Gathering on SundayAt People’s Congregational Church we seek always to be a vibrant faith community that, through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, engages people in transforming acts of service in the world. Worship is the core of our community of faith. We worship to give thanks and praise to God, to have the Word of God revealed to us, and to remember to Whom we belong. Through our worship offerings we strive to be inclusive, welcoming, and Christ-centered.
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9:00 a.m. = “The Anchor”
Guiding Scripture = We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.
~Hebrews 6: 18-19, CEVThe Anchor is worship in the traditional style, following an order of service that People’s Church has used for decades. Music incorporated into the service of worship is offered by the organ, piano, chancel choir and selected hymns. While many in our congregation are open to experiencing different styles of worship occasionally, they prefer to worship regularly in a traditional style to which they are accustomed. The Anchor provides a steadfast style of worship, rooted in the historic Protestant tradition, which is both comforting and familiar to many.
10:30 a.m. = “The WellSpring”
Guiding Scripture = Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~ John 4: 13-14Over the years, more and more of People’s people have expressed a need for an informal, contemporary style of worship to be offered regularly, not only occasionally. “The WellSpring” has a relaxed format and utilizes guitars as the primary musical accompaniment. In an effort to use less paper and offer a wider variety of artistic expression, the screen is used instead of a bulletin or hymnal. This allows for creativity in imagery, video and music. Those who have felt confined by the language of traditional liturgy along with newcomers who have little church experience welcome the less structured feeling of “The WellSpring”. In the summer, “The WellSpring” moves to the outdoor chapel on the church’s land. The format of the service stays the same without the use of the screen or multimedia. To be able to worship surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation has been a fulfilling experience for many – even those who would choose to worship at “The Anchor” during the rest of the year.
Last Sunday of the month, 10:30 a.m. = “The Oasis”
Guiding Scripture = “God will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make you strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.”
~ Isaiah 58:11Offered as the only worship opportunity one time each month, The Oasis intends to provide “creative worship to unite the community”. The style of worship varies from month to month and the goal is to provide an experience different from “The Anchor” or “The WellSpring” while building relationship as an entire congregation. Worship has been developed from particular genres (e.g. Iona worship) or musical styles (e.g. Bach) or artistic expression (e.g. dramatic presentation of the woman at the well). The two sacraments of our tradition are baptism and communion. Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month. At People’s Church we believe everyone is invited to the Lord’s table, therefore we practice open communion.