10:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship – You will be warmly welcomed at one of the main entrances from the porch or the wheelchair ramp. Our worship space is on the same level and just a few feet away. You will be given a worship program to help you participate in our worship service. A sample program is provided on this page.
Our worship space – is open and bright. The choir sits up front and most people sit on the main level, though some prefer sitting in the balcony. The high ceilings mean sound carries beautifully as our different choirs sing and our various instruments sound to God's glory. People enter through the double doors at the back of the worship space or a single door near the front for people as they come up from the lower level.
Our worship experience – includes a variety of music, songs, scripture readings from the Bible, a relevant sermon based upon the scripture and prayer in many forms. We enjoy greeting one another as we share the peace of Christ, sharing prayer concerns and celebrations as ways to care for and get to know one another better. Worship is often “blended” including both traditional and more contemporary songs. Worship runs approximately 60-70 minutes.
More about music! Worship at Pilgrim is filled with music and song. Like all people, we find music touches unnamed feelings in our souls allowing us to offer more of ourselves to God. At the same time music opens us to receive more of God’s presence and leading. We are intentional in blending styles of music using hymns which draw us into praise, reverence, prayer, and God’s call to serve others. Our music is informed by our Presbyterian heritage, and most hymns we sing are from The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) and the later supplement, Sing The Faith (2003). In recent years more contemporary music from the CCLI library and the Methodist song book, Worship and Song (2011), has expanded our musical offerings. Most services involves use of both the piano and the organ.
Susan Redcay, our Director of Music, approaches every piece of music with a desire to draw all who gather into a closer experience of the Lord. Under her direction, the Adult Choir presents a wide range of traditional anthems as well as praise music. The Adult Choir, which is open to anyone of high school age and beyond, leads worship from Sept to June. In addition to our 17 rank pipe organ (rebuilt in 1994) instrumentalists on trumpet, violin, flute and percussion occasionally accompany the choir.
Youth and Contemporary Music Director, Linda Pettinelli, leads music in worship one Sunday per month September through June. The Praise Singers, under her direction, lead congregational singing and present Praise and Worship “anthems” on the piano or electric keyboard. Often musicians on drums, guitar and flute share in the music accompaniment. Like the Adult Choir, Praise Singers is open to singers of high school age and beyond.
Linda also directs Pilgrim’s Children’s and Youth Choir (ages 5 – preteen). Our young people share their musical gifts in worship at least six times a year. Often in the Advent season and in June, the whole children’s Sunday School present special musical programs. Throughout the years, abridged musicals such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Fish Tales,” “It’s Cool in the Furnace” and “100% Chance of Rain,” have been presented in worship.
Pilgrim recently upgraded its sound system to improve sound quality and provide for future opportunities to incorporate visual media in worship.
Through different styles of music, liturgy and presentation of the Word we come to offer the “glory of God!”
Communion – the Lord’s Supper is celebrated and shared on the first Sunday of the month. People of all ages are invited to receive the bread and juice as we share the meal Jesus gives us so we know we are loved and are part of his family. (see also What We Believe) You'll also hear from guest "Moments for Mission" speakers on this special Sunday.
Children of all ages – are welcome in worship, and we hope children ages six and older will participate in the entire worship service. Children who attend our Rotatation Workshops prior to worship often sit toward the front of the worship space. Most Sundays, children are invited to come up front for a conversation with the pastor. Younger children leave worship at that time for child care. Activity bags and activity pages are provided for children to listen while their hands are engaged.
Children and Youth Choir – meets from 10-10:30 a.m. September to May, to learn songs they will offer in worship services six to eight times a year.
After worship – people gather for a time of introductions, conversation and light snacks in the Gathering Room, adjacent to the Sanctuary.