Worship

We offer Sunday worship services for everyone by providing an engaging and uplifting celebration of God and God’s Good News for us.  Sunday at CUMC, however, goes well beyond worship services.

We are working to make CUMC a compelling Sunday gathering place for …

  • Relationship building … a safe place to meet, get acquainted and become known.
  • Small group discussions
  • Faith development support
  • Hanging out in community

 

Green-worship

Join us on Sunday for Worship:

8:00 AM: Chapel Service
Traditional, small service with hymns, sermon, prayers

9:00-9:45 AM: Small Group Time
Childcare provided on the playground or upstairs in the King’s Mtn. room for parents who would like to attend a small group or music rehearsal.

10:00-11:00 AM: Sanctuary Worship
A worship service with both traditional and contemporary elements. Sunday School for children (pre-k through 5th grade) after Children’s Moment.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Social Hour
Meet for fellowship, snacks and coffee in the Social Hall following the Sanctuary Worship Service.

*Youth Sunday School (grades 6-12) is from 9:45-10:25
They will enjoy donuts with Keri M. and then join the remainder of the Sanctuary Worship Service.

 

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the church enters the fourth season in the liturgical year. This year Ash Wednesday falls on 6 March. The name “Ash Wednesday” dates from 1099 AD. The name refers to the practice of place or “imposing” ashes on a worshiper’s forehead during the Ash Wednesday service.
We will hold a service at 7 pm in the chapel. Traditionally ashes for Ash Wednesday have been obtained by burning the palm fronds saved from the previous year’s Palm Sunday services. However, it takes a lot of palm fronds to make enough ashes. At CUMC we burn newspaper to obtain our ashes. During the point in the service called the Imposition of the Ashes, worshipers are invited to come forward and have a cross marked in ashes on their foreheads. The cross is an outward symbol of an inward desire to more closely follow Christ. If you are uncomfortable participating in this ritual, that’s fine. If you attend the Ash Wednesday service, you are under no obligation whatsoever to receive the imposition of the ashes. We encourage each worshiper to do whatever feels most comfortable.
Ashes have long been a part of the Jewish tradition. In Old Testament times ashes were used as a sign of penance and sorrow.  You’ve probably heard the expression “sackcloth and ashes.”  Sackcloth is a rough type of cloth, rather like burlap, that people wore to publicly proclaim their sorrow at someone’s death or their desire to repent of wrongdoings.  Along with wearing sackcloth, these believers also covered their heads with ashes.  The word “quarantine” comes from Lent. Those who had committed really serious sins spent the forty days (“quaran” in Lent) of Lent publicly atoning for those sins and being shunned by the community until they were joyously received back into the community of faith at Easter.
The color for Lent is purple. It is not the royal purple of Advent but the solemn purple of mourning. Lent lasts for forty days, not counting Sundays, and is based upon the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert (Luke 4:1-3).
Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the French term for Fat Tuesday. In England, it’s known as Shrove Tuesday. During Lent it used to be traditional to give up rich foods such as eggs, sugar, cheese, fruit, meat, and olive oil. In order to use up a home’s supply of these perishable ingredients, especially rich foods were eaten on Mardi Gras. In New Orleans, beignets and King’s Cake were eaten. In England, pancakes are the main dish and most villages have a pancake flipping contest. Over the years Mardi Gras in New Orleans has come to be a rather raucous celebration but it ends abruptly at midnight when the bells of St. Louis Cathedral chime midnight; Lent has begun. Carnival is another pre-Lenten celebration that takes place in Brazil and many of the Caribbean islands. “Carnival” comes from the Latin word “carnevala” which means “farewell to meat” – a reminder that people would be abstaining from meat during Lent.
— Kathee Tyson