When you walk through our church doors, an usher will greet you with a warm smile and give you a bulletin. You will be encouraged to make a nametag if you feel comfortable doing so.
As you walk into the sanctuary, you will hear music being played by one or more of our wonderful musicians. If you arrive early enough, you will hear our choir rehearsing, their sweet notes and wonderful laughter filling the air!
Some of us like to sit quietly in a pew, letting ourselves sink into the Sunday morning experience. Others like to walk around the sanctuary greeting our friends. Pastor Marjorie often comes into the sanctuary to greet members and visitors before worship starts.
Children of all ages are welcome to attend our worship service. Children in grades K-5 are encouraged (but not required) to participate in the Sacred Zone, our Sunday school program. We call it the “Sacred Zone” rather than “Sunday school” because we think of it as more a worship experience than a classroom experience.
We sing our children off to the Sacred Zone with a blessing song. In the Fireside Room, the children and their teachers light a candle, sing and pray together, enjoy a Bible lesson and talk about what it means for our lives today, and often participate in an arts and crafts or music activity.
Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary for communion and the closing circle.
Following the weekly announcements, we begin our time of worship in silence and in stillness, quietly repeating the phrase from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that God is God.”
Our services are filled with music, both traditional and contemporary. Our musicians often play jazz selections as the congregation gathers. The choir sings at least one song each Sunday. A featured soloist offers a song right before the scripture reading and the sermon. Our wonderful cantor sings before and after the scripture reading. Following the benediction, our musicians play more jazz, often taking requests from folks who gather around the piano. During each Sunday service, we greet each other with the passing of the peace. Some of us like to walk around the sanctuary, greeting people with a handshake or hug. Others like to remain in their pew.
During each Sunday service, we also make time to hear the prayers of our community. As time permits, we pass the microphone and invite those who feel led to do so to briefly share a joy or concern. Those who have prayer concerns but prefer not to speak them aloud are invited to fill out a prayer card and place it in the collection plate. Our pastor and other ministers pray over these concerns during the week.
Visitors are invited to fill out a postcard with your contact information. You can request to be added to our e-mail list to receive our monthly newsletter and other updates.
Pastor Marjorie’s sermons often focus on explaining the social and historical context of the day’s scripture, then exploring how the scripture speaks to our lives today. At Plymouth Church, we do not regard biblical scripture as the literal word of God, but as wisdom and testimony from people who have encountered the Holy.
We offer communion on the first and third Sunday of each month. Ours is an open table, and all are warmly invited to participate in the sacrament of communion.
We end our service by forming a circle and singing a blessing song to each other.
Pastor Marjorie greets everyone by the sanctuary door and encourages all to join us for refreshments in our Fireside Room. Our fellowship hour is a relaxed and informal time of eating, chatting, and learning more about each other and the life of our church.
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