It’s Sunday morning and the Emmaus front lobby is a-buzz with young children asking to light the altar candles, musicians assembling instruments, newcomers being welcomed, babies heading to the nursery and folks laden with treats for our Coffee Hour.
Some are dressed casually and others sport their “Sunday best.” The sound of a huge Tibetan gong signals the start of worship, and young and older alike stream into our simple and beautiful Sanctuary space to find a seat.
The heart of our life together is our Sunday morning worship service. During this precious hour together, we share joys and concerns of our lives, lift up our song and prayers, consider the wisdom of holy scripture and wisdom writings from around the world, and consider once again what it means to follow Jesus. The service has both traditional and contemporary elements, infused with a warm informality that makes it easy to participate.
Most Sundays, children join us for the first 15 minutes or so, and share a time of story and conversation up front with our Minister. They then head to Sunday School groups, and older youth and adults focus in on the theme for the day, through readings and a sermon message.
At Emmaus, we don’t take the Bible literally but we take it very seriously as a guide for our individual lives and our ministries together as a church. Each week, our minister leads us in considering how the Biblical story relates to the challenges and possibilities of our daily lives. Our reflections deepen and perspectives widen as we share times of silence and a wide variety of music together.
Through Sunday worship together, we are nurtured and renewed for our week ahead!
Our regular worship schedule:
- 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.: Adult Education class
- 10:30 a.m.: Worship (Nursery Care provided)
- 10:30 a.m.: Sunday School for children through middle schoolers
- 11:30 a.m.: Fellowship, coffee and conversation