Sunday Morning Worship
From September through June, MPC offers two worship services each Sunday, one at 8:30 am and an identical service at 11:00 am. During the summer months we offer one service at 10:00 am, with a lovely outdoor service added at 8:30 am on the first Sunday of June, July and August.
Ours is a friendly congregation and conversation fills the sanctuary prior to each service until we hear the Westminster Chimes calling us to center and prepare ourselves for worship. A musical Voluntary then follows before a worship leader calls us to worship and praise God.
After we sing an opening hymn, we join our voices together in a prayer of confession to remind us that none of us is without sin. The Confession is typically led by a lay member, who then joyfully leads us as we shout out the goods news that we forgiveness is ours through the grace of God in Jesus Christ. We then greet one another with peace of Christ.
The pastor extends a welcome to the all, reminding long time member and first time visitor alike that we are in "God's House and there are no strangers here; all are welcome". We then share announcements about all the many activities that take place in our busy congregation.
After we share announcements we may have something special planned, such at the Administration of the Sacrament of Baptism, the Ordination & Installation of New Officers, Welcoming New Members, or Commissioning different groups to special service.
The Time with Children is a particularly joyful moment in worship as the pastor, an elder, or perhaps even our high school youth, help our youngest Christians learn about the love God graces them with through Jesus Christ.
Worship is at the heart of all we do, and the sermon is the heart of each worship service. Sermons are grounded in biblical text and we expect our preachers to challenge us, enlighten us, teach us, and transform us through the Word preached.
We are a praying congregation, and our Prayers of the People are also Prayers by the People, as we pray for one another and for needs throughout the world.
We typically celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month, alternating between serving by pew and having the people come forward for intinction. We remind worshipers that the invitation to the Table comes from our Lord himself and all are welcome.
We conclude our worship service with a hymn, followed by a benediction, all joining hands together, a reminder that we are the body of Christ, called to go out and serve joyfully in the name of Jesus Christ.
Hymns used in worship are drawn from many different resources to allow us to sing hymns from other denominations, peoples, cultures, and times.
You can see the most recent worship bulletin by clicking on this link: