Christ First United Methodist Church

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Worship Services



Fall, Winter, Spring

8:30 a.m. Christ's Chapel
10:45 a.m. Sanctuary

Summer

(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
9:45 a.m. Darrah Hall
(air conditioned fellowship hall)

WorshipWorship happens whenever we come into the presence of the living God. In the midst of worship, through the use of all our senses, we connect with God and with each other, and we are emboldened to live in this world with joy and purpose.

Lay Leadership
Our members are encouraged to take an active role in leading worshipthrough music, prayer, drama, witness, design, media, sacramental assistance, the reading of scripture – and, occasionally, preaching!

Singing & Music
Since the days of Charles Wesley, the hymn-writer and early Methodist leader, lively singing has been, and remains, an important aspect of United Methodist worship. We enjoy and embrace all kinds of music. We incorporate it in worship less as performance than as participation, and as a way to express those deep feelings that have no words.

A Biblical Message
Listening to the reading of Scripture and a sermon based upon the Biblical text is virtually always included in our services. Preaching can be teaching or story-telling, challenge or encouragement, but there is always interaction with the congregation and it always tries to connect the Good News with our daily lives. You’ll find scriptures and sermon titles in the monthly newsletter.

Prayer
We pray in unison, we pray the psalms, we pray responsive litanies, we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we listen as others pray for us, and we pray in silence, taking time to listen for God’s response. ‘Prayers of the People’ is an opportunity for us to share aloud with each other the week’s joys and sorrows.

Holy Communion
We usually celebrate Holy Communion (‘The Lord’s Supper’ or ‘the Eucharist’) the first Sunday of the month and on special ‘holy days’. In the United Methodist Church, Holy Communion is free and open to all who desire to be at one with God and reconciled with each other.

We often celebrate by ‘intinction’, dipping a piece of the broken bread (which signifies Christ’s offering of himself) into the cup (which signifies Christ’s out-pouring of love). As we receive these elements, we experience afresh the life-giving love of God for us,we take Christ’s purpose and promise as our own, and we commit ourselves to be nourishing bread and life-giving grace for a wounded world.

The cup is filled with grape juice in order not to exclude those who wish or need to abstain from alcohol. Gluten-free bread is also available.

Our ChurchGiving
Almost every service has an opportunity for those gathered to give of their "tithes and offerings" to support the ministry of that particular congregation. Through United Methodist ‘Shared Ministries’, a portion of these gifts support ministries of service and outreach throughout the state, nation, and world. Together, we send almost 1,000 mission personnel to more than 60 countries, and have established universities, schools, hospitals, and clinics all over the world. Go to or for more information!

We also teach that giving is about so much more than money. When we join the church, we promise to support its ministry with ‘our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.’ So we are all invited to participate, each in our unique way, as God gives us the ability.

    Styles of Worship
    The 8:30 a.m. service is in the chapel, located near the parking lot entrance, and it is informal, interactive, and intimate. Music is led on piano and keyboard.
    The 10:45 a.m. service in the main Sanctuary blends traditional and contemporary, lively and reflective, spoken, sung, and visual elements to create a rich and meaningful experience. We are blessed with some truly gifted musicians. The Atrium next to the Sanctuary offers coffee, community time, and mission opportunities. Child care is provided by a skilled staff person.

    Special services during the year use a variety of different styles and settings, and an additional, non-traditional gathering is in the planning stages.

    Handicapped parking is available at the front and rear of the church building, and an elevator provides accessibility between floors. Hearing assist devices are available at the sound desk at the rear of the main Sanctuary.

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