What to Expect at Traditional Worship
People begin to gather for worship. Some sit in the pews quietly, spending a few moments in reflection and prayer. Others greet one another, meet new people or catch up with old friends in the back of the sanctuary. As 9:30 draws close, the organist begins the prelude welcoming worshippers to find a seat amongst the gathered community.
As the service continues the congregation is invited to join in singing the various hymns. Music is a very important part of worship at Wesley, whether it is congregational singing, choral presentations, solos or instrumentals.
Children are important in the life of Wesley Church and we reserve a special place in our service of worship to engage with the youngest among us. The children are invited to come forward after the opening hymn to meet with one of the clergy or one of the wonderful lay members of our church for a special time of learning and experience. Parents are invited to accompany their children if that is more comfortable for them.
The time of proclamation leads into a time of response, as the congregation is invited to return our selves and our gifts back to God through offerings. At Wesley we recognize giving as a spiritual discipline that engages us deeper into the life of the church and moves us to meeting the needs of the world. Guests should not feel they have to contribute to the offering, but they are invited into this meaningful time of spiritual connection with God and others.
On the first Sunday of each month the congregation participates in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This is a meaningful time around the Lord’s Table to which everyone is invited. At Wesley we practice open communion, which means you do not need to be a part of the United Methodist Church, or any church, to receive. All who seek Jesus are welcome to participate in the sacrament of communion regardless of your age, race, economic standing, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical condition. The bread and cup are the gifts of God for the people of God.
The traditional service concludes with a final hymn, and a spoken benediction. As the clergy recess the congregation is invited to greet their neighbors with the passing of the peace, one of the most ancient practices of the church.
Special Jazz Service, July 15, 2018
To establish a firm financial base so that the many programs of outreach and opportunities may continue for another 100 years.
Scott and his wife Emily lead the congregation to the front of the sanctuary for their child’s baptism.
What to expect at Contemporary Service
We strive to maintain a balance between the ancient and the modern, recognizing the connection we share to countless generations of Christians who have gone before us and with millions of believers across the world today. Prayers of ancient saints mingle with cutting edge songs, and rituals are celebrated simply and joyfully. Intergenerational community is also a focus of the 11:15 service. Students can find a supportive home here, a place to worship alongside both peers and elders.
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