Worship at Eighth Street
Worship is the center of the congregation’s life. Worship directs our attention to God, so that we are formed more and more into the likeness of Christ. Worship at Eighth Street:
- is generally centered on scripture texts from the Revised Common Lectionary.
- is thematic: prayers, hymns and congregational responses explore a theme chosen from the lectionary reading for its illumination of the congregation’s mission and spiritual life.
- pays special attention to various seasons of the liturgical year, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
- tends to a formal worship style. The planned, structured flow allows for exploration of biblical and theological themes from an intentionally Anabaptist perspective, while allowing space for sharing joys and concerns to be lifted corporately to God in prayer.
Music plays a cherished role in our worship. Congregational singing is sometimes accompanied by pipe organ, piano, or other instruments, and is sometimes a capella. Hymns are drawn primarily from Voices Together, supplemented by selections from Hymnal: A Worship Book and other sources. Special music, provided by people of all ages, includes vocal, choral, and instrumental pieces. The congregation’s commitments to welcome and to theological depth and breadth result in selections from a variety of historical periods, genres, and cultural backgrounds.
Covid Adaptations See Sunday morning schedule
The current format for worship is in the red bar at the top of each web page. For the health and safety of the congregation, changes have been made to the setting, format, and elements of our worship services during the months of the coronavirus pandemic. At different times we have met outside, via video, or via Zoom. Decisions are based on local statistics and the recommendations of public health officials.
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 6:00 p.m. after a day of fasting. A light supper of soup and bread is served following the prayers. (Suspended during the pandemic.)
Maundy Thursday Service: This service includes reading of scripture, singing and the sharing of Communion. Some years a light supper of soup and bread is served, and often there is the opportunity to offer prayers and light candles around the cross.
Service of Remembering: To celebrate the lives and memories of those who have died, a Service of Remembering is held on the evening of the first Sunday in November. Sometimes this service is incorporated into that Sunday’s morning worship.
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, thematically unified through that week’s lectionary readings.