Worship

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Worship

Worship at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. We come together each week to celebrate what God is doing in our lives, and what God is doing in the world. We create community through prayer, laughter, and experience of the Holy. Our music glorifies God whether it is written by Handel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, or is a gospel tune.

Corporate worship is central to the life of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.  It is the event and experience out of which grow all of out other activities. Our Christian Education, Outreach, Fellowship and programming all are rooted in the times we gather to worship God.Worship at Walnut Creek United Methodist is relevant, warm, varied, contemporary, balanced, and characteristic of the United Methodist traditions. Its focus is on God. We come together each week to praise God, to pray, to proclaim God's word, and to make our promises to be God's people during the rest of the week.We observe the calendar of the Christian year. With its roots in the Bible, this cycle took its basic shape in the early church and continued to develop over the centuries.  Each season has its particular emphasis and significance.  The calendar includes Advent, Christmas, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Eastertide, and Pentecost.  In addition, other special Sundays are celebrated throughtout the year.
 

Holy Communion

Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper, originated in the Passover Meal to which Jesus gave new meaning on the night before his crucifixion.  We believe it is through this common meal (symbolized with the bread and cup) that we experience Christ present among us. United Methodists believe Christ is present as Spirit, not actual flesh and blood.  We celebrate open communion-regardless of church affiliation- all are welcome to celebrate communion. While children may not understand the full meaning of this sacrament, they are invited to share in it as a part of God's family. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month and on Maundy Thursday.

Baptism

Baptism is about belonging.  When we are baptized, we become members of the church family, the body of Christ. Baptism is a sacrament - an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given by God. God's love is always with us and is unmerited. It does not rest on any act of ours. The promises we make in baptism are in response to God's gracious love in Jesus Christ. Baptism marks our initiation into the Christian faith community. The one baptized (or their parents/sponsors) make promises and the faith community pledges support.  Adults are baptized through reaffirmation of faith (confirmation). "Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy church.  We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God's gift, offered to us without price."
(The United Methodist Hymnal).  We practice both infant and adult baptism. We baptize infants because "Our Lord has expressly given little children a place among the people of God, which holy privilege must not be denied the. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, how he said, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (The United Methodist Hymnal)

The sacrament of Baptism can be arranged with the pastor.  Please call the church office.

Memorial/Funerals

The congregation of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, it's pastor and staff want to minister to families on the occasion of a loved ones death. When a loved one dies we encourage you to call the church office as soon as possible.  Arrangements for the memorial or funeral service are made in consultation witwh the pastor. Services may be arranged on our sanctuary or chapel, the graveside, or a funeral home. Receptions after the service may be held in our social hall.