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.
Worship with Us Online and In Person
Join us every Sunday at 10:30 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.
Join us in our new worship space every Sunday at 10:30 am.
If you plan to join us:
Masks are optional for those attending worship or engaging in any other ministry work associated with CCVP
Stay home if you have a fever over 100, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID like symptoms
We will provide prepared 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
The Teachings of Jesus
September 3 - 24
September 3 - Pastor Dave preaches of Jesus' teachings about "Denial" based on the readings Exodus 3:1-15 and Matthew 16:21-28.
September 10 - Pastor Dave speaks this Sunday on "Conflict" and how Jesus taught how to deal with it from Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Matthew 18:15-20.
September 17 - Pastor Dave preaches this week on "Forgiveness" from Genesis 50:15-21 and Matthew 18:21-35.
September 24 - The series on the Teachings of Jesus concludes with "Generosity" from Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Matthew 20-16.
The Miracles of Jesus
August 6 - 27, 2023
August 6 - Pastor Dave begins a sermon series on miracles that Jesus performed with "Bring Them to Me" from Isaiah 55:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21.
August 13 - Pastor Dave speaks this Sunday on "Lord, Save Me!" from 1Kings 19:9-18 and Matthew 14:22-33.
August 20 - Pastor Dave preaches this week on "Eating the Crumbs" from Isaiah 56:6-8 and Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28.
August 27 - The series on miracles performed by Jesus concludes with "Who Do You Say I Am?" from Psalm 138 and Matthew 16:13-20.
The Parables of Jesus
July 16 - July 30, 2023
July 16 - Dave Holston joins the Christian Church of Villa Park as our Pastor. He begins a sermon on garden themes with "How Is Your Garden Doing?" from Isaiah 55:10-13 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.
July 23 - Pastor Dave Holston speaks this Sunday on "Weeding Your Garden" from Isaiah 44:6-8 and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
July 30 - Pastor Dave completes his garden series with "Harvesting Your Garden" from Psalm 128 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.
Transition to new pastor
June 25 - July 9, 2023
June 25 - Guest preacher Rev. Calvin Bloesch's sermon "Feeding the Elephant" comes from Psalm 1 and Romans 5:12-15.
July 2 - Christian Church of Villa Park joins the First Christian Church of Downers Grove in worship via FCCDG's YouTube channel. Of the message, Rev. Rick Hamilton says: This week in worship we are visiting the Gospel of Mark, specifically Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus is sleeping in the back of the boat during a storm. The Disciples awaken him and say "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus, of course, awakens and calms the storm. It's a familiar story, but one which we will be looking at with a different sort of twist.
My sermon title is "On Being 'Woke'" and while, yes, I will be exploring Jesus being awakened, we will also talk about the somewhat politically edgy term of "Being Woke". We will also definitely explore the fact that Jesus cares that people are perishing.
July 9 - Guest preacher Pastor Susan Steinmiller will preach from John 3:16 and Matthew 22:36-40 on "The Greatest Love of All."
OYEZ - What is the Question?
June 18, 2023
Guest preacher Dave Holston will lead worship. His sermon "OYEZ - What Is the Question?" will come from the scripture passages Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 and Matthew 9:35-10:8.
May 14 – June 11, 2023
“the God of love and peace will be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 3:11
We are not perfect followers, but still Jesus sends us out to the world. The good news of the resurrection must be lived and shared. We are asked to spread the gospel far and wide, to open our eyes and hearts to the good news around us. We are called to step out of our comfort zones, to hear and welcome all, to share and spread the story of all that God is doing.
“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.