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.
Our Sunday morning service at 10:45.
Meditation group meets at the sanctuary each Monday afternoon from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. The group begins with a short reading followed by thirty minutes of meditation. Those gathered share their reflections and thoughts. All our welcome to join. We ask that you please wear a mask.
The sanctuary is open from 5:00 pm -6:00 pm for you to gather in silence to pray, meditate, or engage in some other contemplative practice. Being with people in silence is a powerful way of developing a strong sense of community. Please enter the sanctuary from Boyce Hall as those doors will be open. Feel free to come and go as you wish during this time, but move quietly so silence can be maintained for the entire hour.
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 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.
Live and Recorded Sunday Services
During the pandemic you may view the Sunday Services live-streamed through Facebook or YouTube, or 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.