Our Worship

Please Note:  On the second Sunday of June, worship will be at 11AM and 11AM only!  There will be NO Sunday School or Fellowship Time!  Sunday lunch will start at 11:30 AM and all are invited.  This change is due to many attending the Lodestar All Church Retreat!  In 2017, this is June 11.

Sunday Schedule (except for June 11, 2017–see above note)

  • 8:00 AM  Child Care Opens.
  • 8:30 AM Traditional Worship featuring our Chancel Choir and includes congregational singing of heritage and contemporary hymns, scripture reading, sermon, children’s time, prayer and offering. During the sermon children 6th grade and younger are invited to attend the children’s story time in a room at the back of the sanctuary or are welcome to stay in worship. Child care is available for infants through 1st grade. However, children are always welcome in worship.
  • 9:30 – 10:45 AM Fellowship Time in Bartholomew Hall.
  • 9:45 AM Christian Education for children and youth.
  • 9:50 AM Godly Play for 3 years old (potty trained) – 3rd grade.
  • 10:00 AM Adult Christian Education.
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Worship featuring our band, Elk Grove Players and our drama ministry. This service includes the singing of contemporary songs and hymns, scripture reading, sermon, a drama, children’s time, prayer and offering. During the sermon children 6th grade and younger are invited to attend the children’s story time in a room at the back of the sanctuary or are welcome to stay in worship. Child care is available for infants through 1st grade. However, children are always welcome in worship.
  • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM  “Get to Know Your Neighbor” Free lunch in Bartholomew Hall—all are welcome.
  • 12:00 Noon – 2:00  Youth Fellowship (7th-12th grade) meet for lunch, study, games, service/mission work and prayer.
  • 12:00 Noon – 12:30 PM  Children’s Choir Rehearsal (ages 3-12).  The choir rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the childcare center immediately following the 11 AM worship.
  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM Acolytes (2nd-6th grade) meet on the second and fourth Sundays for lunch, spiritual time, service and work projects and games.

Communion is provided the first Sunday of every month at both services. Fruit juice is served in place of wine and all are welcome to partake in Communion. Gluten free options are available. We also offer anointing and prayers of healing on Communion Sundays.

Weekly Schedule

  • Tuesday 7:30 AM  Centering Prayer.  We meet for a brief reading and twenty minute period of silence.  All are welcome.
  • Tuesday 6:00-7:30 PM Drama Ministry, writing group.  All persons 6th grade through adult are welcome. This group does not meet in July and early August.
  • Tuesday 7:00-8:3o PM Drama Ministry, acting group.  All persons 6th grade through adult are welcome. This group does not meet in July and early August.
  • Wednesday 6:30 PM  Elk Grove Players Rehearsal. This group leads the 11:00 AM worship service.  See the Director of Music for information about auditions.
  • Wednesday 7:45 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal.  All adults and mature youth are welcome. The ability to read music is not required. This choir sings at the 8:30 AM worship service.
  • Thursday 10:00 AM Bible Study.  We are currently using a resource entitled Genesis to Revelation. All Adults and mature youth are welcome.
  • Saturday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM “Get to Know Your Neighbor” Free Breakfast in Bartholomew Hall. All are welcome.
  • Sunday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM “Get to Know Your Neighbor” Free Lunch in Bartholomew Hall. All are welcome.

Seasonal Worship Opportunities

Advent Services

A quiet evening of worship and music on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM featuring favorite Christmas stories, held during the three weeks before Christmas.

All Saint’s Day

During church services on the first Sunday of November (or the last Sunday of October), we celebrate, thank, and give praise to all those “saints” that have been in our lives. There will be an opportunity to add the names of departed “saints” to our memorial bell banner prior to All Saint’s Sunday.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. We have an evening service to receive ashes on our foreheads as a sign of our mortality and a worship service to begin our Lenten journey.

Blessing of the Animals

An outdoor service near St. Francis of Assisi’s birthday which is September 26.  St. Francis is considered the patron saint of animals.  The community is invited to bring their pet(s) for a blessing.  We have a short worship service and each pet is blessed individually.  Pet and people refreshments are served!

Children’s Musical Workshop

Summer workshop for children (grades 1 – 6). Children learn the elements of producing a musical including: singing, staging, dancing, lighting, and sets. The musical performance is presented during Sunday service.

Christmas Eve Services

We have two candlelight services on Christmas Eve at which we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The 5:30 service offers all an opportunity to participate in our our “no-rehearsal” Christmas pageant as we act out the story of the birth of Jesus. The 9:00 PM service offers a homily and special Christmas Music. Christmas Carols are sang at both services. In between the services we have a soup supper for all who would like to join us.

Epiphany

Epiphany is the twelfth and final day of Christmas–January 6. In Spanish-speaking countries it is called El Dia de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings). We celebrate the arrival of the Magi who brought gifts (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) to give to the child Jesus and his family. The star which guided the Magi or Wise Ones is a symbol of the season which focuses on the spread of the gospel to the four corners of the earth. Our church celebrates Epiphany with a brief outdoor service. We sing Christmas and Epiphany carols, read the Epiphany scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, share in prayers which focus on the light and then have a great bonfire in which we burn our Christmas trees! The service is followed by a hotdog potluck supper. An inspiring event for all ages!

Good Friday

Good Friday falls on the Friday before Easter. We have an evening service in which we remember the last days of Jesus’ life through music, liturgy and drama.

Lenten Services

A quiet evening of worship and music, held during the Lenten season. Services are intended to enrich our life together and to feel God’s spirit during the Lenten journey toward the Cross.

Prayer Vigil

We offer quarterly prayer vigils. The community is invited to come to the sanctuary and pray. Each vigil has a theme dealing with time of year or special concerns in our society. Prayer programs help guide participants.