Why We Worship (aka “go to Service”)
As a progressive Christian community we are comfortable updating many of the traditional words in our hymns and prayers to make them more inclusive and descriptive of the modern time in which we live. For over 200 years, however, we have preserved the traditional term “worship” to formally describe what we are up to on the first day of the week. Our collective wisdom discerns in “worship” a nugget of truth for our modern-day community, a call to beyond ourselves. Every Sunday morning we gather to move past our individual selves and into an experience of reverence and ever-present love that many of us call God. Traditionalists may imagine God as a loving parent while others identify God as inner light, divine consciousness, Jesus, Holy Spirit, or the love found between people, all of which are welcome and indeed celebrated. With that said, most of our members prefer to use the phrase “going to service” to describe what they are up to on the first day of the week. In the broadest sense, the most common reason why we, as an inter-generational community, attend worship is that a love within and beyond this community calls us to this place and we long to understand and live out that love more fully. If you plan to attend our Sunday morning service, we suggest coming more than once to best capture the movement of the liturgy, the diverse content and tone of the pastor’s meditations and to get to know our community. We look forward to seeing you! Click here to view an example of our order of service.