Worship! What should I expect?

Check out “What’s Coming up in Worship?” for a listing for the next month or so of scripture/sermon topics and other special activity in the 11:00 service.

*NOTEOn June 18, we begin our summer schedule – no adult classes and worship will start at 10:00 AM.

HERE is normally what you should expect in our worship service:

11:00 AM* – Traditional (Blended) Worship Join us for a fairly traditional Candlelight serviceservice which includes praise music, hymns, a children’s message, sharing joys and concerns in prayer, plus sermon (usually by Pastor Karla Fredericksen) and liturgy.  The atmosphere is somewhat informal – come as you are to share in the mystery of God’s love and the ministry of the congregation!  (Communion is the first Sunday of each month.)

Welcome

At Worship, expect to be genuinely welcomed as you arrive.  You’ll probably be asked if you’d like to be introduced to the congregation when you are new – it is okay either way, say yes or no.  Expect to be invited to our coffee hour after worship as well – come anyway, if you are not specifically invited!  This is a time to just chat over refreshments and beverages in a non-threatening getting-to-know-one-another time.

WHAT TO WEAR?

This varies by personality and comfort level.  Some wear blue jeans, some Sundays the only woman wearing a dress is Pastor Karla, you very occasionally see a tie on men, on game days you’ll see Seahawks or Mariner colors and clothing.  This is to say, come as you are and as you feel comfortable.  If you are going to a soccer game after worship, don’t feel you will have to change!  We’re glad to have you make church a priority in your day.

Print or screen?

Well… BOTH!  We will give you the opportunity to take a printed program with the outline of worship, and to follow the service using a screen up front.  Words for hymns/songs are usually on the screen, however hymnals and songbooks, or sheet music are available to those who like to see the musical notes!

Accompaniment for singing is usually piano, occasionally organ or another instrument(s).  (No worship band at present.) When it comes to singing, it’s okay to clap to the beat when the mood is right!  And when a choir performs or there is special music, it’s okay to clap your gratitude to the performance and to God!  Showing appreciation is a godly thing.

If you feel like raising hands briefly to glorify God, you are welcomed to, sing every hymn or none, participate in the “Prayers of the People” (where prayers are made out loud by individuals) or just listen.  However, you will NEVER be expected to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or conspicuous.

The Lord’s Supper/EUCHARIST

Communion methods can vary, but it is usually by “intinction” where a piece of bread from the common loaf is dipped into the common cup. Occasionally, we might use small individual cups and a cut piece of bread or wafer.  We use only unfermented grape juice for our worship (not wine).  The bread varies.

We always have a gluten-free wafer available for anyone who has a need or a preference for them, and a single cup of grape juice, as well.

(COMMUNION IS SERVED THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH.  All are welcome to the table!!)