Faith in Worship

You are invited to be with us every Sunday morning at 10:10 am as we offer joyful worship with hymns, prayers, and lively preaching in a sanctuary with large windows highlighting the changing seasons of God’s creation around us.  Responsibility for worship leadership is shared among our pastor and congregation members, with the occasional “Preacher from the Pew.”

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated the first Sunday of every month.  Additional special services, as well as baptisms, weddings, and memorials occur throughout the year,  At least twice a year the congregation holds a vigil time of prayers for the world and those in need.

You never know what might happen as we make room for the Holy Spirit to inspire us.  We’ve had special services including a whole congregation participation in The Sermon on the Mount, complete with visuals.  One Maundy Thursday we heard the first Lord’s Supper participants describe their unique experiences.  Our Faith in Worship Team is always looking for new ways to share the Good News while offering praise and thanksgiving to God.

 

Worship Highlights in 2014

  • a musical call and response honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela (January 19);
  • an all congregational reading of Lessons from the Mountaintop (March 2);
  • a blending of young and wise women as the Girl Scouts participated in the annual PW service (March 9);
  • a Lent & Easter sermon series on the “6 Great Ends of the Church” along with weekly candle-lighting for Lenten prayer intercessions offered by different members of the congregation.
  • Palm Sunday (March 16) was celebrated with the traditional palms recognizing Christ’s festive entry into Jerusalem. The service ended with a reading from His passion in recognition of the ordeal He must pass through before His triumph over death on Easter Sunday.
  • Just as the sun rose on Easter, congregation members gathered for the Sunrise service and then replaced thorny crowns with blooming lilies, on the great lawn, as a public and poignant visual reminder of the Resurrection of Christ we celebrate.
  • On May 11, we heard the real story of “Mothers Day” – radical roots and all.
  • Opening and closing with “Glory be to God for chickadees and butterflies…and all small things that wing their praise,” Prayers from the Ark was the centerpiece of the June 22nd service.
  • July 20 saw us emulating aspects of traditional South African worship as we commissioned Elaine Brown for a trip with other women of PNNE to South Africa.
  • And in a service designed by Bill Coop and Joanna Damon for August 3, designated by PCUSA as “Homelessness and affordable Housing Sunday” we viewed excerpts from the video, “Where Do We Go,” filmed by two local high school students, Alexander Toole (nephew of Teal and Mike Hugo) and Allie Walton.
  • We worshipped with a Psalm-themed hymn-sing on August 24th .
  • The Sunday preceding Labor Day recognized “God Goes to Work Too” as speakers from the congregation, Dick Reese, Deb Patterson, Joan Warren and Buckley Hugo, shared with us where they had found God in their work.
  • Later in the month, we celebrated our annual “Homecoming Sunday” with a potluck after the service.
  • Our World Communion service, the first Sunday of October, exemplified our global connections as Elaine Brown brought stories from her South Africa trip.
  • The month of October also saw us honoring the annual Children’s Sabbath and Reformation Sunday, as the pastor embarked on a spirited and thought-provoking sermon series on various perspectives on Death.
  • Our annual All Saints Sunday gave us an opportunity to honor our communion of Saints.
  • November 9, the Sunday following the Christmas Fair, we took back the hymns of Christmas by singing them before they became fodder for upcoming season of commercials!
  • We began the new liturgical year this past Advent as a church family by bringing our favorite ornaments and nativity sets to share with each other. This year, we also had special music and choral workshops!   As mentioned before, special music was directed by Shannon Chase, daughter of Kathy Chase as members of her group Vox Nova sang for services on December 14th and 21st. They were joined on the 21st by the MCPC Advent Choir formed during two clinics that Shannon held. The Advent Choir, conducted by Ruth Cook, also sang for the Christmas Eve service which was also enriched by two solos, “O Holy Night” sung by Shannon and “Mary Did You Know?” sung by Hannah Grassman. The Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols was also made more festive by the ringing of bells during the hymns and a story for the children, read by Miss Shirley who gave our traditional “open on Christmas morning” present to each child. Of course, the service ended with the traditional singing of “Silent Night” to candlelight, symbolizing the light of the Christ Child.

Worship at MCPC in 2014 … from the Annual Report