Sunday Services, based upon the Service for the Lord’s Day, occur at 9 am, 11:15 am and 7:30 pm from the Sunday after the Labor Day weekend through the Sunday before the Memorial Day weekend. The morning service during the summer is at 10:30 am, and the evening service continues at 7:30 pm, except from the first Sunday in August through the Labor Day weekend, when there is only the morning service.
The Service for the Lord’s Day includes organ preludes, hymns, prayers, scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, a sermon based upon one or several of those lessons, baptisms, the welcome of new members, announcements, an offering, communion, and am organ postlude. The 9 am service, a favorite for families with younger children, includes a lesson for young Christians—a conversation between the children and the pastor specifically designed to introduce biblical themes that will be further explored in a children’s worship program they attend while the sermon is being preached. Thereafter, the children return to the Dana Chapel to be with their parents to receive Communion. The 9 am service also features a professional quartet of singers who help lead in congregational singing.
The 11:15 am service—the most popular of the three—includes all that is in the 9 am service, plus the adult choir singing a major anthem during the offering, and another anthem during the distribution of Communion. Download the list of Liturgical Choral Music from September 2012 to May 2013 (pdf).
The 7:30 pm service, the smallest of the three, is designed for those who must work on Sundays and has also become very popular among younger adults. It is a full Service for the Lord’s Day, but without the children’s lesson or any choral music. It is also the most casual of the three services. The preacher for the day almost always preaches all three services.
Members move freely between these services as fits their needs.
Services of daily prayer are offered in the Dana Chapel, Monday through Friday, under the leadership of the pastoral staff of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. The services are simple in structure, essentially scripture, silence and prayer, and designed to last no longer than thirty minutes. The daily service includes an Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lesson and prayers of thanksgiving and intercessions, including special prayers for those whose names have been placed on the MAPC prayer list. Beginning the first Tuesday after Labor Day until the Memorial Day weekend, services are offered Monday through Friday at 12 noon.
Service of Healing and Wholeness
Healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus, and the church has been called to continue this discipline as one dimension of its concern for the wholeness of its people. The church enacts this ministry through services for healing and wholeness, recognizing that it is a gift of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
On the first Wednesday of each month a service of Healing and Wholeness is held in the sanctuary at 6 pm. This service, which follows the order for the Service for the Lord’s Day, includes hymns, scripture and preaching, as well as a special time of prayers for healing and wholeness, intercessions, supplications, and an opportunity for anointing and laying on of hands (James 5:13-14).
Prayer is the vital element of worship in this service, as it is a time of waiting in faith upon God. The service concludes with the Lord’s Supper.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for corporate and personal prayer.
Note: These services are not held in July and August.