Worship Services

You are warmly welcomed to join us in-person for worship at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. There's no dress code; wear what's comfortable for you, from jeans to professional attire.

If you prefer online viewing, use the Live Service links in the sidebar for YouTube or Facebook, and to open the weekly Worship Guide. There's a link to a Previous Service if you'd like to see a typical service so you'll know what to expect.

Communion is observed generally on the first Sunday of the month. It is open to all. Everyone is welcome at the table. Because COVID safety protocols are still in place, we offer the communion elements in a pre-packaged set.

Sermons for February and March: Journey to the Cross

NOTE: The Gospel of Luke frequently uses “along the road” in describing Jesus’ journey and encounters. Dr. Simons made the phrase part of each sermon title for February and March, echoing our overall theme of Journey to the Cross.

Feb. 4: "Along the Road: The Infant Jesus Presented at the Temple." Luke 2:25-35. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Simeon visits the Temple. And when noticing Joseph, Mary and Jesus—he took Jesus into his arms and praised God. After a blessing he turned to Mary—“This child is destined to be a sign that will be rejected, and Mary, you will be pierced to the heart.”

Feb. 11: "Along the Road: Jesus at Twelve." Luke 2:41-52. Joseph and Mary’s family took their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Jesus was 12 years old. When the festive season was over, and they set forth toward home—Jesus was nowhere to be found, staying behind in Jerusalem. After 3 days he was discovered in the Temple—surrounded by teachers. This dialogue is applied to your spiritual pilgrimage.

February 14, Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Service
Memorial Chapel, 6pm

Feb. 18: "Along the Road: No Turning Back." Luke 9:51-62. Luke’s travel narrative to Jerusalem begins with Luke 9:51. What events prompted Jesus to set his face toward Jerusalem? First encounters will teach lessons about the frequent term on retribution and the cost of discipleship.

Feb. 25: "Along the Road: An Invitation to Dinner." Luke 11:37-53. While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dinner. And Jesus did not follow the tradition of “washing” before dinner. Jesus used their concern to teach lessons on inner and outer purity. A lawyer was present and voiced his concern, “you are reproaching us also.”  You’ll discover reasons, with contemporary application, as Pharisees began to provoke Jesus, lying in wait to use his words against him.

March 3: "Along the Road: Warning and Response." Luke 13:31-35. As Jesus was teaching along the way, Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” Jesus’ response guides you to the importance of self definition and courage, and pulls back the curtain on responding to political and social intimidation.

March 10: "Along the Road: The One." Luke 15:1-7. The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus. Pharisees and Scribes murmured, “This man receives sinners and eats with them." In this context Jesus teaches Parable of the Lost Sheep. The familiar story will become new, with discoveries on the importance of the one.

March 17: "Along the Road: A Question Before Going Up." Luke 18:28-34. Jesus and the disciples are entering Jericho and will begin their ascent up to Jerusalem. They overhear Jesus teaching a rich man, informing him how difficult it will be to get into heaven. Peter is confused and says, "We have left our homes and followed you." Jesus responds to all the disciples, guided by Peter’s question. You’ll discover lessons from Jesus’ mysterious response and the disciples' confusion when Jesus tells them what will happen in Jerusalem.

March 24: "Along the Road: From Bethany to the Temple." Luke 19:28-44. Drawing near to Bethpage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples to find a colt and return. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw garments on it and set Jesus upon it—setting the stage for Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But you will discover triumph is mixed with profound sorrow—weeping over Jerusalem as he drew near.

March 27, Wednesday
Seder Service
6pm

March 29, Friday
Good Friday Service
7pm, Sanctuary

March 31: "Along the Road: Resurrection and Invitation." Luke 24:28-35. A group of men experienced a chance encounter with Jesus, and as they drew near to the village Jesus walked on ahead. But they constrained him and said, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is far from spent.” And while Jesus was fellowshipping at the table, you’ll discover profound spiritual truths through Jesus’ combination of visual and words-—communicating a new reality because of the Resurrection.