lie, or seduce, we invite God to renew our imaginations with art that affirms his goodness or confronts us with our sin.

LITANY  More than spectators, we move and speak, engaging with what we have seen and heard.  In unison, as one body, we confess sin, pray in submission, or affirm a truth.

SERMON  Because preaching is a communal affair, all of us depend upon the Spirit for the speaking, testing, and obeying of God’s word.  So the preacher prays, “The Lord be with you,” and we reply, “And also with you.”

PRAYERS  We publicly offer prayers of confession, submission, or affirmation in response to the proclamation of  Scripture, ending with “Lord, in your mercy.”  To express agreement with the one praying, we all say, “Amen.”  

TABLE  We encounter the mysterious and glorious presence of the Triune God at the meal Jesus gave to his disciples.  This is Christ’s body which is broken for you.  This cup is the new life in Christ’s blood.  The Table is open to all who are faithful followers of Christ and have no enmity with anyone in this body.  Children and others awaiting baptism, may come forward with arms crossed to receive a blessing.

PRAISE  Singing comes at the end as a response of worship and adoration to God’s truth and beauty.

SENDING  We are sent out in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit out into God’s mission in the world with God’s blessing and presence with us.