Every year, sometime in spring, as trees leaf out, flowers bloom, grass greens and black flies swarm, the church moves through a transition as well. The seven week long Easter season transitions into Ordinary Sundays during two significant days; the Sundays of Pentecost and Trinity (May 20 & 27, 2018). We then move into Ordinary Time, which in 2018 extends from June 3 until November 11, 2018. On November 18 we will observe Thanksgiving Sunday, and on November 25 we will observe St. Stephen's Day, which will mark the end of a Church year. On December 2, 2018 a new year begins with the first Sunday in Advent.
The Presbyterian Symbol to the left captures the meaning behind these many Sundays from June through November. Contained within the Symbol are many sub-symbols. The flames and descending dove represent Pentecost. The three sections which make up the main beam and cross arms of the cross, represent the Trinity. Embedded into the center of the cross can be seen both a chalice and a bowl, representing the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The wings of the dove represent loaves of bread and the body of the dove is in the shape of the fish, reminding us of the feeding of the 5000. Finally we see the top layer of the cross arms as an open book or the Bible, for as the people of faith we are to hear the Word of God and Christ.
8:15 a.m. The Weekly Lord's Supper Service
Begun in 2006, this casual and informal service provides an alternative to the 10:00 Service. Our motto is "Come in Jeans at 8:15," and we mean it. Have something planned which takes up most of the day but don't want to miss worship? Our 8:15 service could solve that challenge. The service is always complete by 9:00 a.m., leaving the bulk of the morning and the remainder of the day to complete a project, go for a hike, hit the ski slopes, take in a round of golf, go fishing, etc.! The possibilities are limitless.
The highlight of the service is the Lord's Supper which is observed every Sunday. We gather as a group in front of the communion table to receive this sacrament from our Lord. We also hear the Word of God proclaimed, share in prayer, praise, scripture reading, and sing two hymns. Occasionally guest musicians provide special selections.
The 8:15 service is not held on "Fat Sunday," the Sunday after Christmas Eve, and other times as announced.
10:00 a.m. The Traditional Plus* Service
The 10:00 is a more formal service with the traditional elements of hymn singing, unison readings and prayers, scripture readings, and the Lord's Supper is observed generally on the first Sunday of each month. Our adult chancel choir sings most Sundays September through June.
* "Plus" speaks to the fact that on occasion we are not adverse to shaping our worship in some form other than the traditional way. Several times a year the service might have a more "contemporary" feel, drama might be utilized, or there will be more youth leadership.
Speaking of children, they are an integral part of this hour. They begin in worship, then the Pre. K through 5th grade come forward for a "Time with the Children." Afterward, they and Middle School students are dismissed to Sunday School.
It is during this hour that our Hand Bell Choir often provides additional musical leadership within the service.