WORSHIP

Worship: Service for the Lord's Day

We gather on Sunday, the Lord's Day, to express our gratitude for God's gifts, to be renewed with Word and Sacrament, and to be sent into the world to serve God and our neighbor. The Service for the Lord's Day combines ancient traditions with modern expressions of spirituality.
Gathering

 

From beginning to end, worship is an experience of the Living Word and our response to being the presence of this Word.

 

Water is poured into the baptismal font as we remember our baptism, the Christ Candle is lighted on the Lord's Tabel, the Psalms and creative luturgies call us to worship, we confess our faults and shortcoming and are assured of God's  mercy with words from sacred texts. We hear Scripture read, and meditate on the Word during the daily message.

 

Prayers, hymns, and songs express the joy of being with one another and in the presence of the Risen Christ through the mystical communion of God's spirit.

The Word

Scripture is read, and we meditate on the Word during the weekly message.

Prayers, hymns, and songs express the joy of being with one another and in the presence of the Risen Christ through the mystical communion of God's spirit.

 

Readings are from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Children are surrounded by the Word during a special time with the children each Sunday.

Thanksgiving

 

Our responses to hearing God's claim on us are enacted in prayer, the offering of monetary and spiritual gifts, and via the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper.

 

The Lord's Supper (Communion, Eucharist) is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. We alternately serve people in the pews and invite worshippers to come to the Lord's Table to observe the sacrament by Intinction (breaking bread from a loaf, dipping the bread into a cup of the fruit of the vine and partaking at the Table).

 

The whole People of God (that includes children!) are invited to celebrate this joyful feast!

Serving Others

 

Worship isn't about us or our needs but is an act of dedicating oneself to God's mission in Jesus Christ who came not to be served but to serve others.

 

Our tradition comes from the 16th century reformer John Calvin who was a pastor in Geneva. At the end of every worship service, the people left the sanctuary and contributed money for the poor of Geneva. They were charged with transforming the world even if it were one person at a time.

 

We leave worship having experienced God's love and mercy and are called to be that love and mercy in the world.

 

The Lord's Supper

We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's Supper by two methods: serving people in the pews and by intinction. The Supper is observed the first Sunday of each month and the methods are used in alternating months.

 

What is intinction?

The people will receive the Bread and the Cup served by the Ruling Elders, Deacons, and Teaching Elder (Pastor). Worshippers come to the front of the sanctuary when invited by the Pastor, they will take a piece of bread from the plate offered, dip the bread into the cup presented, partake of the elements, and return to their pew.

 

I'm not familiar with this and am a little uncomfortable with it.

Those who wish to be served in their pew will be served individually by the Pastor. If you find the practice of intinction uncomfortable or do not find it meaningful, please respect those who do. The purpose is to spread God's love via the sacrament in a variety of ways honoring our diversity in the One Body of Christ.

 

Why do this?

Rreceiving the "means of grace" in this manner is often very meaningful as the people are served one-to-one by the church officers. The Presbyterianb Church (USA) Book of Order reminds us that "The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love."

 

 

Today, not just Jesus parables, but the all the stories of the Bible, remind us of similar stories and experiences in our own life. The stories of the Bible run parallel to our own life.
 
The Parallels New Worshipping Community aims pair stories of the Bible with real peoples’ stories and lay them side by side. The Bible story sheds light on our life, while our own stories give us insight into those of the Bible.
 
Come tell and hear stories - of people's experiences of self-recognition and discovery in light of a biblical story. To tell or learn more, contact Tim Coombs, (518) 669-0123 or tcoombs@earthlink.net. 

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