Our Worship Service
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m., and our services usually last about an hour, followed by coffee fellowship at the church entrance. We invite you to join us for a worship service. You will receive a warm welcome!
Worship is an integral part of the life of Preston Mennonite Church.
A lay worship leader, a song leader and a pianist plan and participate in each Sunday's worship service. Other volunteers help with greeting people, reading scripture, special music, leading children's time and teaching Sunday School, and receiving the offering. We consider ourselves an intergenerational group, and all ages participate in the service.
Our worship services include several components:
Singing - Music plays an important role in each worship service. For congregational singing, we use four song books: The blue hardbound Hymnal Worship Book is referred to in the bulletin as HWB. The green spiral-bound Sing the Journey is referred to as STJ, the purple spiral-bound Sing the Story is abbreviated as Purple, and the green or red Praise Hymnals designated Praise. These four songbooks feature a variety of song styles for worship, from traditional hymns to songs from different nations and cultures.
Hearing the Word of God - Each Sunday we have a scripture reading, including passages from both the Old and New Testaments. Usually these readings follow the Revised Common Lectionary and the sermon is based on the scripture readings.
Children's time and Children's Sunday School Classes - We value the children in our congregation and take time during each Sunday morning service to invite the children up to the front for Children's Time. The children go to their classes after this, until the end of the service.
Sharing joys and concerns/prayer - As a community of faith, we believe it's important to share our lives with one another. During this open time of sharing, anyone in the congregation is invited to stand and share a joy, testimony, concern, a prayer request, or share where they have seen God's power at work. We pray at the end of sharing time.
Offering - We believe that all things come from God and we see ourselves as stewards of these resources. When the offering basket is passed, we are giving back to God a portion of what God has given us.
We come to worship as a community, seeking the Spirit's presence and asking God for wisdom and discernment. We leave empowered to carry out Jesus' mission to love others and seek peace for the world.