Worship

“The way we worship is the way we live”

Worship is “the work of the people”, bringing together our fullest selves in a communal act of Love and Justice.  Each voice is important, each person is valued as the Spirit draws out our authentic gifts and talents, shared in the ever-widening circle of God’s people. Our Creative God is delighted!

Your voice matters as we read together, sing together, laugh, learn and love together!  Reconciling Love must be given and received in community.  Worshipping together in Love builds our capacity to do as Jesus asks: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and seek Justice.

Worship releases the reconciling power of God’s Love.  Drawing upon many traditions of our soulful planet, we pray the grace of Shalom for all.  Jesus did.  We do.  Let’s journey together.

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“What love has done, sing earth around!”

Barton W. Stone, Disciples forebear

Worship Through the Arts

No one form of expression reaches all people, and God loves our creativity! Influenced by our longstanding commitment of supporting local Fine Arts, we draw upon many styles and traditions in our times of worship together.

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“We are people called to sing and dance as an expression of our love.”

Caryn Evans, First Christian Church Member

Language

We use spoken and written word to inspire life.  Faith is a journey requiring imagination.  Whether from the Bible, devotional writers, spoken or silent prayers, words set to music, sermons, poetry, or drama – words are powerful. Consider this “In the beginning was the Word.”

Music

Nothing quite conveys life-energy of the soul like music: solo harmonica processing down the center aisle, tambourine kicking into the Gospel groove, pipe organ raising its majestic spirit, choir harmonizing a moving melody, piano leading poetic hymns. All gifts.

Movement

Sometimes we just have to move!  When special occasions call for it, we incorporate liturgical dance or a children’s rhythmic presentation.  The congregation has even been known to weave single file on “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  Total body worship!

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Visual Arts

We experience so much through our eyes, and visual media can express what is difficult to put into words.  From traditions of religious imagery in stained glass and banners to modern electronic media and a child’s hand print – the deeply spiritual finds meaning in the visual.

Centering Prayer

In silence we come to know and live from the Divine Mystery within us.

Prayer is dialogue between God and us. Many forms of prayer are based on talking to God, whether silent or aloud. Centering prayer, however, focuses on listening to God. In silent, wordless prayer we disconnect from our noisy world and busy life; we let go of our expectations in the presence of God.  As we do so, we find ourselves attuned to the movement of God within us and in the world around us.

Centering prayer adds depth and strength to our other spiritual practices. Through daily practice, we find ourselves recognizing God in the moments of our days.

Centering prayer in a group setting is available Sunday mornings at 9:20 am in the third-floor prayer room. No experience necessary.