This Sunday at MPC:
Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am
Dr. Ferguson, preaching
 
 
 

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Sunday Morning Worship

From September through June, MPC offers two worship services each Sunday, one at 8:30am and one at 11:00am. During the summer months there is one service at 10:00am.

The Sunday morning congregation enters the sanctuary sharing the fellowship of friendly conversation. The opportunity to center oneself for worship comes in the form of a musical voluntary, usually an organ piece performed by the Director of Music, or a special anthem. The Call to Worship is typically a responsive reading printed in the bulletin, followed by a hymn.

Recognizing that none of us is without sin or error, the Call to Confession, read by the liturgist, invites us to bring our shortcomings before God. The congregation then reads the Unison Prayer of Confession from the bulletin. Silent prayers of confession follow. Trusting in God's grace, the liturgist reads the Declaration of Forgiveness. A joyful response, typically one verse of a hymn, is sung by the congregation.

At this point, the pastor greets the congregation with "May the peace of Christ be with you," to which the people reply, "And also with you." In this way, the Peace is passed from handshake to handshake, smile to smile, throughout the gathering of God's people. The sounds of organ music direct attention back to the pulpit, and a brief response is sung.

The pastor extends a welcome to the congregation and shares announcements of general interest. A Moment for Mission may follow, wherein a member, usually representing the Mission Team, shares news of an opportunity for service.

The Time with Children is a special part of every 11:00 service. The pastor, or occasionally another adult or youth, calls the children forward. Seated on the chancel steps, the children receive a version of the day's message in terms to which they can relate. Time with Children concludes with prayer, after which the children return to their parents or exit the sanctuary to enjoy additional age-appropriate activities.

A prayer for illumination prepares hearts and minds to hear readings from the Old and New Testaments. The sermon follows.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the ushers take up the offering, to the accompaniment of an organ piece or choir anthem.

The Prayers of the People are published for inclusion in each member's daily prayer life. The list is available in the narthex or by email. In worship, the pastor highlights these concerns and those of the nation and world. This segment of worship concludes with the Lord's Prayer, prayed in unison, and followed with a hymn.

If the service is to include communion, it may be served at this time. Communion is served by pew or intinction on the first Sunday of every month and on other special occasions during the liturgical year.

To end the service of worship, the pastor extends a joyful benediction. The congregation exits to enjoy coffee and fellowship in the narthex.

 

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