Worship

In-Person Worship Information schedule

Sunday Worship Services: Indoors at 8:00 a.m. and Outdoors at 10:15 a.m.

Note: the 8:00 a.m. service will be live-streamed online.

 

Online Worship Information schedule

Virtual Sunday Worship Service: Sunday mornings, 8:00 a.m.

Note: all the online services are recorded and accessed through YouTube so they can be viewed at the appointed time or later, according to your schedule. More details of these events and additional information can be found on our Home webpage.

 

Lectionary Resources


Sunday, June 6, 2021
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are Jesus’ family. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.
Worship Focus: We value Profound Inclusiveness

 

Sunday, June 13, 2021
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.
Worship Focus: We value Growing Generosity


Sunday, June 20, 2021
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.
Worship Focus: We believe the Holy Bible is the...source of our faith and life together.


Sunday, June 27, 2021
A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.
Worship Focus: All people are created in God’s image and all are welcome


Sunday, July 4, 2021
Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.

 

 

Tips for online worship

  1. Set up your space. Light a candle, put out your favorite plate and cup for communion, turn off other distractions.
  2. Worship with someone if you are comfortable. Set up the tablet or TV in your garage or on your porch for safe, social distant worship with a friend or two. We have Outdoor Small Group Guidelines you can use for this!
  3. Share the worship link! Send our worship link to your friends via email or on Facebook. Who ever imagined Evangelism might be that simple?

Having trouble with the online worship?

  1. Try refreshing the window or app you are using.

  2. Close other open windows or apps.

  3. Check your internet speed. You can check your speed using any computer or smartphone at fast.com. YouTube TV recommends a minimum internet speed of 3 Mbps to stream a standard definition video, 7 Mbps to stream video on one device in high definition, and at least 13 Mbps to stream on multiple devices. 

  4. If you have issues during livestream worship (between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.) which are not resolved or explained by any of these, try waiting until 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. to worship.

Worship bulletins and announcement can be found on the homepage. We hope this will help release some of the stress and unease of this time and remind us all of the love of Christ through our community.

 

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