Worship and Music

Sunday, December 17, 5pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, with the joint Parkway-Wentz choir singing at Wentz Memorial United Church of Christ, 3425 Carver School Road.

Sunday, December 24, 5:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Music at Parkway UCC.

Worship Commitments

Sunday morning worship service begins at 11:00 a.m.

In worship we blend traditional liturgical elements with unique appeals to the senses. We blend classical choral anthems with special musicians sharing folk, classical and gospel. Congregational singing blends classic hymns with spirituals, Taizé chant and folk tunes. We are a church which honors the contemplative traditions and silence, but also knows how to raise a joyful noise! We use inclusive language, strive to use language honoring other faith traditions, and use common ecumenical cycle for scripture readings.

Childcare is available from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for children through 5th Grade. All children are attended by the nursery staff from 9:30-10:45 a.m. During the worship service, the nursery is open to children through 4 years old. Children are welcome in the service. After the Story for All Ages, children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade may leave to attend Sunday school.

We celebrate Communion on the last Sunday of the month, either by forming a circle around the perimeter of the sanctuary and passing the bread and cup or by coming forward to the front and receiving the bread and cup from the pastor and lay leaders. All are welcome to celebrate Communion.

After worship, fellowship time with coffee and snacks is held in the area outside the fellowship hall.

Celtic Contemplative Vespers Second Sundays, 7:00 p.m.,
led by Rev. Liam Hooper, Minister of Welcome and Beyond
The vespers prayer service we offer at Parkway UCC is a unique blending of meditative prayer and active, contemplative worship. The service is structured on the premise that certain movements of worship create what we have come to call “contemplative space time.” Through particular attention to the movement of service, we enter into a space of mindful abiding with the Holy privately and in community. The service is meditative in nature and utilizes prayer through scripture readings, song (psalters and simple, meditative hymns), short responsive litanies, reflective readings and ritual, with periods of silence during transition, all of which lead to an extended period of silent prayer and reflection. We usually end our service with communion or a community meal.

There are many ways to deepen our contemplative connection to God. Our vespers service, we hope, is one way of doing so as we seek, together, to grow personally in our walk with Creator.

Special Services include:

  • Advent Services
  • Service of Lessons and Carols at Wentz Memorial UCC
  • Christmas Eve
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday