Worship with Us
"We strive to love and celebrate God and one another as one family in Christ and to do God's will in the world." (Our Mission Statement)
Our worship services have been described as "relaxed traditional".
Each service begins with our greeting: No matter who you are and where you are on Life's journey, you are welcome here.
Each service ends with the following words:
Shalom . . . . . Hebrew
Salaam . . . . . Arabic
Shanti . . . . . .Hindu
Vrede . . . . . . Afrikaans
Paz . . . . . . . . Spanish
Mir . . . . . . . . Russian
Peace . . . . . . English
These words, hanging on banners around the sanctuary, are a constant reminder to all of us that peace is possible when we are willing to recognize and respect the diversity of God's creation.
Our Communion table is open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God's people. It is served on the first Sunday of each month, during our ten o'clock morning worship service. We share in Communion using intinction, which is dipping the bread into the wine or grape juice. If a person is unable to walk to the front of the church, the pastor will serve that person where the person is seated.
At Hillcrest Church, music is a combination of the congregation's voices and the piano/organ accompaniment and it is integrated with the liturgy of worship. It is a place where voices come together in thanksgiving and praise, actively celebrating the presence of God. The music is built on a strong tradition of faith with a repertoire including traditional, well-loved hymns from the New Century Hymnal as well as more contemporary offerings drawn from a number of sources.
Scriptures and Sermon
The Sunday selection of scriptures is taken from both the Old and New Testaments and usually follows the UCC liturgical calendar. The sermon, based on the selected scriptures, seeks to explain the scriptures and relate them to our current spiritual journey.