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On the second Sunday of September, we give thanks for our congregation’s life and gather again in covenant and community as we begin a new program year together.
On four Sundays during the year at the morning service, we pray for health and wholeness in our lives, our congregation, and in the world. We are also invited to receive a sign of God’s healing love (prayer, soothing oil, “laying-on-of-hands”).
Blessing of the Animals
Annually, the church also opens its doors for a Blessing of the Animals, with cats, dogs, birds and other creatures joining us in worship (and often raising up their voices with us in “song”). Photos, toys or other symbols of animals who are at the service only in spirit are also welcomed for blessings by our ministers and lay leaders.
Commemoration of All Saints
The last Sunday of the Church Year, we celebrate the saints who surround us, living and dead, ordinary and extraordinary.
Christmas Eve and Day
In addition to a Christmas Eve candlelight service, we gather on Christmas morning for a service of holy communion and carol-singing.
Festival of Epiphany
On the night of January 6, we celebrate the light of Christ with a community supper, a candlelight procession, and a renewal of baptism.
On the first night of Lent, we acknowledge our origins in the dust, our brokenness and our dependence on God, and receive ashes as a sign of mortality.
On the last Sunday of Lent, we remember Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem. We greet him with a “parade” of young and old, waving palms and singing traditional songs, as we enter the sanctuary to begin the morning service.
We recall the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples, to love one another as he loved us. We also remember his last meal with his friends by celebrating holy communion. And in a darkened sanctuary, we call to mind Jesus’ anguish and arrest in the Garden of Gesthemene.
We lament the world’s pain and injustice, and we honor the death of the Lord on the cross of shame.
On Easter, we celebrate Resurrection of Christ and proclaim the message the God's love is stronger than death!
Pentecost Sunday commemorates the day when the gift of God’s Spirit fell on the early followers of Jesus, and everyone experienced the universal reach and reconciling power of God’s mercy.