The 8:30 a.m. worship service is called Traditions. The name reflects the style of worship that includes scripture readings, prayers, hymns, choir music.
10:30 a.m. worship is called Elements. This service combines elements of traditional worship, like choir music and hymns, with praise and worship music.
This 30-minute time for prayer and reflection includes a hymn or two, a short message from the pastor, prayers, scripture readings, and communion. Communion is celebrated during Sunday worship on the first Sunday of each month, and for special worship occasions.
Often, worship themes. scripture readings, and sermons are guided by the “Revised Common Lectionary” — a list and calendar of scripture readings that are connected to the seasons of the Christian year. This resource is used by Methodist and many Christian. Occasionally, the pastor will depart from that schedule for a special sermon series.
Quality music continues to be an important part of Church of the Dunes’ ministry. There are choral groups, bell and chimes choirs, a worship band to accompany praise songs at 10:30 a.m. worship, and small ensembles involve all age groups provide a variety of musical styles to worship.
Worship often includes visual arts — like sculptures created by church members in a group activity, beautiful banners created by sewing and fiber artists, and symbolic images. These items are used to add meaning to the worship experience.
In Methodist and many other Christian churches, each season of the church year is represented by a color. These colors are incorporated into the front of the worship space, along with flowers and decorations to complement the message and meaning of each worship service.
These videos are examples of sermons included in worship services at Church of the Dunes.
In the six-week season leading up to Easter, Church of the Dunes has worship on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and of course, a worship celebration on Easter Sunday.
Special Worship Occasion – All Saints Sunday
Church of the Dunes continues a longtime tradition of remembering loved ones on All Saints Sunday.
Advent and Christmas
Sunday worship services in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, are focused on a special theme, and include meaningful sermons, music, and symbolic decorations in the worship space. Church of the Dunes celebrates Christmas with two worship services on Christmas Eve.