What to Expect
When you park, you’ll see a couple of entrances to our space. We invite you to make your way down to the back door of the sanctuary if you park in the upper lot, or to the front glass doors if you park in our lower lot.
When you enter our worship space, you’ll come into our entrance area where one of our greeters will welcome you and help you settle in. We invite you, as you enter, to spend some time with the waters of baptism before you find your seat.
You’ll receive a leaflet which contains everything you need in order to participate to the full in our liturgy, and we invite you to spend some time centering yourself quietly in our space, where you’ll see rich fabrics, tapestries, stained glass, and iconography to help you enter deeply into our sacred time together.
At 10:30AM, we begin our time together words and prayers that welcome and lift up all the different ways we come to know God in the Bible and in our own experiences. We reflect in holy silence on all that we’ve carried with us to this space and listen to words of freedom and love spoken over us so we can be truly present. Lay people, just like you, are involved in the service as much as our clergy. And we share a sign of peace and welcome with those around us.
Music serves as a guide and a friend throughout worship. Sometimes we sing along to a triumphant organ blast. Sometimes we sing contemplatively with a soulful piano. Sometimes we let our breath and our voices be the only instruments. Music accompanies us into prayer and gives us words to “pray twice,” as a wise person once said.
We hear the ancient words of those who put our sacred story to paper, passages from the Bible that are often chosen from a guide called the lectionary. Then through both children’s time and a sermon, we question, connect with, and discover how God is speaking to us today. We are often challenged, often comforted, and we always find hope.
In each service, we take time to act on what we’ve heard through prayer, giving, and singing as we bundle up each of our individual stories into the unfolding story of God’s goodness.
On the first Sunday of each month and on special occasions, we gather at Christ’s table of welcome to receive the Eucharist, also known as Communion or the Lord’s Supper. At Pilgrim UCC, everyone is welcome to receive communion. We use non-alcoholic wine and have gluten-free bread available.
After we’ve responded, we sing once more before we are blessed and sent out to continue our worship through our work in the world, making God’s dream of a healed world a reality.