Most Sundays 10:15 a.m. worship services are ‘traditional’ in format. Recognizing that ‘traditional’ might lead to the almost clichéd imagery of pews, ‘Sunday dress’, absolute silence, and stain-glass windows, we’d like to clarify that for us ‘traditional’ means that worship follows a standard of hymn singing, silent and corporate prayer, and faith talk format. Our ‘traditional’ worships offer a simple and informal atmosphere that begins and ends with meditative centering music to prepare us for the week ahead. In between we encourage you to actively participate during the children’s story and responsive reading, and afterwards welcome you to enjoy some snacks and beverages during our Fellowship Hour.
Sacred Grounds style worship provides a conversational setting for Sunday morning worship. We sit at small tables, share in food and beverages, and take part in Table Talk. The worship facilitator leads with a scriptural reference and a short kick-off faith talk to get us into the discussion mode. Usually the participants get so engaged in discussing the questions they don’t want to stop when it is time to share-out with the whole group. Sacred Grounds can be led by the Pastor or lay leaders. Generally, we worship in this manner every third Sunday and any fifth Sunday that occurs during the year. We have enjoyed topics which have provided for soul-searching as a church family and we have discovered ways to better serve each other and the community.
On the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 PM, we create our own place of refuge away from work, stress, and daily pressures to experience and explore our relationship with God in a non-traditional setting. Gathering is various places around the Peace Campus, we aim to engage in life giving conversation and connection with God and others. While the Oasis Gathering is programmatic and topics change every month, somethings to expect include a labyrinth walk or other forms of present moment awareness, blessing of animals, an exploration of Oneness, and gathering in the garden.
Bread and Cup Communion
“Do this in remembrance of me”, Jesus told his followers when he used the bread and wine as symbols of his body and blood. We have bread and cup communion several times a year during our services, but not every Sunday. True to our understanding that there are many ways to experience faith in Jesus, there is no prescribed ritual, schedule or format for these communion experiences, which are always open to all without exception or requirements of any kind.
Love Feast & Footwashing
Twice a year we gather for a simple community meal, during which we recount and re-enact the events of The Last Supper. And just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, so we wash one another’s feet or hands in a spirit of humility and service to one another. At first, many of us found this to be kind of strange and uncomfortable, especially if we did not come from a Brethren background; yet many of us come to experience this service as profoundly meaningful and heart-changing. And, like everything we do, there is no requirement, expectation or pressure involved in participating or not in any part of the Love Feast or washing of feet.