SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
We have moved into our air-conditioned Chapel for the summer.
From September through June, worship is held in our Sanctuary. The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. First Church celebrates open Communion, welcoming all to the Lord’s Table. A coffee hour for all follows the service.
FIFTH SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Every now and then a month will have five Sundays . . . that is the case in July! Since this doesn’t happen often, I thought it would be the appropriate Sunday to worship in a style that is a little different than usual. On July 29th we will worship using liturgy from the Iona Community of Scotland. For this service, we will have a conversation about the scripture, rather than a sermon. The week before, I will provide the scripture text and a few questions to help prepare us for the service. Below is some information about the Iona Community that was taken from their website, for more info go to: iona.org.uk
The Iona Community was founded in Glasgow and Iona in 1938 by George MacLeod, minister, visionary and prophetic witness for peace, in the context of the poverty and despair of the Depression. From a dockland parish in Govan, Glasgow, he took unemployed, skilled craftsmen and young trainee clergy to Iona to rebuild both the monastic quarters of the mediaeval abbey and the common life by working and living together, sharing skills and effort as well as joys and achievement. That original task became a sign of hopeful rebuilding of community in Scotland and beyond. The experience shaped – and continues to shape – the practice and principles of the Iona Community.
The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. We are an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church engaged together, and with people of goodwill across the world, in acting, reflecting and praying for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; convinced that the inclusive community we seek must be embodied in the community we practice.
The Abbey & MacLeod Centres, on the Isle of Iona, in Scotland is the most well-known location of the community.
Throughout the summer, there will be a structured activity offered for children through grade 5.
Church school is offered Sunday mornings, from September through mid June, to children ages preschool through grade 8. Children generally begin their Sunday morning in worship with their families, and leave for church school at a designated time in the program. Child care is available for infants and toddlers in our Toddler Room.