When you arrive to this service, you will be greeted at the door by a member of the church who can assist you with any questions or needed directions. An usher will hand you an order of worship, and then you can find a comfortable spot to sit at in the sanctuary.
Child care is offered for children through age 5 in the nursery. You are welcome to take your child to the nursery before the service starts, or you can include them in worship with you and take them to the nursery after the children's sermon, as indicated in the order of worship. Children are always welcome to stay with you throughout the service, and we have activity sheets and crayons for them available in the narthex.
This service contains many elements of traditional worship, including the singing of classic hymns and contemporary songs; responsive readings and prayers; a children’s sermon; scripture readings and a sermon; and communion on the first Sunday of the month. The church choir sings regularly at this service.
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”-- Isaiah 43:18-19
Beginning September 10, 2017 - as we come off our summer worship schedule - Shepherd of the Hill will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. with an education hour at 9:00-9:45 a.m.
The Session elders decided that as our congregation moves into a time of change with a transitional pastor upon Gary’s retirement, it would be in the best interest of our congregation to worship together as one community of faith.
We realize this will be a major shift for our community of faith. Therefore, we will implement this change for a period of five months - September 2017 through January 2018 - and use this time for discernment about whether to make this a permanent change.
From our “Conversations with Session” on Sunday June 11th, we heard one major theme throughout all the small groups - worship is enhanced when we connect with one another whether that comes through prayer, sharing of concerns and joys, music (both hymns and choruses), seating arrangements (pews or tables), fellowship (before or after worship), order of worship (printed bulletin or overhead slides), new or familiar liturgies or spoken/read Word. With all the changes that come with Gary’s retirement and filling the Children’s, Youth and Family Ministry Director position, it is important to be together and celebrate who we are as a people of God in Christ.
The Spirit of God is moving upon our congregation and calling us to new vistas. We will celebrate the familiar and we will celebrate new things that take place in our midst.
We are moving into new and exciting times! Let’s rejoice in God’s love - together!
Session elders -
GLUTEN FREE BREAD FOR COMMUNION OFFERED We are pleased to offer gluten-free bread as an option for communion. You will find it separated from the other bread in the center of each communion tray.