Worship at College Avenue Presbyterian
For many people the first time walking into a new church can be a formidable experience, full of wonder but also full of uncertainties. College Avenue is more than a beautiful building; it is a loving and growing family.
Everyone that passes through our doors is welcome here. You do not need to be a Presbyterian, nor do you need to be someone of much religious background or church experience. Our worship is unique, but it reaches out to a great variety of people on many different levels.
We hope that your first experience at College Avenue will be one that you will not forget, but most importantly we hope that you feel welcome here. If you are searching for a congregation, we would like College Avenue to be your church as well. And, if you are visiting, you are always welcome back.
We gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The worship order is fairly traditional. We begin with a Call to Worship, and lift our voices in an opening hymn. Then we say a Prayer of Confession, leaving room for our own silent prayer, and ever with the assurance of God's forgiveness. We exchange words, and handshakes, and gentle embraces, affirming the Peace of Christ in the lives of all.
The children of the congregation hear a special children's message just for them. The congregation listens in, of course, and many (young and older) will find this among the most meaningful of times in the morning worship. The children may then leave the sanctuary for a time of Children's Worship geared just for them.
The worship service now turns to the Word of God, read from the Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Sermons at College Avenue seek to reflect meaningfully on the Biblical word, while making that word relevant for our hearing today. Our pastor is part of the Reformed tradition of Protestant theology. Themes for preaching will range from issues of social justice, peacemaking, and Christ's call to inclusive community, to the living of just and responsible lives, the struggle to be faithful, prayer, and forgiveness.
If the Sacrament of Holy Communion is shared when you visit; the Table is open to all who come in faith, seeking the grace of Jesus Christ in their lives. One need not be a member of College Avenue to participate in this Sacrament.