Special Worship Services Throughout the Year
ASH WEDNESDAY: 7 pm in the Chapel. This service marks the beginning of Lent and includes celebration of the Lord’s Supper and imposition of ashes.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: 7 pm on the Thursday before Easter.
GOOD FRIDAY: 7pm on the Friday before Easter.
EASTER SUNDAY: Worship is held at 8, 9:30 and 11 am in the Sanctuary. No church school classes are held on this special day. Palm Sunday services (on April 14) are held as usual at 8 & 10:30 am.
CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF ANIMALS: This annual outdoor worship service is held outdoors on a Tuesday evening in late August (weather permitting) and celebrates all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives. The informal 45-minute worship service includes praise songs and hymns in addition to hands-on prayers for the animals and the people with whom they live.
LONGEST NIGHT WORSHIP: Held in the Chapel on a Tuesday evening in late December. This service on the longest, darkest night of the year is especially for those who for whatever reason find it hard to face the holidays. A reception is held following the service.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Derry Church offers candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve at 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7:30 pm and 11 pm in the Sanctuary.
ELEMENTS OF REFORMED WORSHIP
As God’s people gather for worship, through Scripture or song, we focus our attention on God and away from ourselves.
Worshipers cannot come into the presence of our holy God without realizing our own sinfulness. When we confess, we do so for ourselves and for the church as a whole.
Scripture calls us to confession; Scripture also assures us of God’s inestimable love.
Before attempting to listen for the Word of God, we pray for the assistance of the Holy Spirit to open our ears to hear and our hearts to receive what God is saying to us through Scripture and interpretation.
The Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, comes from the pages of Scripture. Interpretation of God’s Word comes through Spirit-inspired speech, drama, music, or other forms of communication.
Part of our response to the living Word is Spirit-prompted prayer.
Our greatest rejoicing can come only around the Table of the Lord as we share in communion with Christ and with God’s people. When that is not possible, offering of ourselves and of our tangible gifts can be a beginning response to the Word.
When the liturgy of the church is concluded, our true worship begins. Everything we know about God teaches us that true worship is an intentional living of each day in prayer and mission, in our home, our work, our study, our recreation: glorifying and enjoying God forever.