What you can expect first and foremost when you visit is a friendly face to warmly greet you when you arrive (even if you are late, most of us come late!). As you come up the walk, generally the doors will be open with a smiling face just on the other side. The person who greets you will help you find your way up the stairs or into the elevator, to make your way to the worship space. Feel free to explore the building, the beautiful stained glass windows, grab a cup of coffee, and introduce yourself to a smiling face if you feel so inclined. We love having guests in our midst – but want to allow you to take things at your own pace. If you seem shy, we won’t chase you down. You can have your space.
Settle into a pew, everything you’ll need to worship will be right there for you in the bulletin. Feel free to flip through the bulletin, it has a bunch of announcements and information about St. Mary’s that is current and happening.
Worship at St. Mary’s is lively. It is eclectic and rooted to our ancestors. It is the heartbeat of our life together. Regardless of which service you attend, it will begin with a call to worship, and we’ll hear readings from the old and new testaments of the Bible. After that, you’ll hear a sermon that will dig deeper and crack open the scriptures – hearing how they connect today as much as they have over the ages.
And did we mention the music? There is singing, lots of joyful noise offered up by sweet and loud and soft and crackly and off-key but sincere voices, and at the 10:30am service, beautiful pieces by our adult choir or one of the children’s choirs or the handbell choir or the recorder consort (Why don’t they get to be called a choir? What’s a consort anyway?) The 7:45am service is without music, but we can be quite chatty and fun. The 9:00am service music is at times both lively and contemplative, with simple to sing melodies and a wide variety of instruments.
After the sermon, we will say our prayers for ourselves, and for the world, and the earth. After announcements, a financial offering for the sustaining of our ministry will be collected in gratitude to God’s many gifts. Visitors are not expected to participate, so no one will look at you funny if you let the plate pass you by. But, if there is something in your life you are grateful for and you wish to make an offering, that would be welcome too.
At St. Mary’s we believe it is just that, God’s table and not ours – so all are welcome to receive the bread and wine.
After the Eucharist (maybe you are more familiar with the terms Lord’s Table, or communion, or Mass) we say a final thanksgiving and are sent into the world strengthened to live so gratefully, so compassionately that the world will look more like the Reign of God.
Preceding such lofty work though is coffee and treats. Coffee hour in between each service is pretty fun, lots of laughter, lots of small children running around and making forts out of the couch cushions.
Stop on by, you are more than welcome!