Sunday Worship at South Salem Presbyterian Church
Worship is at the very heart of the church’s life. All that the church is and does is rooted in its worship. The community of faith, gathered in response to God’s call, is formed in its worship. Worship is the principal influence that shapes our faith, and is the most visible way we express the faith. -(Book of Common Worship, 1993, W/JK press, Louisville, KY)
Everyone is welcome on Sunday Mornings at 10am for worship service. Our services follow the ecumenical and ancient model of the four fold pattern: Gathering, The Word, Eucharist (which means thanksgiving), and Sending as outlined in our denomination’s Book of Common Worship. We have communion every Sunday and all Christians of any tribe or denomination are welcome to participate.
Our worship is Reformed and catholic (expresses the unity of the church as one regardless of denomination). The central symbols of our faith are always present: the Word, water, bread and wine. Through prayer, music, voices and actions we consciously and actively worship the triune God with our whole being. Shaped and formed by God’s Spirit we are sent from worship to be bearers of God’s love in the world.
A description of the shape of our worship is below:
With its focus upon scripture and sacrament, the main body of the service moves broadly from hearing to doing, from proclamation to thanksgiving, and from Word to table.
The people gather in response to God’s call, offering praise in words of scripture, prayer, and song. The people acknowledge their sinfulness and receive the declaration of God’s forgiveness.
Scriptures are read and their message is proclaimed. Psalms, hymns, spirituals, or anthems may be sung between the readings. Responses to the proclamation of God’s Word include expressions of faith and commitment, and the offering of prayers for worldwide and local needs.
As hearing becomes doing, the tithes and offerings of the people are gathered, and the table is set with bread and wine. The people are invited to the table of the Lord. Prayer is offered in which God is praised for creation and providence, Christ’s work of redemption is remembered with thanksgiving, and the Holy Spirit is invoked upon and in the church. The bread is broken, and the bread and wine are served to the people.
The people are sent forth with God’s blessing to serve.
-(Book of Common Worship, 1993, W/JK press, Louisville, KY)
While we offer childcare, children of all ages are welcome in worship for its entirety. Some go to the nursery after the Children’s sermons and some toddlers are in the nursery for the entire service. However, we encourage families to worship together and there is no problem with having children in any worship service at SSPC.
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