Worship at Eighth Street
Worship provides space to intentionally pay attention to God … so that in all of life God’s activity is recognizable and provides the opportunity to gather as followers and seekers of Christ … so that together we are formed more and more into the likeness of Christ. Worship at Eighth Street is:
- Centered on a biblical theme based on texts for the day provided by The Revised Common Lectionary.
- Prayers, hymns, and congregational responses are chosen to explore the particular theme for the day.
- Special attention is paid to various seasons of the year, including: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
Music invites reflection on divine and human activity. Music frees our personal and corporate confessions and affirmations of faith. Music at Eighth Street is:
- Hymnal: A Worship Book and the hymnal supplements, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story are the primary source of our worship hymns.
- Congregational singing is a strength of the congregation. Singing is often accompanied by organ or piano and sometimes is a capella.
- Special music, provided by people of all ages, includes vocal, choral and instrumental pieces.
Eighth Street tends to a formal worship style. The form and structure allows for a progressive exploration of biblical and theological themes. We intentionally explore these themes from within the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition.
Special Worship Services
Ash Wednesday Service: A service that marks the beginning of the Lent season and includes the imposition of ashes.
Lenten Prayers: Each Wednesday during the season of Lent, prayers are held at 6:00pm after a day of fasting. A light supper of soup and bread is served following the prayers.
Maundy Thursday Service: This service includes reading of scripture, singing and the sharing of the Eucharist. Some years a light supper of soup and bread is served as well.
Service of Remembering: To celebrate the lives lived and the memories of those who passed away, on the evening of the first Sunday of November, there is a Service of Remembering.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: The Christmas story is retold through scripture reading, special vocal and instrumental music, and congregational singing. During this service, people are also invited to contribute to the White Gift, a special project chosen by the Mission & Service Commission to receive special blessings at Christmas time. The service ends with candlelight.
Hymn of the Month Sunday: This service is a compilation of the 12 hymns that have each been chosen to be the “Hymn of the Month” during the past year.