Worship

Worship is the center of life at David’s Church. Our Sunday morning services have a traditional structure combined with progressive theology.

Our 8:30 a.m. worship service is a quieter, more intimate service with less music and no children’s offerings.

The 9:50 service tends to be livelier, with a children’s moment, more hymns and the adult Chancel Choir (which takes the summer off). On some Sundays, we also hear from the children’s choir and both adult and children’s bell choirs. Summer worship brings special music by congregation members and guest musicians.

Throughout the year, we also offer special services geared toward the liturgical seasons and participate in ecumenical and interfaith services in the community. For more information about these services, please see our calendar of events.

As a progressive community in the Reformed tradition, we take the Bible seriously but not literally. The service is grounded in scripture, which generally follows the lectionary. Worship on a typical Sunday follows this outline:

Prelude
Introit (choral call to worship)
Welcome and Announcements
Opening Hymn (We use the United Methodist Hymnal, with occasional supplements from various sources including the New Century Hymnal)
Responsive Call to Worship
Invocation
Passing the Peace of Christ
Children’s Moment and Children’s Offering
Mission Moment
Offering Our Gifts and Tithes
Hymn
Unison Prayer of Confession
Assurance
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Choral Anthem
Scripture Reading (We use the New Revised Standard Version and Bibles are
            available in the pews)
Sermon
Hymn of Departing
Benediction
Choral Benediction Response
Postlude

The pastors are available at the rear of the sanctuary after worship in order to greet worshipers.

At David’s Church, we recognize two sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that Baptism is the external sign of the connection God has made with each person internally. It is a welcome into the Body of Christ, the Church Universal. We are happy to baptize all who feel called to be part of that community. Infants are baptized with the understanding that their Baptism will be affirmed when they later choose to take part in the rite of Confirmation. Those who wish to be baptized or to have their infants baptized are invited to speak to one of the pastors.

We reaffirm our baptism through Holy Communion, which is generally served the second Sunday of each month and at special seasonal services, with all welcome to partake at Christ’s table. We use both grape juice and wine, with the wine on the inner rings of the communion trays and the grape juice on the outer ring, so that young children and those who wish to abstain can do so easily. The elements are consecrated by the pastors and then passed by lay leaders to the congregation which remains seated.

Children are an important part of life at David’s Church. We place most of the portions of the service that will be of interest to children before the Children’s Moment so that they are not missing anything designed for them. However, if you wish to have your children remain in the service, or partake in Communion, they are certainly most welcome to do so.

For children under the age of three, we offer a nursery staffed during the worship service by Katie Mahoney, an adult employee of the church. All people who work with children, both volunteer and staff, are required to abide by our Safe Church policy, which can be found in the Faith Formation section of the website.

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