What to expect during worship, by Pastor Carmelo Santos
I am so glad that you are considering worshipping with us at Hope. I pray that it will be a meaningful experience. Here is some information to orient you for your visit to worship at Hope.
If you have small children you should know that: - Children are welcome at our worship service. And.... - We also have a nursery with a wonderful professional child care provider in case you prefer to choose that option. - There is a children's sermon at every service. - There are Sunday School opportunities for children (and adults) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - There are opportunities for older children to actively participate in the service of they choose to. - All children are welcome to use our playground before or after the service.
If you have never been to Hope before, you should know that: PARKING We have parking available on site. If you arrive by car, you can park on either side of the playground and proceed to the entrance.
WHERE TO SIT Please sit anywhere you like.
ALL ARE WELCOME All are welcome at Hope, because we all are equally in need of God's love and grace. If you are seeking God, you are welcome at Hope!
LITURGY We are a liturgical church. We follow the order of worship that the church catholic has used for millennia. That structure, however, is used dynamically and with vibrant music that combines the classical with the modern.
HOLY COMMUNION Anyone can come forward during the distribution of the sacrament and request a prayer or a blessing even if you will not be receiving the sacrament. Gluten-free bread and grape juice instead of wine are available in addition to regular bread and wine. Once you receive the bread, you dip it in the cup and eat it with reverence. Then you can go back to your seat and meditate on the holy gift that you have just received: the very flesh and blood of God, and of God's unconditional love.
STAY AND CHAT IF YOU CAN There is coffee, tea, cookies and fellowship at the end of the service. You are invited to stop by the fellowship hall after worship and talk to the pastor and the people of Hope.