Welcome to Sunday Worship
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Worship begins at 11 am. Childcare available during worship available for infants through third grade.
Come in your Sunday best or in your best jeans! We have an informal atmosphere at the same time that we embrace and value many of the great traditions in worship. The worship liturgist is usually a lay person who leads us in responsive readings, scripture readings, and litanies. Sixth’s pastor usually offers the sermon; occasionally we have a guest preacher.
With the awareness that language reflects our beliefs about equality and justice, we intentionally use inclusive language in our worship. This includes using a variety of feminine, masculine, and non-gender images in referring to God and humanity. Hymns, litanies, prayers, choral offerings, and other worship elements are often chosen, altered, or created to express this inclusive and expansive view of God and God’s people.
Sunday worship services are usually based on the Common Lectionary for the liturgical season. These texts are based on a three-year cycle of Biblical texts. A Bible study currently meets with the pastor each Wednesday in the church parlor from 11:00 a.m. to noon, for discussion of the following Sunday’s lectionary text. For a link to this year’s lections on the Vanderbilt Library Web site, click here.
The choir at Sixth Presbyterian sings an introit and an anthem each Sunday. These pieces are selected to correspond with the scripture readings. The repertoire includes music from the great traditions of Christian music, past to present. The choir rehearses every Thursday evening from September through May and sings most Sundays during this time. It also rehearses on Sunday morning before Sunday School.
Care is available for infants through 3-year-olds for both the Sunday School and the Worship hours (during Worship only in the summer). Children aged three through third grade attend part of the Worship hour, during which there is a special time for children. They spend the remaining time with caregivers who lead them in activities which include prayer time, learning songs and scripture passages, crafts, and creative indoor and outdoor play.
Communion is celebrated as a part of our worship on the first Sunday of the month and on the special Sundays of Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost. People (adults and children) of all faiths are invited to gather around God’s table to partake in this feast of love. We often say that regardless of one’s belief, disbelief, or unbelief, all are welcome at God’s table. In our communion, the congregants come forward to receive the elements by intinction, an ancient tradition in the Church.