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Here, we strive to give voice to our human condition and be empowered for life in God’s kin’dom!
We strive to be multigenerational and multicultural as far as we can, with an arm in the past to grasp the best of our heritage and an arm in the future to reach for the fruit that God is bearing in our lives. Much of our music is chosen from The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), The Faith We Sing (2001), and Worship & Song (2011). Our service is dotted with prayers, scripture, and readings in a liturgical manner. We value full participation of the whole family of God. Written and spoken liturgy (meaning ‘the work of the people’) helps us to engage in body and soul, connect us to the “great cloud of witnesses,” as we worship God in “spirit and truth.”
STYLE: Our worship strives to balance heartfelt congregational involvement with historic liturgy and order (“Word and Table”). Traditional hymns and more contemporary choruses are used throughout the service. Prayers on behalf of the Church, world, nation, community, and personal requests are offered each week. The scripture readings and sermon theme usually follow a pattern either as a sermon series or following a weekly program of scripture readings (a ‘lectionary’). We normally read from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or another contemporary easy-to-follow English translation. All of our liturgy is displayed on our sanctuary TVs in a manner that is clear and easy-to-read.
The Church Year, with its Holy Days and seasons, orders the life of our congregation.
PARTICIPATION: Our honored guests are invited to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable. We do not make guests stand up and introduce themselves nor wear name tags (although our members might wear their name tags). Bulletins are provided to help us all fully participate and feel comfortable together. Standing together, singing together, reciting words together, and praying together are just some ways that bind groups together: these are important means that form a people.
GIVING: We believe your presence is blessing enough for us. As our honored guest, we do not request that you give from your pocketbook, unless you feel this is part of your calling. A Guest Card will be handed to you before the start of our service and we invite you to fill it out and return a portion of it to the offering plates. The offering plates are no longer passed through the pews but are located as your enter and leave our sanctuary.
You may choose to donate electronically. You can do this through VANCO via our website: peumc.org/donate
You may choose to give a one-time payment or set up a recurring payment schedule by signing up through VANCO or printing out and returning the paper authorization form.
ATTIRE: Casual! We are a blue-collar and even no-collar church! Don’t let the stone facade and stained-glass fool you. Come as you are! You will be loved no matter what you wear! What’s important to God (and us) is what’s on the inside!