The Worship and Spiritual Development Core Ministry develops, plans, and implements all the worship and educational programs of the church. Our basic mission is to nurture the spirits of our congregation as we come together in worship services, classes for adults and children, and in workshops and retreats. We also provide resources for helping our members develop rich personal spiritual lives of prayer, contemplation, meditation, and “communing with Nature.”
The Worship Planning Action Team meets for two hours each week to plan Sunday morning worship services. We attempt to coordinate the words of the hymns, the choir anthem, the readings, the sermon, and the visual components on the table and niche into a unified message faith, hope, love, peace, or justice, based on the lectionary texts for the day. We work toward creating experiences that speak to our minds, hearts, bodies, and spirits.
In addition to our Sunday morning service at 10:45, we have a meditative Taizé Service of music, words, and silence the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Our church has a small chapel for quiet prayer and meditation, and a Service of Holy Communion is held in the chapel every Thursday at 9:30 AM.
Special services are during Advent, Lent, and other church Holy Days. A special treat is the St. Francis Blessing of the Animals Service held in October.
Our Pastor also plans and officiates weddings, baptisms, and funeral and memorial services.
A number of action teams provide the support services needed to make our worship services function smoothly. The team leaders are always looking for volunteers who can help out. You can find the team leaders listed on our Leadership page.
Our church has a strong music program with a 30-member choir that sings weekly, a bell choir that performs about once a month, and a number of vocal and instrumental soloists.
Children’s Sunday School
Following the Conversation with Children in Sunday morning worship, Children’s Sunday school is held in room 2, using the UCC’s Seasons of the Spirit multi-age curriculum. The children remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service on the first Sunday of the month so that they may participate in the communion service.
Children are welcomed and encouraged to be part of worship and to take Communion. We offer respect and love to our children.
During the pandemic, our Core Minister for Worship is meeting with our children via Zoom and providing lesson-related crafts for the children to do at home during the class.
During the pandemic when we are unable to hold in-person classes and gatherings, the PHCC Pastor, Music Director, and PHCC members are providing twice-a-week, 15-minute Community Connection reflections and sharing. You may view these live-streamed through Facebook on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone), or view the recording later at your convenience. You can easily link to recordings of our Sunday worship and the Community Connections directly from our website Home page.
Sunday Morning Book Study: 9-10 am
This very active class focuses on progressive theological and social action readings. The weekly leadership for the group alternates among its members, and books are chosen by consensus. All are welcome for very lively discussions.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: 11 am-12:30 pm
The pastor usually leads this class which looks at the Bible from a metaphorical, non-literal, historical-critical perspective to develop greater Biblical understanding and gain personal and theological knowledge, inspiration, and resources. Recent studies have been based on books by Greta Vosper and John Shelby Spong. This spring and early summer, we’ll offer a study of the book of Exodus.
Weekend Retreats/Workshops: Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday Afternoon. About four times a year, folks gather for a more intensive spiritual development experience. A wide range of topics are explored.