ABOUT  OUR WORSHIP

We welcome everyone as a child of God. We seek to create worship services that renew and transform our hearts and minds for God's work.

Our Worship

Right now we are worshiping online. Join us every Sunday at 10 am on Facebook.

You are invited to create your own worship space and to join in the ritual movements of the service:

  • Have a candle to light, signifying Christ’s presence with us.

  • Have food and drink for communion. This may be anything you have available. Whatever it is, it is holy.

On Sunday, September 6, we plan to welcome people back to worship in the sanctuary in addition to worshiping together online. If you plan to join us:

  • You must wear a mask

  • Remain physically distanced (6-feet) from those not in your household

  • Stay home if you have a fever over 100, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID like symptoms

  • We will provide prepackaged communion but you are also welcome to bring your own communion supplies from home.

  • Read the full guidelines here

We welcome everyone as a child of God. We seek to create worship services that renew and transform our hearts and minds to God's work. The Communion Table is central to our worship. Every worship service includes communion. At the Table we remember and celebrate God’s love and grace made manifest in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our services include a mix of traditional and contemporary worship styles and include music, praise, prayer, and a weekly message from our pastor. Our music draws from a variety of styles from traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs to classical and jazz performance pieces. 

We hope you will join us as we build community through worshiping our God.

Upcoming Worship Series

God's Justice Sept 20 - Oct 4

September 19, 2020

“Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?” – Ezekiel 18:29

 

We talk a lot about justice. People protest in the streets and online in the name of justice. As children, we demand fairness from peers, parents, and teachers. As adults, we demand justice from our government, from the courts, from one another. But, too often, what we really mean by fair or just is that we get our own way. We pay little attention to whether everyone else is getting what they need too. God’s justice, however, sets our own demands aside and calls us to look at the world in a different way. To find true justice where all experience the dignity accorded to God’s children. To find true fairness where everyone has what they need, no more and no less.

Expansive Love Aug 23 - Sept 13

August 07, 2020

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:8, 10

 

We are the church. We are called by God to be followers of Jesus. But what are we called to do? How are we to live out our faith? These last months have reminded us how deeply we are impacted by the lives of those around us and how we impact them. It has shown us that the discrete circles we’ve created or independent lives we’ve tried to lead are illusory. We are connected and God wants us to be connected. As the church, we are called to participate in God’s ever expansive love, to create and nurture connections in new ways.

Stories that Form Us July 19 - August 9

July 17, 2020

“Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables;

I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.’”

 – Matthew 13:34-35

The stories we tell about ourselves and our communities shape us; they let us know who we are and how we should live. They tell us truths about the world. In every story we hear deep truths that speak across ages. Yet, sometimes we need to hear these truths in new ways. We need to retell our stories so that we can see their heart again.

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Embodied Waiting
November 29 - December 24

“no eye has seen any God besides you,
   who works for those who wait for him” – Isaiah 64:4

 

As we await the coming of the Christ child with eager anticipation, we remember what it is we are waiting for. We are waiting for God incarnate, the divine taking on human flesh, becoming embodied. For this reason, our waiting too is embodied. Waiting is not an amorphic idea but an active, lived reality. As we hear God’s promise and wait for God’s coming, we practice our hope.

Seeing God
November 1 - 22

“taste and see that the Lord is good” – Psalm 34:8

 

There are so many who have formed us into who we are today: people of faith, lovers of God, strivers for justice. These are the people who made us want to be more, to look deeper, to find kindness and compassion within ourselves and others. They are family and friends, strangers and neighbors. They are with us now and they are long gone. They are reminders that who we are and the work we do is not done alone. We are a community, beloved children of God.

God's Gifts
October 11 - 25

“in every place your faith in God has become known” – 1 Thessalonians 1:8

 

All that we have and all that we are is from God. Yet we often forget that, acting as if we have brought our own blessings and prosperity upon ourselves. We respond as if others have brought their own despair and need upon themselves. All is God’s, but we do not treat it that way. All is God’s, and we are called to share all with God’s world. We are asked to give of our lives to the work of God. Not just moments, but our whole lives. Not just our worship, but our day to day. Not just a few dollars, but all we have.

God's Justice
Sept 7 - Oct 4

“Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?” – Ezekiel 18:29

 

We talk a lot about justice. People protest in the streets and online in the name of justice. As children, we demand fairness from peers, parents, and teachers. As adults, we demand justice from our government, from the courts, from one another. But, too often, what we really mean by fair or just is that we get our own way. We pay little attention to whether everyone else is getting what they need too. God’s justice, however, sets our own demands aside and calls us to look at the world in a different way. To find true justice where all experience the dignity accorded to God’s children. To find true fairness where everyone has what they need, no more and no less.

Expansive Love
Aug 23 - Sept 13

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:8, 10

 

We are the church. We are called by God to be followers of Jesus. But what are we called to do? How are we to live out our faith? These last months have reminded us how deeply we are impacted by the lives of those around us and how we impact them. It has shown us that the discrete circles we’ve created or independent lives we’ve tried to lead are illusory. We are connected and God wants us to be connected. As the church, we are called to participate in God’s ever expansive love, to create and nurture connections in new ways.

Stories that Form Us 
July 19 - August 9

​“Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables;

I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.’”

 – Matthew 13:34-35

The stories we tell about ourselves and our communities shape us; they let us know who we are and how we should live. They tell us truths about the world. In every story we hear deep truths that speak across ages. Yet, sometimes we need to hear these truths in new ways. We need to retell our stories so that we can see their heart again.

How to Save Your Life (by Losing It)
June 21 – July 5

“Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39

 

How do we live our everyday lives as people gifted by the Spirit and called to follow the Way taught by Jesus? Every teaching of Jesus seems contrary to the way we understand the world to work. Our relationships will be strained; our priorities upended. But maybe, if we walk this path, we’ll discover God giving us even more.

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(630) 833-7262

 

1336 S. Villa Avenue

Villa Park, IL  60181-3467

 

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