Worship

The community of faith, gathered in response to God’s call, is formed in its worship.
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Welcome to Sunday Worship
Click here for this month’s worship schedule.

Children’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Study begins at 10:00 a.m. Worship begins at 11:00 a.m. Childcare available during worship available for infants through 3rd 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.

Inclusive Language
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.

Lectionary
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.

Choir membersMusic
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.

Children's Sermon - Version 2Children and Worship
Children are always welcome in worship. It matters to us that they know they are part of our community of faith.

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 second 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.

CommunionCommunion
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.