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Every Sunday morning at 10:30 the Richmond Church of the Brethren gathers for worship, sharing, prayer, and fellowship. We invite you to come and share in these times of worship and to get to know us in person.
What are our worship gatherings like?
Authentic, meaningful, and creative opportunities for worship are an important part of our life together as a church. We believe that worship should be a participatory experience, which we put into practice in a number of different ways. A wide variety of different people help to provide worship leadership and our we often have times of open sharing and response. Pastor Matt provides the sermon most Sundays, and at least one Sunday a month we invite another person from our church community to preach. Some Sundays we might not even have a sermon at all, but instead participate in other methods of engaging, creative, and meaning-filled worship.
We have a wide variety of music in our times of worship, ranging from traditional hymns to songs from cultures around the world. Most weeks our music is accompanied by piano, but we also have many other talented instrumentalists, ranging from guitarists and organists to flute, clarinet, and brass players who help add diversity to our worship music.
How is worship planned?
Worship is not only highly participatory on Sunday mornings, but also throughout the worship planning process. The worship team, a group consisting of volunteers from the church, meets monthly to brainstorm and vision what our upcoming worship gatherings will focus on, who will preach when, and to coordinate any special services. Members of the worship team each sign up to be the liaison for a particular week.
The details of each worship gathering are planned through conversations between the liaison, worship leader(s), worship curator(s), musician(s), preacher, and pastor. By planning worship this way our gatherings better incorporate the thoughts and ideas of the entire community.
Getting involved in worship leadership & planning
There are many opportunities for you to become more involved in the worship life of the Richmond Church of the Brethren. Some of the possibilities include reading scripture, sharing a children's story, being the worship leader, preaching, playing worship music on the piano or other instruments, leading congregational singing, creating worship centers, joining the worship team, and more!
Every year we do a gifts inventory survey to find out what ways people are interested in participating, but don't hesitate to step up and volunteer. If you want to get more involved in worship leadership and planning, contact Pastor Matt.