public worship of God is the central act of the church. Through hymns and anthems, the
reading and interpretation of the Scriptures, prayers, sermons, and the sacraments we
celebrate God's goodness and seek to understand God's challenge to us both individually
and corporately. As the worship service closes, we are sent out into the world to serve
in a variety of ways, using the multitude of gifts God has given us.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is served on all of the feast and festival days (Christmas,
Baptism of the Lord, Transfiguration, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity, World
Communion, All Saints, Reign of Christ) as well as the six Sundays during Lent, the four
Sundays of Advent, and once a month in the summer. On most occasions we receive communion
by intinction which means that worshipers are invited to break a piece of bread from the
loaf and dip the bread in the chalice as we "feed upon Christ in our hearts and are
strengthened" for the work to which God calls us.
Presbyterians believe in an open table, at which all Christians are welcome. Baptized children
who have instruction in the meaning of communion and the permission of parents may participate
in the sacrament.
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered in a public worship service to the children of members.
Adults may also receive baptism when joining the church and professing faith for the first time.
Those wishing to be baptized should make an appointment with the pastor to talk about the meaning
of baptism. Baptism may be celebrated on any Sunday of the year except the Sundays during Lent.
We welcome children in worship and believe that the participation of children in worship is
essential in their spiritual development. Through the sights and sounds of the worshipping
community, children learn the faith "that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother
Eunice" (II Tim. 1:5) and will live in them.
Each Sunday our children are invited to participate in Sacred Space, which is a time in our worship
service when the pastor "wonders" with the children about one of the great stories of faith.
After Sacred Space, the children (Kindergarten and older) attend Music Class which follows the theme and scripture from
worship. Because Holy Communion is a sacrament of the entire community, the children always return to worship for
A Service Giving Witness to the Resurrection
In our tradition, the funeral/memorial service is called A Service Giving Witness to the Resurrection.
It is a reminder that for Christians this worship service is an opportunity to give thanks to God for
the gift of life, to stand with particular families in their grief, and to give witness to our
resurrection faith. Members may wish to schedule an appointment with the pastor to discuss their wishes
at the time of death.
The Liturgical Year
- Advent –
Advent is a four-week period in which the church not only looks forward to the birth and
incarnation of Jesus Christ, but also to the return of Christ. This season is observed for
the first four Sundays prior to Christmas. The traditional liturgical color for this season
- Christmas –
Christmas is the festival of the birth of Christ and the celebration of God's coming among us
as a human being. The Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve and ends with Epiphany
(January 6). The traditional liturgical color for this season is white.
- Ordinary Time I –
Following the Christmas season, there is a period of Sundays in which no special festival or
occasion is being observed. Liturgically, this is known as Ordinary Time, and there are two
periods in the liturgical year which have this designation. The first comes after Epiphany
(January 6) and lasts until Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent). The traditional liturgical
color for this season is green, except on the Baptism of the Lord Sunday when the liturgical
color is white. The sermons and liturgy during Ordinary Time focus on the "ordinary" issues,
problems, hopes, and needs that we all face in our daily living and discipleship.
- Lent –
Lent is a season of forty weekdays and six Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating
in Holy Week. In this season, the church remembers and contemplates what it means to be a
disciple of Jesus. Holy Week, the last week of the Lenten season, relives Jesus' final week in
Jerusalem, from his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), to his last meal with his
disciples (Maundy Thursday), to his actual crucifixion (Good Friday). The traditional
liturgical color for this season is purple. On Good Friday the cross is draped with a black
shroud. It remains this way until Easter.
- Easter –
Easter is a fifty-day season consisting of seven Sundays, beginning with Easter Sunday
(marking Jesus' resurrection) and ending with Pentecost (the birth of the church through the
gift of the Holy Spirit to Christians). The focus of this season is the hope of new life that
we have now that God has defeated the power of sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus.
The traditional liturgical color for this season is white, except for Pentecost, where red
paraments are used.
- Ordinary Time II –
This second period of Ordinary Time begins on the Sunday following Pentecost and lasts until
Reign of Christ Sunday. The new liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent (the Sunday
closest to November 30). Unlike the first period, this second period does contain some special
observances, including Trinity Sunday and All Saints' Day. The traditional liturgical color for
this season is green.