Sunday morning services for the Lord’s Day occur at 9 am and 11:15 am from the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before the Memorial Day weekend. During the summer months there is one morning service at 10:30 am.
The Service for the Lord’s Day includes scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, as outlined in the Revised Common Lectionary, a sermon based upon one or several of those lessons, prayers, announcements, an offering, and the celebration of the Eucharist–also known as The Lord’s Supper. Our services occasionally include baptisms, the welcome of new members, and special “Words in Action” offered by members of the congregation and pastoral staff.
Our Sunday services also include a Lesson for Young Christians, a conversation between the children and the pastor, specifically designed to introduce biblical themes. These themes are further explored in our Children’s and Youth Worship programs, which take place while the sermon is being preached. The children and youth return to the Sanctuary to be with their families to receive Communion.
Music is an important part of worship at MAPC. Hymns and songs from the Taizé and Iona traditions are sung at both the 9 am and 11:15 am services with the support of the church’s fine Casavant pipe organ. The 11:15 am service includes anthems sung by the Church Choir during the Offering and during the distribution of Communion. You can view a list of the music to be sung on our Liturgical Choral Music from September 2015 to May 2016 (pdf). The 9 am services include a professional quartet of singers who help lead the congregational singing.
Following these services, worshippers are invited to gather in the Church House Lobby for a time of refreshment and fellowship, coffee, tea, juice, and our famous cookies!
Healing and Wholeness
During the morning services on the first Sunday of each month, special prayers for healing and wholeness, and an opportunity for anointing and laying on of hands, are offered during the distribution of communion. 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, recognizing that it is a gift of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday Morning Prayer
A service of Morning Prayer is offered on Tuesday mornings at 9 am in the Dana Chapel from the second week in September through the end of June. The service is led by a member of the pastoral staff and includes Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons, psalms, hymns, and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession. The service lasts 30 minutes. It is an uplifting way to start the day!