Worship, Fellowship & Service in the Congregational Tradition
Worship & Spiritual Growth Ministry
Worship in our church is planned and supported by the Worship and Spiritual Growth (WSG) ministry, in partnership with the Pastor and the Music Director. The WSG ministry is also charged with developing worship besides the Sunday service, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and our outdoor worship. The ministry also coordinates other special services (such as the Wayne Blessing of the Hounds each fall). The work of this ministry also includes communion set-up, assigning ushers and pulpit associates, arranging for acolytes, and setting up flower arrangements (including Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies). The Music Committee also falls under this ministry. Music is a highlight of our worship experience. Under the guidance of the Music Director, adult and children’s choirs participate regularly in worship. Other members of the church augment the choirs for seasonal events (including special music at Christmas and Easter and a cantata that is performed on Palm Sunday). Guest soloists and performers (from both within and outside the congregation) often provide special music and solos throughout the year.
WSG also plans events that supplement our worship experience. This includes the Hanging of the Greens, potluck suppers that accompany worship, and various concerts.
How can I become involved in the WSG Ministry?
• Do you like to sing? Join the choir. You don’t even have to read music! Like to sing but can’t commit to the “every week” nature of the choir? Sing in the Christmas Choir or the Palm Sunday Cantata. • Do you play an instrument? Do you have the talent and courage to sing a solo? Then provide “special music” at any point during the year (especially during the summer) • Are you a baker? Bake bread for communion. • Serve as a Pulpit Associate, helping the pastor by reading scripture and leading worship. • If public speaking not your “thing,” serve as an Usher or Communion Steward. • Help to set up for or clean up after communion. • Help sign up people to provide the flowers that beautify our sanctuary each Sunday. Better yet, glorify God with flowers from your own garden!
Feb. 14, 2018
6 pm - Potluck Supper
7:30 pm - Worship Service
& Anointing of Ashes
As is our tradition, we plan to gather around 6 pm for a Potluck Supper. Bring your favorite main dish, side or dessert to share with family and friends. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. Beverages and tableware will be provided. Our meal is followed by a worship service and the anointing of ashes at 7:30 pm.
Set-up and clean-up assistance are always welcome.
Wednesday Lenten Series
Feb. 21 & 28, Mar. 7, 14 and 28
When asked, Jesus said the essence of Biblical morality is defined comprehensively by the dynamic relationship of the love of God, the love of self and the love of neighbor (Matthew 22:35-40.) For our Lenten series this year we will explore how we live our faith in our relationship to God, ourselves, and our neighbors. We will be relying heavily on Chris Folmsbee's book, The Wesley Challenge, and adapting some of his exercises to our five-week series.
Please join us these evenings.
6:30 pm - Supper begins
7:30 pm - Lenten Study
Childcare is available beginning at 7 pm
If anyone would like to prepare a light supper for one of the Wednesdays, please let us know!
Theology on Tap
Sunday, Feb. 28 & Mar. 13
Join us on the Sundays, for brunch after worship at Dunham Woods Riding Club on Army Trail Road. We'll begin our discussion with the morning's sermon and then go wherever the discussion leads on topics on theology, faith, religion, prayer, ethics, etc.
Each person will be responsible for their own tab.