I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
3 On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul. -Psalm 138
We believe that uniting together for weekly worship is a radical act of discipleship, and a prophetic counter to the dominant culture of the 21st century, which promotes individualism, materialism, and dependence on virtual reality for creating and maintaining relationships. Gathering for and investing in worship is an active response to our covenant as God’s people. Though there are many ways to worship, we believe that fellowship on the Sabbath remains the greatest hope for honest, genuine connection with God and one another. We seek to make our worship as authentic and dynamic as possible!
The Worship Committee of University Church is comprised of a team of people who feel passionate about all aspects of liturgy: prayers, songs, affirmations of faith, sermons, space design, and imagining new services that will draw people together physically, emotionally, and spiritually to meet the interactive needs of God’s people. Those who join this committee need little more than the desire to see our worship reach its fullest potential, and a few hours each month for planning (in collaboration with the pastor). Join us!
4th SATURDAY of each month, in the sanctuary, from noon-2pm (unless otherwise noted on the church’s calendar).
***Latest Worship News & Activities***
This year’s all-church retreat’s theme, Worthy Dreams, will be a time to reflect, to get acquainted with University Church worshipers of all ages, relax, play, and dream. Date: March 18-20, 2011, beginning Friday evening and ending after lunch Sunday. Place: Tower Hill Camp and Retreat Center, Sawyer, Michigan Cost: $110, adult; $70, child; $25, one day; […]
Formalized in the 15th century as a Christian spiritual devotion or practice, the roots and antecedents of the “stations of the cross” go back to the earliest Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem in the 5th century. Each of the 14 stations focuses on an event — some biblically based and others more legendary — of Jesus’ final days: from […]
Throughout the Bible — such as with Job who wonders why bad things happen to good people, and with Jonah who wonders why good things happen to bad people — the use of ashes and the donning of sackcloth is seen as signs of one’s repentance. The symbolic use of ashes in this sense continues today as […]