Worship

Slide Community of Faith We gather as a family of faith to praise and worship God in community. We gather around the Word of God to listen for the Spirit’s voice speaking. Through the scriptures read, sung, and proclaimed we are moved to respond through prayer, offerings, and service. Our members’ personal relationships with God are also enriched through individual worship practices supported by church-provided resources.

Scripture & Sermons
Memorial Presbyterian Church stands in the rich tradition of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) taking scripture, the Word of God, to be the focus of worship. We believe that scripture is the primary way that we come to know who God is for us; through the words of scripture we meet the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.

You can expect our worship and sermons to deeply engage the fullness of scripture, which speaks to our hearts as well as our heads. At Memorial Presbyterian Church worship is the center of life and faith. People of all ages and at many different places on the journey of faith gather in worship to hear God's Word and sermons that explore the intersection of faith and life, approaching life’s questions through our Presbyterian faith and values.

Communion
The Lord's Supper is a joyful feast in the presence of our risen Lord. The bread and juice represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal He shared with his Apostles. This symbolizes the New Covenant between God and His people. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has an open table. Invitation to the Lord's Supper is extended to all who hold Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Baptized children, who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the Lord's Supper, are invited to participate in the celebration of communion. At MPC, communion is observed on the first Sunday of every month and on other special occasions.

Children in Worship
Jesus welcomed the children to "come unto me" (Matthew 19:14). Therefore, we as a congregation commit ourselves, when we baptize children, to nurture their faith and support their families. That support means welcoming children of all ages in worship. We believe that their presence in worship enriches the gathered community with their sense of wonder and enthusiasm. Together, we have much to learn about the mysteries of our faith. We also provide additional worship options that are age appropriate.

• Babies and children of all ages are welcome at any worship service. An activity table, with books, puzzles, and crayons is located in the narthex (lobby area) next to the sanctuary, for children who would like to take a short break from the service. Nursery care is also provided by paid caregivers throughout the year for children through the age of 3 (48 months).

• Kinderchurch is an age-appropriate worship service for children ages 3 through Grade 2. Children attend worship with their parents for approximately 15 minutes, and then move to the Kinderchurch room after the “Time for Children” segment of the worship service. This program follows the lectionary and allows young children to experience worship on their level of understanding. Kinderchurch is not held on those Sundays when communion is served, so that children may experience the communion service, at their parents’ discretion.

Music
Music is an integral part of worship at Memorial Presbyterian Church. We experience a wide variety of musical styles and traditions in our services through the use of hymns, anthems, and congregational responses. Our musical groups include a Children's Choirs, the Handbell Choir and the Chancel Choir.

Children's Choir
Children from Preschool through Grade 5 participate in a fun, curriculum-based music experience. Their efforts are shared with the entire congregation when they occasionally provide anthem music in the worship service. Choir rehearsals are conveniently incorporated into the Christian Education hour on Sunday mornings.

Handbell Choir
No experience is needed, just a willingness to learn and the ability to keep time. Handbell Choir rehearsals are held every Wednesday throughout the academic year at 5:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir
While typically comprised of adults, older youth are more than welcome to join in this ministry of music, as we sing our praises through much-loved hymns, beautiful anthems, and challenging cantatas. The Chancel Choir rehearses every Wednesday throughout the academic year at 7:00 p.m.

Below you will find our times for worship and coffee, each service's scripture lesson and the rehearsal times for our music program. We look forward to welcoming you to our worshiping community!
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Worship
10:00 am
Preaching: Pastor Mike Reading: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 (Luke 11:13) Turn to a merciful God, promise of the Spirit. Other: Second Sunday in Advent
Dec 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fellowship Hour via Zoom
11:00 am
Find the Zoom link in the Memo each week
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Worship
10:00 am
Preaching: Pastor Mike Reading: Isaiah 61:1-11 (Luke 4:16-21) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to bring good news, liberty, and to make an[...]
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fellowship Hour via Zoom
11:00 am
Find the Zoom link in the Memo each week
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Worship
10:00 am
Preaching: Pastor Mike Reading: Luke 1:26-45 [46-56] (Psalm 113) Announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary; he will receive the throne of David. Other: Fourth Sunday[...]
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fellowship Hour via Zoom
11:00 am
Find the Zoom link in the Memo each week
Dec 24 all-day
Virtual Worship
12:00 am
Preaching: Pastor Mike Reading: Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] (Psalm 96) Birth of Jesus. Other: Christmas Eve
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Worship
10:00 am
Preaching: CP Greg Braatz Reading: Luke 2:8-20 (Psalm 123:1-2) Shepherds visit the infant Jesus.
Dec 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fellowship Hour via Zoom
11:00 am
Find the Zoom link in the Memo each week