We try to create worship services that are both traditional and innovative: bringing music, liturgy, and preaching together to be spiritually uplifting and socially relevant.
Some of the more non-traditional ways we do this:
RECONCILING IN CHRIST SUNDAY, held the last Sunday of January, includes a celebration of God’s love for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. http://www.lcna.org/ric/about-reconciling-in-christ
EVOLUTION SUNDAY is in February, on the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12). Begun in 2006 by the Clergy Letter Project (a response to anti-evolution policies passed by a school board in Wisconsin), Evolution Sunday is “an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, to show that religion and science are not adversaries.”
PLURALISM SUNDAY, usually on the first Sunday in May, is when we dedicate our worship to a celebration of our interfaith world. We give thanks for religious diversity. We don’t claim that our religion is superior to all others. We recognize that we can grow closer to God and deeper in compassion – and understand our own tradition better – through a greater awareness of the world’s religions.
September and October is THE SEASON OF CREATION. This new season of the church year is an opportunity to worship God along with all Creation and to express gratitude, love, and a commitment to care for all living things on earth. The season includes St. Francis of Assisi Day, when the Sunday service includes a BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS.