Worship

Gathering in the presence of the Holy is at the heart of the Christian church. When we worship together at Glendale, we anticipate remembering that God is at work in our lives through individual growth and the experience of community.

At Glendale we recognize the importance of the ways that language is used in worship. We do not attempt to change every historical reading, anthem and hymn in each service; we do try over time to balance cultural and gender references to include all persons in the worship of God. We encourage the use of inclusive language in worship. As a result, worship at Glendale is a richly textured experience that seeks to honor God and nurtures our souls.

Our diverse membership offers rich resources for worship. The Worship Ministry and Minister of Music collaborate with the pastors in planning the community’s worship. Generally following the lectionary, we use a variety of creative expressions through music, communion, prayers, readings, silence, interpretive dance, drama and sermon. Banners present themes for the various seasons of the church year. Our sanctuary choir is an integral part of each worship service and enriches both our individual and corporate worship experience.

Children and youth are important to our worship at Glendale. They participate just as adults do in leading worship as acolytes, reading Scripture, bringing offerings, leading in congregational readings, singing in choirs and presenting special dramatic or musical offerings.

The Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/Holy Week/Easter seasons are particularly important times at Glendale. Celebrating Advent teaches us the joys of anticipation, celebration, expectation and the art of giving and receiving in Christ's love. The Christmas Eve Lovefeast in the Moravian Tradition is a highlight of the season. Services during the Lenten Season and Holy Week include an intergenerational service on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes, a Holy Week Service of Foot-Washing and Communion on the Wednesday of Holy Week and Holy Friday gatherings at noon and in the evening.

Worship services are also occasions to celebrate special events in the life of our community. These include parent dedications when new babies are presented, Bible presentations to first and second-graders, baptism, ordination and the recognition of graduates.

 

Weekly Schedule

Sunday School   9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service   10:30 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays   5:15 p.m.
Wednesday Night Dinner   5:45 p.m.*
Wednesday Night Programs   6:45 p.m.


*call 615.269.0926 or email for reservations