Our worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning with a pre-worship centering prayer beginning at 10:15 a.m. Worship consists of songs (both contemporary and traditional) and Biblically based messages. We are an active community church that welcomes diversity, respecting each individual and their contribution to the worship celebration. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We have a child-friendly active space in our sanctuary for little ones. We also have a Godly Play class for young children which begins roughly 10 minutes after the beginning of worship. The teaching pastor is Rev. Monte McClain.
Our services are traditionally inspired yet led in a way that is current and related to our 21st century Bay Area context. We are firmly rooted in the Reformed Tradition yet open to all ways that God moves in the world. Our music incorporates classic hymns, spirituals and a twist on praise music accompanied by piano, guitar, banjo, bass and often the djembe.
9:15 am The Vocabulary of Faith Bible Study for adults
10:30 am Worship Celebration
10:40am (approximately) children are invited to our Godly Play program
Our Fall Series is on developing a nurturing our faith with creative imagination as we root ourselves in the metaphor of live in Exile and Diaspora. The goal is to instill and mature a sense of creative historical imagination among our community in the way that we might see the story of today's challenges, collapsing society, great emergence of something new with and through the lens of the similar stories of the Babylonian Exile.
The series is inspired in large part by a quote from Walter Brueggemann in his book The Bible Makes Sense :
"The faith of Israel is that exile is not a permanent condition. God wills the people to be settled safely in a world where they are at home politically and economically, as well as psychologically and spiritually.
The call of the Gospel is to leave what is organized against the promises of God and to be on the way to the place where God's purposes have power."
The Bible isn’t my story, or your story, rather it’s our story. It’s never a closed book of past events, but an invitation to RE-define reality. The stories of the bible invite us into the covenantal history of the Bible. In order to do so we have to read the Bible as insiders, even if we are in the face of things outsiders to the language, thought patterns, culture and historical assumptions.
Throughout the Fall, we’ll wrestle with the stories of the Exile and Homecoming which are central to the larger story of faith revealed in the Bible, perceived in history, and emerging in our own life.
If God’s work is to bring people home: from the exile from Eden, to Babylon, under the Romans, in the Middle Ages, and now in the collapsing of our world based upon the ideas of the Enlightenment, what is the hope for us today in 2019?
Worship is the work of our community. That's what the word liturgy means in ancient Greek. You can be involved in our worship matters because worship matters to all of us.