Welcome! Our Sunday services are packed with personality and variety. Music, scripture, meditation, prayers, and fellowship can all be found. We hope you feel welcome during your first visit. To help you to know what to expect, here are some our most commonly asked questions about our congregation:
Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. You will see everything from casual to business casual. Dresses to jeans, heals and ties to flip flops. Come in whatever you'd like!
Every Sunday in our congregation looks different from the last. On the third Sunday of the month, we have spiritual practices (meditations, journaling, etc) in the fellowship hall followed by a potluck lunch. On the first, second, and fourth Sundays we meet in the sanctuary. You can typically expect to see these elements:Prayer for Peace - A daily Prayer for Peace is held in the Temple in Independence Missouri where we uphold a nation in our world. During our Sunday worship, we participate in the Prayer for Peace with congregations all over the church.
Hymns-The congregation sings 3-4 songs during a worship service. Our hymnal, Community of Christ Sings, features inclusive hymns with songs on peace, diversity, social justice, sacredness of creation, and much more.
Prayers - Some prayers are written, others are not. We generally stand for the opening and closing prayer.
Focus Moment -This part of our service is just for the kids! As they are comfortable, children gather at the front of the sanctuary for a quick lesson or story and are handed activity bags they can play with through out the service.
Readings - Most weeks we have some kind of reading. Sometimes it's a scripture, a poem, or an interactive reading with the congregation.
Sermon -Our congregation follows the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week, we visit a passage from one of the Gospels and center our message around it.
Disciples Generous Response - Commonly called an Offering, the Disciples Generous Response is the time for the congregation to respond to God's generosity. A short message is given, a prayer is offered and plates are passed through the congregation. In Community of Christ, we do not tell members how much to give, but encourage giving to our true capacity.
Community of Christ celebrates the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month. We practice an open communion, meaning Communion is offered to all. In Salt Lake City, we use unfermented grape juice and gluten-free bread for those that have a gluten intolerance.