CCU worship could be described as traditional…with a twist. We like to draw on many different traditions and practices in order to come into God’s presence.
Sunday worship is the primary gathering time for our congregation. We meet at 10am and worship for about an hour. Most Sundays, we follow a simple but traditional liturgy: you can expect we’ll have some opening words and prayers, some congregational singing, a reading from scripture and an inspiring sermon which is both grounded in our Christian tradition and applicable to our lives today. We also incorporate a broader time of congregational prayer and share the sacrament of communion each week. Everyone present is invited to partake of communion: you do not have to be a member or our church, or any church to take communion.
Musically, we try to use lots of different types of tunes to celebrate the good news. On any given Sunday, you’re likely to hear hymns and praise songs, world music and gospel selections, jazz and classical arrangements. You may hear an organ or piano, drum or guitar, even a trumpet or bango. Our choir sings every week during the school year and incorporates every style from classical to jazz and Rock and Roll.
Recongizing that each of us experience God in different ways, CCU offers periodic opportunities for worship outside Sunday morning. We see these as special opportunities to learn and practice alternative forms of worship and prayer: such as Blues Vespers, Taize chanting, silent meditation, or walking the labyrinth. Keep an eye on our announcements bar for more information about these opportunities.
We also worship together on special holidays such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and during the Advent season.
CCU joyfully encourages anyone with musical gifts to use them in our worship through our Music Ministry program.
Our choir, which is open to all, sings throughout the year in a broad range of styles. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm in the Sanctuary under the direction of our Minister for Music.
We welcome guest musicans and those with instrumental capabilities to talk to our pastor or Minister for Music about how they might make an offering.
We also offer periodic musical programs throughout the year, the most popular of which is our annual Handel’s Messiah performance and Sing-a-long. Keep your eye out for news about this year’s dates.
Many of you have asked about the benediction that blesses us and sends us out each week for our work in God’s world. It’s attribution is uncertain but some of the words, at least, are attributed to Swiss poet and philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel. May they bless you as they bless us each week:
Life is short.
And we do not have long to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us.
So be swift to love.
And make haste to be kind.
And may the Divine Mystery, which surpasses all our understanding,
but who made us and who loves us and who travels with us,
may that God bless us
and keep us in peace.