Our worship services offer a combination of word, song, silence, and reflection. Sermons from Rev. Norm and guest preachers are both uplifting and challenging. The music is largely contemporary, deeply resonant, and always in support of the morning’s theme. Central to our worship experience is the sharing of Joys & Sorrows when congregants share what’s in their hearts, either aloud or in silent reflection. Each service ends with our shared and sung benediction: “From you I receive, to you I give. Together we share, by this we live.”
“I go to church…because I fall below my own standards and need to be constantly brought back to them. I must have my conscience sharpened–sharpened until it goads me to the most thorough and responsible thinking and action of which I am capable.” – A. Powell Davies
Following the service, all are welcome to mingle over coffee and snacks. Adults and teens are invited to join a post-service discussion where they take a deeper dive into a topic – and have a chance to challenge the minister! Guest preachers come from a range of faith traditions. We are dedicated to diversity in all its forms and to making all activities fully accessible.
“Spirit of Life” is sung each Sunday and is accompanied by the children’s sign language interpretation, one of several ways in which worship services are intentionally multi-generational.
Our teens take leadership roles during worship, often serving as Worship Associates and sometimes as lay preachers. Most Sundays, children participate in the first half of the service then adjourn to their classroom for activities related to religious education and social justice. Teens and tweens remain in the sanctuary. A “Time for All Ages” is often included, when Rev. Norm offers a fully-participatory experience with the children. Nursery care is provided throughout the service.