Worship at Haney Church
Worship is a conversation that takes place between God and the congregation. God calls us to worship and is present where we are together in the name of Christ. One of the children lights the Christ candle at the beginning of the service to symbolize God’s presence.
Our worship service is informal and intentionally flexible to express that this is a dynamic conversation. But when you watch carefully you will notice a structure as each service is designed to express four movements in the conversation:
- God calls us to worship and we praise God
- God speaks to us and we listen to God’s Word
- We respond and God hears our prayers
- God sends us with his blessing and we go in faith
Children to the age of 10 are with us for the first part of the service. They participate in the candle lighting, the hymns, readings, and prayers, and leave for Sunday School after a children’s message. Youth 10-15 are encouraged to stay till after the sermon when they join our associate pastor for sermon discussion.
Our intention is to create as many opportunities as possible where the whole church family (young and old) can worship together. Children are part of the church and they need to worship God as much as adults do. We also want to introduce them to all the different aspects of worship so that they learn over time to participate meaningfully in the whole service.
On Sundays when we have family services, children stay in the service and do not go to Sunday school.
We celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of October, December, February, April, June, and August, as well as on Maundy Thursday.
Children can participate in communion under the supervision of their parents.
On Sunday’s we are served by the elders in the pews, and we serve each other as we pass on the elements. On Maundy Thursday we come forward and receive communion by intinction (we break a piece of bread from the loaf and dip it in the juice).
- Lenten Prayer Services at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Evenings between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday
- Holy Week Services Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. From Monday to Wednesday we gather at 7:30 p.m. for contemplation and prayer. These are quiet services that help us focus on God and fix our hearts and minds on Christ.
- Maundy Thursday Service On the Thursday evening before Good Friday, you can join us at 6:00 p.m. at the table for a fellowship meal and the celebration of communion. We also read through the story of Jesus’ suffering and death, putting out a symbolic candle after each station in this story.
- Good Friday and Easter These two services are very different in nature, the one solemn and quiet as we remember the death of Jesus, and the other joyous and exuberant as we celebrate his resurrection from the dead. Together they proclaim the mystery of our faith: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day We have two services on Christmas Eve. The 6:30 pm service is a family oriented inter-generational service and the 11:15 pm service is a candle light service. We also gather at 10:00 am on Christmas day for a service of worship.
A group of people gather at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the minister’s study to pray for God’s blessing on the service and Sunday School.