We currently are holding some of these services via Zoom and we look forward to when we can worship in our sanctuary and participate in all of these services again.
While Sunday morning worship is the heart of our community’s faith life, we also hold many special worship gatherings throughout the year. Sometimes they are at different times, days and locations, and sometimes with other faith communities.
The Love Feast – Every September, to kick off the new program year, we gather in our Parish Hall for a Love Feast. Based on the meals that Jesus shared with his disciples — an expression of community, sharing, and solidarity — the Love feast is a delightful mashup of breakfast, worship, and coffee hour all rolled into one.
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service – To celebrate the rich plurality of religious life in our area, we often host The Interfaith Council of Franklin Country’s Community Thanksgiving Service with people and leaders from the area’s varied religious communities.
Blue Christmas – Usually on December 21st, the longest night of the year, we gather in the evening for a simple Christmas-time service with those for whom the holidays are not always joyful. The reality is that many find themselves feeling lonely, in mourning, feeling alienated, or even cast aside from family celebrations. While the culture insists that we should just ‘put on a happy face’, we don’t think it’s healthy for people experiencing sadness or grief to deny their true feelings.
Christmas Eve – We gather in the early evening of December 24th to hear the ancient stories, sing the great Christmas carols, bask in the warm candlelight, and be reminded of the night that God slipped into our world. Children are welcome to stay in worship.
Taize (pr. ‘Tah-zay’) – On New Year’s Eve, we welcome people from many different churches, and the larger community, to gather for this quiet and contemplative worship service. Based the monastic community of Taize France, which is made up of Catholics and Protestants, many people find this blend of music and meditation, scripture readings and simple songs the perfect way to welcome the new year.
Music & Story Sunday – On the first Sunday after Christmas the people in our community share their gifts of poetry and art, stories and song as we continue to celebrate the Christmas season.
Ash Wednesday – Forty days before Easter, we gather in the downstairs chapel for a dark and moving ancient service that both reminds us of our mortality and yet points us to an Easter hope.
Holy Thursday – Before his death, Jesus commanded the disciples to love one another. In that same spirit, we gather for a powerful service that re-enacts the Last Supper they shared. Candles and readings vividly tell the story of Jesus’ last days.
Good Friday – Some years we set up our labyrinth for people to walk. Other years we join with another church for this special service.
Children & Youth Sunday – Every year in June we let our youngsters lead the Sunday morning worship service as a way to share with us some of what they have learned during the school year.
Social Justice Vigils – Because we care about people and the larger world, we host vigils for peace and justice, healing and hope. Whether it is for people struggling with addiction, peace in times of war, concerns with environmental stewardship, or for the homeless who have died, we know it is good to gather to sing and pray and be in community.
Summer Union Services – Each Summer we partner with two to three other area churches by joining them on some Sunday mornings while other times having them join us at our church. Usually these are the last Sundays in June, July, and August.