Sunday traditional, family-friendly Worship

Sunday mornings, 10:30am - 11:45am, in the Sanctuary

The Traditional service combines elements common in most American Protestant worship services with some elements reflecting particular Community UCC traditions and values. Worshippers speak, sing, and listen, using a bulletin to follow the service and find hymn numbers. The sermon - designed to help congregants focus on some aspect of their faith journey - takes a variety of forms.

While generally presented by the pastor, sermons may be given by a guest, a member or a committee of the church (for example, the Wider Outreach Committee, the Youth Group, the Church School Children, a chancel drama group or the choir). Childcare is available for those aged 3 and younger. Children and youth should check the introduction to the bulletin to find out if they have church school that Sunday.

Recent Sermons

Videos of special past sermons (CUCC Archive)

What happens on a typical Sunday?

The first two segments of worship - We Gather to Worship God and We Listen for God's Word - bring all generations of the congregation together. During a brief welcome and sharing of announcements, everyone is invited to sign the Caring Roll; this is an easy way to learn the names of those seated with you in the pew.

The call to worship, prayer of invocation, and scripture readings occur while the children are present with their families. These are followed by the Children's Time when children gather on the steps of the sanctuary for a short discussion (often with props); parents are welcome to join their children. Children are then dismissed to church school. Those children who prefer to remain in worship with their parents may do so. Worship continues with special instrumental or choral music, additional scripture readings, and the sermon.  During Lent, the children and youth are following a special schedule.

We Heed God's Call moves us toward an outward focus with a Ministry Moment which suggests ways to serve in and beyond the church, the collection of financial offerings, and the prayers of the people. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. After worship, we gather in the fellowship hall to meet visitors and to talk with each other; join us for coffee and light snacks!

What time should I plan to arrive?

Arriving 15 minutes early will give you time to locate your children's church school classrooms and allow them to meet "Mrs. Anne Bailey" Zschau. Adults will be able to become familiar with the order of worship in the bulletin and to ask questions so you feel comfortable. We have quiet time in the sanctuary from 10:15-10:30 to prepare our hearts and minds for worship.