At its core, worship is a response to what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives and in the world. Our worship of God is not a passive activity. It's not a show. It's not a punch-your-time-card-and-get-it-over-with endeavor. Instead, worship is active and participatory. It involves and requires everyone.
There's a Greek word, leitourgia, which, translated means, "the work of the people." It’s where the word “liturgy” comes from. Our gathering on Sunday mornings is liturgy — our participation in that common work. It’s why we call our time together the Sunday Liturgy. This work includes:
gathering in Jesus' name
praising God with voices and instruments and melody and harmony
hearing God's word proclaimed through sacred stories and preaching
sharing in the grace of Jesus through Holy Communion
and being sent forth to love where you are as Spirit-filled people.
By God’s grace, our participation in this peculiar work — this liturgy — changes us and changes the world. For real. So come and see…
Keep reading for more details about the Sunday Liturgy. If we've missed something, send us an email.
WHY HOUSE OF HOPS?
We have developed a unique partnership with our friends at House of Hops. They desire to be a central gathering space for the community and were receptive to the idea of hosting worship in their space. We have found House of Hops to be a place filled with celebration and lamentation, where stories are told and lives are shared. We hope our Sunday services offer the same.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking is available anywhere in the Penguin Place area.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
Jesus said that to enter the kingdom of God, we must become like children. We believe it is important for families to worship together, so children are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship as one body. Children will learn from the grown-ups as we move through the liturgy together, and grown ups will learn from children through their questions, their vulnerability, and their heart. If you need it, the back corner of House of Hops is a good place to go if you or your little one needs a little more room!
WHAT'S THE VIBE?
We are steadfastly "come as you are" at The Local Church. Our vibe is casual, but whether jeans and t-shirt or Sunday Best, you do you, fam. The music will feature both modern songs and older hymns — all seeking to tell the story of God authentically and faithfully.
Yes. Obviously. Bonus points and gold stars if you bring your own mug or reusable cup.
TELL ME ABOUT COMMUNION.
When we receive Holy Communion, we experience the love and grace of God in a tangible way. Because God’s gift of grace is available to all, we practice an open table. In other words, all persons (including children!) are invited and welcome to receive. And in an effort to be as inclusive as possible, our bread is gluten/dairy/nut/soy-free, vegan... and delicious.
If we've left anything out or you have other questions, just email us, and we'll be back in touch.