A Worship Style to Fit you
At PEACE, we know people have different needs for feeling the presence of God. We have developed two types of services – casual and traditional – to offer a range of worship experiences. Any service is appropriate for both seekers and believers.
8:30 a.m. Worship – A little more casual
Our 8:30 a.m. worship service is fairly informal. Music is more modern, is drawn from many traditions and accompanied on the piano. You may recognize music from revivals, spirituals, traditional folk songs and hymns from around the world. We use more modern language for our prayers, and our Bible readings sometimes come from The Message, a contemporary English paraphrased translation.
It lasts a little less than one hour. People tend to dress more casually at this worship service, but all styles of dress are fine. Business casual? Sure. Shorts & sweatshirt? That too!
11 a.m. Worship – A Little More Traditional
Our 11 a.m. worship service is a “high church” experience that emphasizes the mystical connection we have to Christian worshipers going back more than a thousand years. Much of our music draws on the rich heritage of Lutherans in Europe.
Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach was a Lutheran who composed for his church?
You may also recognize hymns written by Beethoven and Handel. Our Bible readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which presents the Word in vibrant modern English, but which preserves the poetry and grandeur of the King James Version.
It lasts a little more than an hour. Some people like to dress more formally for this worship service, but you will see all styles of dress. Jeans and tennies? Shorts and sandals? It’s all good!
First Sunday of the Month – One Service at 10am
On the first Sunday of each month, we bring our whole congregation together into a single worship experience at 10am. Our music blends the styles heard in each service. It’s a good way for people to make friends with folks in the “other” service! And, it reminds us that, this is Christ’s church!
Structure of the Service
At all our Sunday services, worshipers will receive a tri-fold bulletin with church news, and booklet with the order of service. Most of the material you will need is in this booklet. Sometimes, the booklet will direct you to a song or two in one of the hymnals (sacred song books) in the pew rack.
All Sunday services follow the same pattern: God Gathers us together, and gives us his Word to teach us how to live a new life. God gives us a Meal to renew our spirit and remind us of his covenant with us. Then he Sends us out into the world to serve in his name. It’s a pattern Christians have used for a long time to help us feel God’s presence and to grow in his love.
Our sanctuary’s design puts God’s holy altar at the center of our worship experience. The modern architecture, high ceiling and ornamentation behind the altar give many people a sense of the Holy Spirit swooping through the space. Cushioned pews will make your worship experience comfortable.
In front of the door, you’ll see the baptismal font (the place where we baptize people). When you walk past it, you can dip your finger into the water — it’s been blessed! — and touch the water to your forehead. Some people like to make the sign of the cross on their forehead. The baptismal font reminds us that God washes us clean with his love and brings us close through baptism.