Worship Life

Worship is why we gather.

Sunday morning is a time when we bring our whole selves — faithful, and flawed — to the experience of worship.  It is the time of “sacred alignment”, when we shift our focus from the distractions of our day and place God at the center of our lives. We praise God and honor all God’s people through inclusive language, prophetic preaching, and inspiring music. While our sanctuary is impressive and historic, our worship is accessible, lively and relevant.  Or, as we like to say, our faith is 2000 years old; our thinking is not!

We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month and ALL are welcome.  In defiance of the cultural and religious rules of his time, Jesus crossed boundaries and invited all to join him at the table. In the spirit of Jesus’ radical hospitality and inclusion, our Communion table is an “open table” — everyone present , regardless of age or faith, is welcome to participate.  No doubt is too strong, no faith is too weak to share in the abundant feast that God sets before us.

Worship begins promptly at 10:30 am and our services last around an hour and fifteen minutes, give or take. We follow our service with a coffee and fellowship hour.

Child care is available throughout the service for children 3 and under and our older children are always welcome in the church school. Click here for more information on your Children and Youth Ministries.

GOING DEEPER THIS FALL

Fall Sermon Series: “Discovering Delight: Sabbath As Revolution”   September 13 – October 4, 2015 (worship service is at 10:30a.m. each Sunday)

To grow spiritually we need to be challenged, nurtured and inspired. To go deeper into our faith means we put the ancient wisdom in conversation with the modern world. Too often we are encouraged to keep our faith private or superficial, but real growth happens when we share our questions in community. This fall, dare to go deeper. Join us for some great conversations and see where it takes you.

The concept of Sabbath is a revolutionary one: it challenges the very structure of modern life. In a world that constantly tells us to hurry up and DO, how do we learn to slow down and BE? How do we find a moment to reconnect with our souls and rest in God? Join us each Sunday as we explore these questions together:

September 13 “Sabbath as Revolution”
Reclaiming the wisdom of taking a time out

September 20 “The Wealth of Time”
“Time is money” the saying goes. What if we saw time as deeper wealth?

September 27 “Rhythm of Rest”
Reconnecting to nature’s sacred rhythms

October 4 “The Way of Enough”
Challenging the economics of scarcity to find true abundance

“Slow-Motion” Bible Study begins September 20, 2015!

Beginning this fall we  will be offering Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM. We will be starting at the very beginning with the Book of Genesis, and taking a very slow, long-term dive into our sacred Scriptures. These writings and teachings are so rich, so multi-layered, that they deserve the deepest possible understanding.

This is not a short-term event, it’s intended to be an on-going effort that is open at any time to anyone interested in this topic and this work. Bring a Bible (any version, any translation) and a notebook. Oh – a pen will be helpful as well. Perfect for anyone who has ever studied the Bible or those who simply want to know how to begin – and everyone in between. We will meet in the Library.  Facilitated by Jack Cuffari. Questions? See Jack (jack@cuffari.com).

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time
Wednesday Evenings
September 30 – December 2, 2015 from 7:30 to 9pm

As a progressive church we say we “take the Bible too seriously to take it literally.” But what does that mean? Join us for ten-week series of classes which will help us understand how to experience the scriptures by engaging both our heart and head. We’ll use the video study course designed by theologian and biblical scholar , Marcus Borg. The course contains study guide materials, so please RSVP to Rev. Ann (acralosky@msn.com) if you would like to join in. Interested folks are invited to read Borg’s book Reading the Bible Again for the First Time to prepare. We will meet in the church library.

Wednesday Labyrinth Walks, 6-8pm in the FCC sanctuary (September-July)

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Finding God is a journey, and the labyrinth is a powerful metaphor for that path.  While it has twists and turns (just like life!), and sometimes you may feel you are walking backwards, while you are also making progress (just like life!), it is an unbroken path to the heart of God.  Just like life.  Come discover your sacred path. Our labyrinth is open on Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm (drop in anytime during these hours) from September to May and by appointment by contacting Rev. Ann at revann@fccmtc.com

 

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