During Covid-19 we gather for worship at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. No congregational singing will take place, and the Sacrament of Communion will not be celebrated, until it is safe for us to do so.
Our worship follows the fourfold pattern inherited from the early church:
We gather around God's word (introit, call to worship, hymn, prayer of confession) We hear God's word proclaimed (children's message, scripture readings, sermon) We respond in faith and gratitude (creed, offertory anthem, pastoral prayer, Lord's Prayer) We go out into the world (hymn, benediction, postlude)
The spirit of our worship could best be described as 'joyful reverence', with robed clergy and choir, hymns accompanied by the pipe organ, and a desire to offer to God that which is both beautiful and thoughtful.
We do not believe that praising God in other ways is somehow inferior, yet we have found that the beauty and depth of historic Christian worship reminds us that the path of faith is not traveled alone, but in the footsteps of the many generations who have gone before us.
At the 11:00 service the Chancel Choir sings an introit and anthem most weeks, while the Liberty Bells and the Saint Hildegard Choir offer their gifts on a monthly basis. During the summer the choirs are on hiatus, so vocal or instrumental soloists offer their talents instead at the 9:30 combined service.
Our worship may include the celebration of Holy Communion, which Christ both instituted and commanded his disciples to continue (see I Corinthians 11:23-26). We typically celebrate Communion on the following dates:
- First Sunday of Advent - Baptism of the Lord - Ash Wednesday - First Sunday in Lent - Maundy Thursday - Pentecost - First Sunday in August - First Sunday in October (Worldwide Communion Sunday)
In addition, we celebrate Communion at the 8:30 service on the first Sunday of every month. The Presbyterian church welcomes baptized Christians of any age to receive Communion, but visitors are under no obligation to participate.
We also gather on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. These seasonal services have a somewhat different format than our usual Sunday morning worship. The 'News and Events' section of our website will be updated with the schedule of these services as the season approaches.
If you plan to visit us, you can find parking in the church's two lots: one adjoining the south side of the building, and one on the east side of Liberty Street. On-street parking is also available. The nursery is staffed during the 11:00 service, but children are more than welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their families.