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Worship

Services

Sunday Morning

10:00 AM every Sunday (including during the summer)

Our worship service is informal and reflects our Protestant tradition. Children  are invited to come up front during the Children's Time after which they can go to Sunday School, or remain with us in the sanctuary. During each service we seek to give space for silence as well as words and music, understanding that keeping silence together is a powerful way to approach the Holy.  Our Director of Music Ministry, inspires us. Throughout the year guest musicians enhance our worship. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. Come and join us; you are welcome here!

Christmas

Advent Hour of Sanctuary

A warm, peaceful, candlelit space for silent prayer and contemplation. It will be a time for us to be present to expectation, but not beholden to the expectations. All it takes is a few minutes in a quiet sacred place to change our perspective, to slow down our heart rates, and to remind us of God’s presence among us. Please come to these Hours of Sanctuary for as little or as long as you like. All are welcome!
Family Candlight Service
4:30 PM
A service of story and carols for the whole family. 
Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
7:00 PM, with the Adult Choir

 

Easter 

Palm Sunday Service

10:00 AM

Entering into Jerusalem, Jesus was hailed as the Messiah, the savior, the king.  Palm branches were laid before him and crowds thronged the streets.  But Jesus alone knew what really lay before him.

Maundy Thursday

Footwashing Service

6:30 PM    

Foot washing service in the Vestry, commemorating Jesus love and care on his last night.

Tenebrae Service

7:00 PM 

"Tenebrae" means "shadows" so the service moves from light to darkness as candles are extinguished.  On his last night, Jesus gathered with his disciples  for a Passover meal.  We will gather for a contemplative communion service in the vestry to place our hearts and minds upon Jesus’ last night with his disciples before his death.

19 Hour Vigil

Maundy Thursday 8:00 PM to Good Friday 3:00 PM

Members of the congregation are invited to sign up individually or in pairs to keep hour-long vigils throughout the day and night. For others it is an open sanctuary for prayer and meditation in recognition of Jesus’ death.

Stations of the Cross

3:30 PM, Good Friday

We will walk up the hill behind the church and walk the 14 stations where crosses have been placed.  (Wear mud boots)

Easter Sunrise Service

5:30 AM, Easter Sunday

We meet in the parking lot walk to the top of the hill (bring mud boots!) to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and a new day.

Early Easter Service

9 AM, Easter Sunday

A joyous celebration of Jesus’ resurrection (no Sunday School today).

Late Easter Service

11 AM, Easter Sunday

The same joyous celebration as the 9 AM service.

Music

Our music ministry is an integral part of the church’s total ministry. It provides joy and inspiration to the congregation during worship and at other times. 

 

Worship Service Music

Choir
Music for worship services includes regular offerings during the school year of both accompanied and a cappella music by the adult choir. The choir practices at 7:00 Thursday evenings. The choir takes a break during the summer.

Other Musicians
We also have in our midst many talented children and adults who offer their musical gifts. Professional guest musicians also play for us from time to time. We have been fortunate to enjoy the talents of David Kerr, Jane Kittredge, Annemieke Spoelstra, Tim Cummings, Pete Sutherland, Jody Albright, the band Tumbleweed and many others.

 

Messiah Sing

Handel’s Messiah has been performed throughout the centuries as a heartwarming herald to the Yuletide season. We invite you on the first Sunday in December to this special afternoon of music accompanied by professional singers and musicians from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. It is open to all, whether as singers, listeners, or hum-along enthusiasts. Date will be listed on our calendar.

 

Carols of Many Lands - A Singalong

In December, sing favorite carols in our candle lit sanctuary and learn some new ones too! Date will be listed on our calendar.

 
 
 
 

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