Gathering Safely

After a long season of livestream-only worship, we are delighted to open our Sanctuary doors once again. As the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, we will continue to emphasize our call to care for the most vulnerable among us. Our livestream worship services are here to stay, as well.

You are invited to join in worship in the Sanctuary at 10:30am each Sunday. Our Sanctuary is not air-conditioned, so please dress comfortably. We will be leaving open the windows and doors to facilitate ventilation.

All worshippers are asked to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. We will sing and pray together aloud, but only the worship leaders will remove their masks during the service.

Worshippers will be invited to sit in designated areas around the Sanctuary, to enable social distancing. We hope to feel the warm embrace of the Spirit, and of the community, but we do not encourage hugs and handshakes at this time.

We welcome your gifts and offerings, but we will not be "passing the plate." An on-site offering box will be available -- but we encourage everyone to make offerings online.

Children are most welcome in worship. At this time, childcare will not be provided. We hope to resume Sunday School in September, at 9:30am, and to be increasingly inclusive of our children in worship leadership, and even in running some of the livestream technology. We will be adding-in other opportunities in support of children and families along the way.

Please sign-in. Out of an abundance of caution, we will ask everyone who joins us in worship to sign-in, and to provide a means of contact. In the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis from within the community, we'll want to encourage everyone to be tested. 

We encourage everyone to become vaccinated. Vaccination is one of the many ways we can care for ourselves, and for our neighbors, during this unusual time.

Sing. Pray. Think. Laugh. Eat. Splash. Worship.

Join us for worship at 10:30am each Sunday as we offer our thanks, praise, and prayers to God, and open our hearts and minds to the power of the Spirit to transform ourselves and our community. You are always welcome -- come just as you are.

Our Sunday morning worship service draws from a rich tapestry of worship traditions. Depending on the theme for the day, we may sing traditional hymns, South African freedom songs, music from Latin America, contemporary worship songs, chants from the Taizé community in France, or songs from the Iona community in Scotland. You may hear Gospel music from the choir, a classical aria from an accomplished Baritone, or a number from a Broadway show. 

The whole service centers around the Scripture reading for the day. The sermon is usually about 15 minutes long. Though we aren’t shy about tackling challenging subjects, we always remember not to take ourselves too seriously. We leave room for laughter – and we know that sometimes mistakes happen. (The Good News isn’t that we are supposed to be perfect, after all – the Good News is that we are loved, even with all our imperfections.) 

As siblings in Christ, we take time in each week’s service to be in prayer for one another. The Prayers of the People is an opportunity to lift up joys and concerns, hurts, hopes, and dreams. 

On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate the joyful Feast of God’s Grace – gathering around the Communion Table. We believe that it is the living Christ who invites us to the Table, and we trust that his invitation is for all people. With that in mind, anyone and everyone is welcome to share in the Bread and the Cup. 

Baptism, for children and adults, also happens on Sunday mornings. This is a joyful time to remember that we belong to God – the Water and the Spirit binds us to God and to each other. If you are interested in being baptized, or in celebrating the baptism of a child, contact the pastor.