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 Sunday morning worship services – casual and traditional – to offer a range of worship experiences. In addition, we offer a Taize-style prayer service on the third Wednesday of each month. Any of these services is appropriate for both seekers and long-time believers.
8:30 a.m. Sunday Worship – A little more casual
Our 8:30 a.m. worship service offers a casual feel. Music is more modern, drawn from various Christian traditions and accompanied on the piano. You may recognize music from revivals, spirituals, traditional folk tunes, hymns from other countries and classical works.
We use more modern language for our prayers. Our Bible readings sometimes come from The Message, a contemporary English paraphrased translation.
This worship service lasts about one hour. People tend to dress more casually at this service, but all styles of dress are fine. Business casual? Sure. Shorts & sweatshirt? That too!
11 a.m. Sunday Worship – A Little More Formal and Traditional
Our 11 a.m. worship service is framed by a more formal, traditional Lutheran liturgy. We sing hymns drawn from a variety of rich Lutheran and broader Christian traditions from around the world, along with classic hymns. Most of our musical accompaniment is performed on the organ. Depending on the Sunday, you may hear the Peace Senior Choir or the Bells of Peace handbell choir.
Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach was a Lutheran who composed for his church?
Our Bible readings come from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which presents the Word in vibrant modern English.
This worship service 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 10 a.m.
On the first Sunday of each month, we bring our whole congregation together into a single worship experience at 10 a.m. 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.