WORSHIP & MUSIC

The presence and power of Christ in Word and Music

“For where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.”  – Matthew 18:20

WORSHIP AT IMMANUEL

At Immanuel, we believe that worship is at the very heart of what we do as a congregation. Weekly worship empowers us to carry the Holy Spirit into the world in which we live and work. Confession, forgiveness, praise, prayer, and proclamation of the Word are integral to worship at Immanuel. Our worship is Christ-centered and reflects the heritage of our faith that is both Reformed and ever being reformed by the Holy Spirit.

Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle, Pastor photo
Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle, Pastor
WORSHIP & MUSIC LEADERSHIP

Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle
Pastor

Dr. Walter W. Schurr
Director of Music

Will Price
Alternative Worship Band Leader

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m. – Alternative Worship
Church Sanctuary
Music led by Immanuel’s Worship Band

9:45 a.m. – Christian Education
Click here for all classes offered

11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship
Church Sanctuary
Music led by Choir, Piano, and Organ

THE SACRAMENTS

We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are Sacraments, instituted by God and commanded by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the church, symbols of God’s action. When we are washed in the waters of Baptism, we receive new life in Christ. When we eat the bread and drink the wine (grape juice), we receive the sustaining presence of Christ, we remember God’s covenant promise, and we pledge our obedience anew.

Pastor John performing a baptism for family members photo

At Immanuel, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper during worship on the first Sunday of each month, and on other special days in the liturgical year. The elements of bread and grape juice are usually brought to worshipers in their seats, and on occasion, we serve Communion by intinction. Members of other Christian churches are welcome to join us in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Baptism

As Presbyterians, we believe that Baptism witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact our pastor directly.

Members of other Christian churches are welcome to present their children for Baptism.

SEASONAL SERVICES of REFLECTION and CELEBRATION

ADVENT

The four Sundays in Advent prepare us for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Christ.

CHRISTMAS

We have three Christmas Eve services: one service for families in the late afternoon, and two candlelight services in the evening. The Alternative Service Worship Band leads the music at the family service, and the Sanctuary Choir sings at both candlelight services.

LENT and HOLY WEEK

During Lent and Holy Week, we hold several worship services that commemorate particular events in the last days of Christ’s life.

— On Ash Wednesday, we offer Imposition of Ashes, an ancient Christian practice from the 10th century.

— On Maundy Thursday, the Lord’s Supper is celebrated by candlelight around tables and we serve each other through the ritual of hand washing. In the Good Friday service we have incorporated drama, prayer stations, and Tenebrae (service of shadows).

— We observe Good Friday and the Saturday Great Vigil of Easter in alternating years. The Great Vigil of Easter is celebrated the night before Easter Sunday, outdoors in our Desert Sanctuary, next to the labyrinth. The Vigil is a 90-minute service of scripture, prayer, music, renewal of Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, and the labyrinth is lit by several hundred luminaria.

EASTER

Easter Sunday begins with an Easter Sunrise Service in the Desert Sanctuary and continues with two traditional Easter Services in the Church Sanctuary at our regular worship times.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

The help of volunteers in worship is vital, and you can be part of this important ministry. In addition to preparing the sanctuary for worship, volunteers serve as greeters, ushers, and readers; prepare communion elements; assist in seasonal decorating; and support worship as sound and video technicians. We welcome additional worship assistants at any time during the year.

To learn more, or to volunteer to serve on a team, contact Joy Hager, Ed Vander Woude, Debby Johnson, or Pastor John Tittle.

Traditional Worship Service

Music in our Traditional Worship Service on Sunday is led by the Sanctuary Choir, and accompanied by organ, piano, and frequently other instruments such as brass or string ensembles, violin, timpani, and percussion. We sing a wide variety of world music, from traditional hymns, to Latin songs, spirituals, folk tunes, Taizé, and jazzy stuff that’ll make you tap your feet. We also have three handbell choirs of varying ages and skill levels, from 4th grade through adult.   Read more … 

Alternative Worship Service

The Alternative Worship Service features a band-lead expression where we incorporate contemporary worship songs, time-tested hymns, and culturally relevant music across a wide stylistic range. We fully recognize and embrace the creativity of God by integrating diverse genres into the corporate worship experience in order to facilitate an atmosphere where we can worship Christ in Spirit and in Truth.   Read more …