Worship Services

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Description of Worship Services

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Our minister, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, in the pulpit

We offer a worship service every Sunday. The current month’s schedule appears below. Services last about one hour. On most Sundays, the children are present for about the first 15 minutes, which includes a ritual of joys and concerns, and the children then leave for their religious education classes; nursery care and our full religious education program for preschool through junior high school are offered at this time.

Although each of our services is unique, services usually begin with a welcome from a member of our Board of Trustees and occasional special announcements.

Interspersed with a variety of music and hymn singing, the typical service also includes the lighting of the chalice, one or more inspirational readings, a sermon or homily, an offertory, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, and a closing benediction.

After the service we gather for fellowship, conversation, and coffee.

Members of a group called the Worship Associates assist in planning worship services and also participate in conducting services.

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Lay-Led Worship Services

Our lay-led services honor our commitment to lay involvement in church leadership and our church’s history. We began in 1951 as a lay-led fellowship, and thus all services were lay led until we called our first minister in 1980.

From September through May, the minister steps down from the pulpit one Sunday each month, and the service is entirely lay led, usually by one of the groups in the church, such as the Writer’s Group, Social Action, or the high school youth group.

During the summer, the minister is in the pulpit about half the time, and the Worship Associates organize lay-led services the rest of the time. These services are often non-traditional and unique, and allow individuals to speak to a topic of interest or lead the congregation in exploring a variety of activities related to the many facets of worship and spirituality.

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Schedule of Future Services

We offer worship services on Sundays. On our Home Page you will find details about the worship service for the coming Sunday. Worship plans for each month appear here.

December 2022 Sunday Worship Schedule

Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. – both in-person and online. f you have trouble accessing the technology to join us online, please send an email to our Tech Team.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – “Slow Down!” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

The structures around us fill this season with many stressors and demands, and yet the earth is full of cues to slow down and rest. From the hibernating animals to the bare trees to the shortening days and longest nights, what could we learn from the earth about rest in this season? And how could resting be a pathway to the collective liberation we seek?

Sunday, Dec. 11 – “Darest Thou Now, O Soul?” – George Grimm-Howell, Intern Minister

In the season of slowness, we can give ourselves the gift of well-earned rest and dreaming. Taking time for envisioning new worlds is an essential ingredient of our justice making. Join Intern Minister George Grimm-Howell in a dreamy exploration of queer art, science fiction, and poetry that can help transport us to the future we dream of.

Sunday, Dec. 18 – “The Longest Night” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

Join us for a dreamy Solstice service for all ages as we mark the longest night of the year. What can we imagine in the dark? Let us turn our attention to the roots and stars, and let us find out!

11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25 – Please Note Changed Time – Christmas Day Brunch Church – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Join us on Christmas morning for a cozy brunch church service – mostly eating and some soul-sharing too! We will gather at 11:30 a.m. to allow everyone time for their usual Christmas morning rituals. Please bring a festive brunch dish to share!

The Zoom address for our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship is:
https://zoom.us/j/380411489
You can also join by phone: 312-626 6799
Webinar ID: 380 411 489

Services are also streamed live to Facebook.

The Zoom address for our coffee hour is:
https://zoom.us/j/95152263717?pwd=SzJJeWdWV0d5QkU4MTdnK1U0b1ZDQT09
You can also join by phone: 312-626 6799 – Webinar ID: 652 315 354

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