What to Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does Worship start?

At 10:25 a.m., we have Gathering Music and a few announcements. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. 

What Do I Wear? 

You can wear anything you feel comfortable in, whether its jeans or professional attire. 

Do I Have to Bring Anything?

Nope. Just yourself.

What's a Typical Order of Worship Like? 

In our traditional service, we have elements such as call to worship, prayers of the people, scripture reading, offertory, doxology, and a sermon, with instruments like the piano and organ. You can see a sample worship program by clicking here. Our contemporary worship service is much more fluid, but generally has contemporary Christian music with a message.

 Are Children Welcome?

Children are absolutely welcome! We have a special time for kids during the service called Word for God's Children. If you have little ones and would prefer to worship by yourself, we do have a nursery that opens at 8:45 a.m.

 

 

Elements of Our Worship

Gathering

Transitioning from our life in the world to our life together in the presence of God.

Prelude

A time to observe silence and prepare for worship while hearing a musical piece that enhances the season of the Christian year.

Praising and Singing

These elements help us all fully participate in worship, recognizing God’s greatness and power.

Praying

We pray in worship with both spoken and silent prayers.

Word for God's Children

During this portion of worship, children are invited to the chancel for a message geared towards them. The message is provided by a rotation of children's ministry leaders. 

Giving

Giving allows us the opportunity to joyfully extend support for the church in the spirit of being part of the meaningful work of the church.

Preaching

Pastors preach a sermon during worship which consists of their interpreting a text, and sharing that interpretation, so that that truth may come alive in our living.

Invitation

All present are invited to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives and publicly affirm the desire to become his disciples, as well as to become members of Calvary.

Serving/Benediction

The words of the Benediction, delivered by the pastor, send us forth with the blessing of God’s power over our lives.

Postlude

A song played with the intention of providing a bridge from your encounter with God in worship to your service for God in the world.

Communion

We observe open communion, meaning anyone who wishes to partake may do so. Once a quarter we take communion by way of intinction (breaking a piece of bread from the loaf and dipping it in the cup); all other months we pass communion plates with cracker and cup to each other while remaining in the pews. There are always gluten-free options available.

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