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.



Contact Us

Eighth Street Mennonite Church
602 S. 8th St.
Goshen, IN 46526

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Phone: (574) 533-6720