Worship

University Presbyterian Church

Weekly Worship: Sunday, 9:30am – 10:30am
Church School (child-adult): 11:00am – 12:00pm

First of all, come as you are! We offer a relaxed atmosphere as we make use of a variety of styles and elements. While shaped around a traditional Reformed worship format, on any given Sunday any number of different styles of music may be heard—from traditional hymns, praise music, spirituals, to music from the Taize and Iona communities, as well as the global church.

Children are always welcome and are invited to participate in several ways. Our liturgists include youth as well as adult men and women. The diversity of the body of Christ is affirmed as we try to make sure the elements of our services do not exclusively support the needs of some members at the expense of others.

During some seasons of the liturgical year we offer special evening services which most often begin at 7:00pm. These may include Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, as well as special healing or prayer services. Christmas Eve services typically begin at 5:00pm (Children’s Pageant) and 8:00pm (traditional service with communion and choir).

Revised Common Lectionary

A lectionary is an established method of reading and reflecting on the Bible. The Revised Common Lectionary used by UPC is the same one used by many other church denominations. Each week four texts are offered from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures (Old and New Testaments). Every three years the lectionary moves us through the entire Bible, though it does not necessarily cover everything. The lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday may be found on the lower portion of the far right sidebar. There are times, however, when we may veer away from the lectionary for short periods.

There is also a daily lectionary for personal meditation and prayer that offers texts for every day of the year, rotating through the whole Bible every two years. These texts can also be found in the far right sidebar of this site.

Sacraments

University Presbyterian ChurchWe regularly celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist). These are rituals that engage the whole congregation and help us hear God’s promise to us as we are nurtured by God’s Spirit, bound together in Christian love, and guide is in making public our commitment to serve Christ and walk in the Way of Jesus.

Baptism is the sign of our initiation into the community of Jesus Christ. Parents may bring their infant children for baptism as long as one parent is an active member UPC. Baptism is a requirement of youth and adults seeking membership in the Church and who have not been baptized.

The Lord’s Supper, sometimes called Holy Communion or Eucharist (which means “thanksgiving”), is the sign of God’s continual nurture of our lives in Jesus Christ. We generally celebrate this holy meal the first Sunday of each month, as well as on other special days. We also take communion to our home-bound members and those in the hospital at their request (please contact the church office if you would like communion brought to you or a loved one).

We celebrate communion by the practice of “intinction,” which involves coming forward to receive the elements at stations near the Communion Table in the front of the sanctuary. If moving around is a challenge for you, don’t worry! We also have servers who come around with trays to serve those unable to come forward.

We practice an open table and invite all who trust in Jesus Christ to share in this meal, celebrating God’s gift in Jesus life, death and resurrection.

If you have other questions about our worship, please feel free to call our pastor or the church office for more information or use our Contact form to connect via email.

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