Join us for meaningful and creative worship!
Every Sunday morning at 10:30
Intergenerational Worship. The organ, piano, djembe drum, hammered dulcimer, and often the folk harp are instrumental in helping us worship God. We have an accessible entry. Fair Trade Coffee Hour follows worship. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate Communion, which is open to all.
Our Sunday morning schedule
10:20 | The Explorers Room opens for infants, toddlers, and 3s. These youngest ones are also welcome in worship.
10:30 | Worship begins. Children of all ages attend the first part of worship with their families.
11:00 | Midway through worship, children age 3 to Grade 7 depart for Sunday School. On the first Sunday of each month, children only depart for a 25-minute Chapel Time before returning to the Sanctuary to participate in Holy Communion.
11:30 | Fair Trade Coffee Hour. People of all ages linger a while to enjoy good company--and good food!
Each month, we offer an Evensong service--a contemplative worship experience that includes the singing of short songs and chants, readings, three extended times of silent meditation, and prayers for healing. The service is accompanied by the Evensong Ensemble, including hammered dulcimer, folk harp, cello, violin, and Native American flute. At the close of the 45-minute service, people have opportunity for prayers for healing with the anointing of oil.
Special services and experiences
Our Palm Sunday service will ushers in Holy Week with songs, a giant Jesus figure, and the waving of palms--reminiscent of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, beginning the days leading through the Last Supper, his arrest, crucifixion, and death, and resurrection on Easter morning.
Health & Wholeness Sunday
Inspired by the resource Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table (ucc.org/just-eating), our theme this year was Food, Faith, and Wellbeing of Creation, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves. Together, we remembered the refreshing word that faith can speak to a dominant culture that all too often values image over health and places consumerism and profits ahead of wellbeing.
German Good Friday service
Every year, to honor the heritage of the founders of this now-diverse community, we offer two German-language services--a Good Friday service and a Christmas service.
Tenebrae service on Good Friday
We also hold a service of Tenebrae (or shadows) on Good Friday. It features a dramatic reading of the Passion story as recounted in the Gospels, as well as moving music and the enveloping darkness as Jesus Christ moves through death and departs from us. Many find that attending this service is an essential step on the journey to more fully appreciating the powerful message of Easter.
All Saints Day service
The ancient church set aside All Saints Day to remember martyrs and saints. Nowadays we remember not only historic figures of the church, but also the company of saints we have known, loved, and revered. This year, we offered a service on All Saints Day itself (November 1).
Throughout Christian history, the church has celebrated the lives of faithful people who have died. Totenfest is the distinctive practice that grows out of the Evangelical tradition of the United Church of Christ. Because of our congregation's German heritage, Totenfest has always been an important remembrance for us, celebrated near the end of the church calendar year and closely associated with All Saints Day.