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The Worship and Music Committee

  • The PC(USA) Book of Order says this about worship:
    "Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God.  In worship, the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives.  As they respond to God's claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed.  In worship, the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God's service in the world." Our Worship and Music Committee are diligent in partnership with our pastor and music director about making certain that every service is meaningful and sacred.
    • Unique Worship Volunteer Opportunities:
      • Acolytes, most often children, bring in the light of Christ at the beginning of each worship service by lighting our candles and then take God’s light symbolically back out into the world at the service’s conclusion.
      • Liturgists assist by offering a welcome, making announcements and leading us as we begin our worship service.
      • The Ushers guide and direct the congregation in the Sanctuary including: welcoming visitors, greeting worshippers, passing out bulletins, collecting offerings, answering questions and serving as security during worship services.
      • Wedding Guild members coordinate wedding services, preparing the church facilities and serve as resources for the bridal party the day of the service.
        • Sunday Worship

    Our Sunday worship incorporates all the elements of a traditional Presbyterian service for the Lord’s Day, and typically follows the structure described below.

    Assembling for Worship:  As people gather and greet each other in the halls and Sanctuary, prelude music signals the time to begin preparing our hearts and minds for worship.   Following the prelude our worship begins at 10:30 am with a time of welcome and announcements.  Afterwards the congregation rises as they are able to join the choir, worship liturgist and pastor in singing the Introit, reading the Call to Worship and singing our first hymn. 

    Confession:  We are invited to confess our sins in unison by reading the Prayer of Confession printed in the Bulletin which is followed by silent individual prayer.  Afterwards we hear the promise of God’s grace in the Assurance of Pardon.  The congregation responds to God’s Good News by responding with a brief song of praise, often the “Gloria Patri.”  A Time with Children follows our song of praise.

    Response to God’s Grace: Following the Time with Children we respond to God’s work in our lives by collecting God’s tithes and our offering.  An offertory of special music is offered during the collection to further enrich our worship experience.  Following the offering we rise and sing “The Doxology,” or another hymn of thanksgiving and affirm our faith using one of the statements from the PC (USA)’s Book of Confessions as printed in the Bulletin.  Often we recite the Apostles' Creed.  Then, the pastor or another worship leader leads the Prayer of Dedication by asking for God’s blessing on our offerings. 

    Following our time of responding to God’s grace we are invited to turn and greet our neighbors as we Pass the Peace as an act of extending this grace to everyone (we follow the ancient greeting, "May the peace of Christ be with you," and the response, "And also with you.").  The pastor or worship leader then greets and welcomes everyone and shares the concerns of the church.  Prayers of the People are offered as well as intercessions for the church universal, the world nearby and far, those in authority, persons in need and other concerns. This prayer concludes by the congregation praying the Lord’s Prayer in unison.  Following the Prayers of the People the choir or a soloist sing the Anthem. 

    Hearing the Word:  The congregation sings a hymn to prepare our hearts for God’s Word. The pastor or worship leader prays for illumination, reads the day’s scripture lessons from the Old and New Testament and offers the day’s sermon.

    Responding to the Word:  In response to hearing God’s Word, as we are able we rise again and sing a final hymn related to the message of the sermon.

    Carrying the Word into the World:  Through the benediction the pastor renews God’s call to us to minister to our neighbors and offers a benediction.  As the pastor walks down the aisle to meet the congregation as we exit the church, the choir leads the congregation in singing the Benediction Response.  Finally a musical postlude is heard as everyone departs to serve in God’s world.

Sacraments

  • The Sacrament of The Communion of the People (also known as The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist) is celebrated the first Sunday of each month and Christmas Eve.  Communion may also be administered by the pastor (a Teaching Elder) and a Ruling Elder upon request to the homebound or hospitalized. Celebrating the Lord’s Supper provides the occasion to renew one’s faith and nourish participants for the work of Christian service.

In communion, the bread and wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the apostles. Together they symbolize the new covenant between God and all people. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, the elements enable us to give thanks, remember, and anticipate God's redemptive work on our behalf.  At Cordova Presbyterian you do not have to be a member to partake in communion; it is God’s gift for anyone who is seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Ordained elders serve Communion either by passing the bread and juice to congregants sitting in the pews or by serving the gifts at the Communion Table by intinction.  (“Intinction” simply means by dipping a piece of bread in juice.)  Note that we only use non-alcoholic grape juice. 

  • The Sacrament of Baptism takes place as mutually arranged by the parents (or those to be baptized) and the pastor.

    Our Book of Order states: “Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. Children of believers are to be baptized without undue delay, but without undue haste. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for Baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. The Baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith.

    Baptism, therefore, usually occurs during infancy, though a person may be baptized at any age. Parents bring their child to church, where they publicly declare their desire that he or she be baptized. When an infant or child is baptized the church commits itself to nurture the child in faith. When adults are baptized they make a public profession of faith. 

    Because we believe baptism is a public declaration of faith, it is almost always administered as part of a worship service.   CPC does not offer private baptism except in cases of critical illness.  In the PC (USA), baptism is authorized by the church session and performed by a pastor. For more information about Baptism, please contact Rev. Bradham.

Special Services

  • Throughout the year we have several special services in our sanctuary.  These include, but are not limited to Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and a Candlelight Communion Service on Christmas Eve.
    • Music Ministry
      • Under the direction of our Music Director, Lori Kearney, the adult chancel choir not only leads our singing each week, but also regularly offer a wide-variety of special music to enrich our worship.  The choir traditionally present two cantatas each year around the Christmas and Easter Seasons. 
      • Mary Ann Cole recently joined our church staff as our Pianist/ Organist and brings with her decades of worship music experience.
      • Guest musicians from violinists to cellists and trumpeters to drummers often share their musical gifts with our congregation in worship throughout the year.
      • If you would like more information about our music program, including how you might add your own voice or musical talents to those of our singers and musicians, please contact Lori Kearney.  We are always looking for musicians to add to our “joyful noise!”

Weddings

  • Weddings are a gift from God, so any wedding performed at our church is to be in the context of a Christian worship service and the guidelines of the PC(USA). Our sanctuary is available for wedding services for both members and non-members at the pastor’s discretion.  When you begin to make your plans, please consult with the office administrator or our pastor for more information and a copy of our current Wedding Policy and Fees.

Funerals and Memorial Services

  • Cordova Presbyterian Church believes the resurrection is a central doctrine to Christianity and that it shapes our attitudes and responses to death.
  • Since we baptize, marry, worship and gather for fellowship in the name of the God who gives us life it is appropriate that members of this community of faith have their services at the church. Doing so enables us to see that:
    • death is a natural part of life
    • for Christians death does not have the final word
    • in life and death we belong to Christ and so with believers everywhere we affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel
    • we believe that we do not grieve in isolation, but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith
  • Funerals at Cordova Presbyterian Church are always held in the context of a worship service and are led by a pastor.  By offering a witness to the resurrection and glorifying God, the funeral is a beautiful example to the grace and love shown through Jesus Christ. 
    • Please notify the pastor to discuss any funeral or memorial service needs, regardless of the intended worship service location. 
    • The historic Cordova Community Cemetery is located on our church property.  For information about burial arrangements here the Cordova Cemetery Association can be contacted through the church office.

 

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This Week's Calendar

Sunday– August 20
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship
Noon Choir Rehearsal

Monday– August 21
12-1:30 p.m. Eclipse Viewing Party
1 p.m. Prayer Shawl

Tuesday– August 22
2 p.m. Book Club

Wednesday– August 23
6:30 p.m. Handbell Rehearsal

Saturday– August 26
9:30 a.m. Pinecrest PW Bible
Study & Fall Retreat

Sunday– August 27
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship
Noon Choir Rehearsal

Planning Ahead

Monday– September 4
Labor Day– Office Closed

Tuesday– September 5
1:30 p.m. BUNCO

Sunday– September 10
9:30 a.m. Fall Faith Fest Breakfast

Tuesday– September 11
11:00 a.m. BINGO

Wednesday– September 13
6:00 p.m. Wednesday Dinners and Programs Begin

Sunday– September 17
9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
9:30 a.m. Parent’s Meeting

Tuesday– September 19
11:00 a.m. BALANCE class