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Order of Worship
Order of Worship

PREPARATION TIME
A time for quiet and getting ready for worship.
 
INVOCATION
To invoke or call upon God’s presence in our worship.
 
PRELUDE
Introductory music that sets the mood for worship.
 
CHORAL INTROIT
Musical calls to worship.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
Declares what God has done and is doing and who we are in God's presence. An invitation to join in the worship service.
 
HYMNS
Songs for everybody to sing. The hymns are chosen according to the Church year and the theme of the scripture and sermon. The first hymn in the service is usually a hymn of praise.
 
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We tell God of the things we have done wrong or of the things we should have done and did not do. We pray for God’s forgiveness and guidance.
 
THE LORD'S PRAYER
A prayer Jesus taught his disciples:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
 
ASSURANCE OF GOD'S LOVE
The minister assures us of God's great love for us. God will guide us and we shall be forgiven.
 
ANTHEM
A special song sung by one of our choirs. Also selected to coordinate with the church year and the theme of the sermon.
 
CALL TO PRAYER
An invitation to spend time in prayer.
 
PERSONAL PRAYER IN SILENCE
A time for listening or talking to God by yourself.
 
PASTORAL PRAYER
The minister prays on behalf of all the people gathered for worship. The prayer usually includes some thanks for blessings we enjoy and asks help for others and ourselves as we try to live faithful lives.
 
SCRIPTURE
A reading from the Bible. Used as the background for the sermon.
 
SERMON
The minister tells us how the teachings from the Bible can be understood and become a part of our everyday life.
 
OFFERTORY
A musical presentation given during the offering by the choirs, the organ, or instruments.
 
OFFERING
Money used to do God's work in our church and in the world around us.
 
DOXOLOGY
A song of praise and thanksgiving:
 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
A prayer to dedicate our offering to God and God’s work in the world.
 
BENEDICTION
A spoken blessing at the end of the worship service.
 
CHORAL RESPONSE
A blessing sung at the end of the worship service.
 
POSTLUDE
Music at the end of the service to make you feel glad you came.

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Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.

WISE (Women in Spiritual Exploration)
Burling Room
FMI: Chery Sypal, 277.0554 or Scarlett Lunning Huey 


Through May 10

Gallery Exhibit
Awakening a Spiritual Vision, Beth Ann Edwards

Friday, March 7 and every Friday through Lent

Weekly Prayer Vigil of Lament
Noon, Meditation Chapel
This is a half-hour prayer vigil of lament and healing for our broken world. The theologian Karl Barth urged Christians to pray with "the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." In these weekly prayer vigils, we will seek to pray just this way - struggling with both scripture and current events, as we bring the pain of our world to God in communal prayer.

Wednesday, April 16

Holy Week Family Worship Service
6 p.m., Waveland Hall

Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday Dinner
6:15 p.m., Waveland Hall
RSVP at 255.3149
Service of Tenebrae and Communion
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room
Quiet days are offered for members who would like to experience contemplative time in community. We will gather and pray together in the open and close of each quiet day. In between, participants will be free to find quiet spaces in the church to read, reflect and/or pray in silence.

Friday, April 18

Walk A Labyrinth
4-7 p.m., Waveland Hall

Friday, April 18

Good Friday Worship with Matins Choir
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20

Easter Prayer Vigil
8:30 p.m. Friday - 6:30 a.m. Sunday
Meditation Chapel

Saturday, April 19

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room

Saturday, April 19

Walk A Labyrinth
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Waveland Hall

Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday Worship
5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday Worship
6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service with Soul Singers, Waveland Hall
9 & 11 a.m., Traditional Easter Worship with Brass, Organ and Choirs, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 27

"The Stranger"
9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
A musical worship experience written by David Ruhe and performed by David Ruhe and the Soul Singers.
 

FMI: Click on the link or call the church office at 255.3149.


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