Our Sunday morning worship service blends traditional and contemporary components to create a comfortable, meaningful experience in our Reformed tradition for all participants. Our order of worship moves from gathering around God’s word to hearing God’s word to finally responding to God word, involving prayer, readings, and glorious music.
Each week, the pastor shares a relevant message that ties Scripture in with our everyday life bringing both comfort and challenge to all. The sermon is the centerpiece of our worship, encouraging congregants to reflect on their life and how they can most faithfully follow Jesus. A special Children's Worship is held each week in conjunction with the worship service, allowing children to participate in the first half of the service and then depart after a brief children’s sermon for a special program that’s designed just for them.
While our baby grand piano provides the foundation of our music led by our long-time worship leader, from time to time we incorporate the sounds of guitars and other instruments, and even on occasion bring in local Contemporary Christian singers like Amy Grant to lead us. Johann Sebastian Bach once said that "Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul." Music therefore is an essential part of Emmanuel’s ministry.
In addition to our standard order of worship, we regularly celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month followed by a church-wide potluck. Eating together and having table fellowship are essential to our life together at Emmanuel.
Special worship services are spread out throughout the year, including an Ash Wednesday Service, a Maundy Thursday Service, and a Blue Christmas Service as well. Childcare for all ages is offered free of charge for all our regular services, and by request for other services. We believe that worship is the most important thing we do, which gives fuel to our lives throughout the week, empowering us to go forth in ministry and mission.