EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Worship

Worship is at the heart of our congregation — not just on Sunday mornings, but in many ways, wherever we are gathered as Christ’s body.

Eastminster’s Sunday morning worship is offered in two styles, at two times.  Whichever service you choose, be assured that you will always hear the same Scripture and Sermon, and that both are always faithfully oriented toward the One Lord we praise and adore!

The Road

The Road (9am) is Eastminster’s contemporary worship service.  We invite you to come to The Road as you are —  bring your coffee, your kids, your baggage and your questions to this time where we seek to worship God through music, scripture and a message.  Praise music is led by our own all-volunteer praise team and the message is delivered by Senior Pastor, Dr. Tim McConnell, or the preacher of the day.  The Lord’s Supper (or communion) is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and people come forward to receive it only if they want to.  You should feel comfortable here to worship and explore, no matter where you are with God…cynic, skeptic, seeker or believer.  You will find them all together here and you won’t be forced to do something you don’t believe in.  The Road takes place in the CLC (Christian Life Center, at the far Eastern side of the campus), and is open to all who long to know that God really can meet you wherever you are on life’s Road.  We look forward to meeting you and journeying together.

Sanctuary Worship

Sanctuary Worship (11:15am) is our traditional service, where we gather to meet the Lord with age-old practices absorbed and adopted from those who’ve gone before us.  We follow an order of worship, including a Psalm or other scriptural call to worship, a time to confess our sins — as a church and individually in silence — and then to celebrate the forgiveness won for us by Jesus Christ. The worship leader will offer a corporate prayer for our concerns and we pray together using the Lord’s Prayer, as Christ taught his disciples. Creeds from the early church remind us that we are part of a church that has been worshipping God for centuries.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (first Sunday of the month) are celebrated as the two sacraments Christ Himself instituted. Worship centers on the presence of the Word of God in the reading and understanding of Holy Scripture, so the service culminates in the reading and preaching of the Word. The music during Sanctuary Worship is meant to instruct as well as move the heart, and is usually offered in a classical or traditional style including organ, choir and handbells.

In the Presbyterian tradition, the minister of word and sacrament wears vestments and robes. These are academic robes with some Christian adaptations, symbolizing that our pastor (or other worship leaders) has been educated in the Bible and its doctrine and has devoted himself to teaching in the church.

Children and Worship

Children are welcome in both services, where they enjoy a “Children’s Sermon” geared just for them. After this lesson, children through second grade may go to Children’s Church if they want, held in Room 2, where parents pick them up at the end of the service.

Nursery is available for infants through age 3.  In the sanctuary, parents caring for infants in worship may feel free to retreat to the foyer where the service is visible through glass and audible on speakers.  In the Road, feel free to step out into the hall or into the kitchen if you are having a hard time with your infant.  You can still see and hear from there.  We love kids and love having them in church, even when they act up!