We are informally formal, Christian, protestant in worship; and you wonder “what does all that mean?”
A journey into a typical service…
At the very beginning of worship, the Church Moderator welcomes all with the words, No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! We attempt to have an inclusive, open, welcoming theme in worship whether the pastor is speaking or others are taking leadership.
Pastor Bruce practically never wears a tie, let alone a robe; although, it would be acceptable if he did so. Most church members come casually dressed. While a formal sanctuary is available, worship usually takes place in a fellowship hall which allows for a more intimate atmosphere.
Peace Church tries to include variety. A typical Sunday worship service is hymn based, led by a pianist and a small choir.
A different model is practiced on the 4th Sunday where a musician leads the congregation into worship with praise oriented songs. This service is developed around a guitar and a song leader. It is intentionally developed to have a different feel from the other Sundays of the month.
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, the message arises out of a short movie that lifts up a message related with the life of Peace Church.
No matter the service, effort is made to lift up a progressive and inclusive form of Christianity, which teaches about a loving and welcoming God.
Pastor Bruce’s messages are scripturally based, respectful of scholarship, and contain practical applications. Periodically an interactive conversation arises as part of the message. Individuals are welcome to have their own thoughts and beliefs. These frequently are different from those of the pastor. Nice. Sermons may take place with the pastor standing. From time to time he sits in the hope of bringing a more conversational approach. Sometimes short films elicit conversation among those in attendance. In addition to Pastor Bruce, Peace Church is blessed with members who step forward and offer the message.
Prayer in worship builds from “Joys and Concerns” of the day. We allow an extended period of silence for private prayer and then spoken prayer by a worship leader. Sometimes we use a sung Taize-type response.
Worship lasts about one hour, beginning at 5:00 PM every Sunday evening.
While interaction is included in worship, individuals are free to be silent.
About once a month, usually on the first Sunday, we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All are welcome. No one is excluded . . . unless you exclude yourself. You don’t have to think like we do. You don’t have to be a member. You can be uncertain about what you believe. You simply are welcome! When celebrated, Communion usually incorporates gluten-free bread and grape juice.
As a church and denomination, we generally practice infant baptism (a welcoming into the family of God) but respect the right of individuals to choose no baptism or to wait for a later date for a believer’s baptism. If already baptized there is no need to be re-baptized.