We hope that you will find our worship services at Mt. Sylvan UMC inviting and comfortable. We strive to create an atmosphere where we welcome you and you welcome the holy spirit. We have many special services throughout the year. Below are some of our regular Sunday services and ways for people to participate.
Our worship service is based on the "Word and Table" order of worship. We use the United Methodist Hymnal. Music is led by the choir, organ, and piano. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate Holy Communion using the traditional Great Thanksgiving liturgy.
Weddings are a holy form of worship at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, as well as a joyous celebration of love and commitment between two people.
It is a beautiful moment. A couple stands before a congregation of family and friends. They make lifelong promises to one another and maybe exchange rings. In a moment, their lives are changed. The two who have entered separately leave as one, joined together in marriage.
Christian marriage is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, but those who choose to marry enter into “a sacred covenant reflecting the Baptismal Covenant” (The United Methodist Book of Worship 115), and more specifically “a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church” (The United Methodist Hymnal 864).
A service of Christian marriage in The United Methodist Church is a worship service similar to a typical Sunday service. In addition to the elements specific to marriage, there is a time of gathering and greeting, Scripture readings and a sermon, prayers, and songs, a time for response to God’s word that may include the sacrament of Holy Communion, and a sending forth.
Before you contact the church to schedule your nuptials please direct any inquiries to the Church Office Administrator at email@example.com.
From the beginning, baptism has been the door through which one enters the church. It was inconceivable to many that one could respond to God’s grace by reciting the renunciations, affirming one’s faith in Christ and loyalty to the Kingdom, without joining the fellowship of those who are committed to mature in that faith. As the “Body of Christ” in the world, baptism commissions us to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world.
Infant Baptism is a covenant between God, the church, and the child's parents in which everyone involved pledges to love the child and guide them in the ways of Christian discipleship. From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). However, a more consistent argument is that baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith. The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to prevenient grace.
Adult Baptism (Believer's Baptism)
We receive our identity from others, from the expectations of friends and colleagues, from the labels society puts upon us, and from the influence of family. To become Christian is to receive a new identity. You no longer allow others to tell you who you are. Christ now claims you and instructs you. A Christian is one who has “put on Christ.” As an adult or young adult, baptism celebrates becoming that new person. That is why the church’s ritual begins with putting off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ.
Welcoming folks on Sunday Morning.
This is a very important ministry of the church! Would you like to help welcome folks to worship at Mt. Sylvan on Sunday mornings? Please contact Linda Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org
The children and youth of our congregation play an important role in worship by lighting the candles and bringing in the cross for worship at our 10:30 service. If you are third grade or older and are interested in being a crossbearer or acolyte, please contact Pastor Kathie.