Worship is on Sunday mornings at 10:30am in-person in our sanctuary and streamed live on our Facebook page

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Our Worship Life

Our regular gatherings for worship are the center of our church community. We gather to sing songs old and new, to hear passages from the Bible read and interpreted for our day, to light candles as we share our prayers of joys and concerns, and to imagine together a better world. Sometimes churches are full of stuffy, judgy people—not us! You'll be welcomed by our community that loves and cares for each other.

Worship services follow a fairly traditional Protestant liturgical format. Communion is generally offered on the first Sunday of each month, and at other times, and is open to all regardless of age or belief. Every week we bring and dedicate cereal with a special dedication song; the cereal is then delivered to Neighbors in Need. You can see photos and videos of our worship services below.

Last Week's Worship Service

Below is our most recent worship service. Past services can be found on our Facebook page

When you click the play button below, the main part of the service begins after announcement slides scroll. 

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Holden Evening Prayer for Lent 2023

Holden Evening Prayer will be offered at 6:30pm on Ash Wednesday, 2/22, and continuing every Wednesday in Lent through 4/5, in-person only.

Holden Evening Prayer is a beloved 30-minute service that includes a sung liturgy composed by Marty Haugen, time for contemplation, and communion. Come one week or all seven. 

Lent & Holy Week 2023 Worship Series

Our theme for Lent & Holy Week 2023 comes from A Sanctified Art sanctifiedart.org
The Revised Common Lectionary, a set of readings used by many churches across a wide array of different expressions of Christianity, offers this season many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking: Nicodemus comes to him in the veil of night, he approaches a Samaritan woman at a well, he heals a man born without sight. In these stories, each person is seeking a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith. What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.

Like the people in our Lenten scriptures, we are also seeking many things. Throughout the turbulence of the past few years, many of us are asking big questions about our lives and our faith. We hope this series will help us unpack some of those big questions in ways that are honest and faithful. Throughout this season, we hope you will continually ask yourself: what am I seeking? What is God seeking? We pray that these questions will create a safe space to explore—to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God.

Seeking: Who will you listen to?
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7  |  Psalm 51:10-12  |  The Gospel According to Matthew 4:1-11
Seeking the fruit of the garden, Adam and Eve allow the snake’s manipulative voice to become louder than God’s voice. In the wilderness, Jesus defies the deception of the tempter by listening intuitively—to God, to his inner moral compass, to the teachings of his faith. And so, who will you listen to? What sources do you seek for news, information, and media? Whose voices—and what messages—take up too much space in your head? Within the onslaught of messaging we receive, we are invited to choose carefully.

Seeking: How do we begin again?
Genesis 12:1-5 |  The Gospel According to John 3:1-17
Nicodemus comes to Jesus under the veil of night to ask him big faith questions. Jesus invites him to begin again, to learn a new way of knowing and living out his faith. In Genesis, God commands Abram and Sarai to leave everything—their home, their family, their land—to seek the land of Canaan and begin again. Like Nicodemus, what are the questions we ask in the dark? Like Abram and Sarai, how do we follow God’s calling to begin again?

Seeking: Will you give me a drink?
Exodus 17:1-7  |  The Letter of Paul to the Romans 5:3b-5  |  The Gospel According to John 4:7-30,39-42
In the heat of midday, Jesus seeks out a Samaritan woman drawing water from a well. His command to her is also a question and an invitation into a new way of life: “Will you give me a drink?” This question creates a dialogue between them in which Jesus sees the woman fully; she leaves the well transformed. In the wilderness, the Israelites essentially ask: “Will you give us a drink, God? Will you take care of us, even now?” This week, we might imagine ourselves at the well or in the wilderness. Are we willing to care for our neighbors, seeking to not just quench thirst, but to find living waters that sustain us all?

Seeking: Who sinned?
The Prophet Isaiah 42:16  |  The Gospel According to John 9:1-41
When Jesus and the disciples encounter a blind man along the way, the disciples immediately ask, “Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2). They ask a really bad question, filled with assumptions and harmful theology. Unfortunately, the crowd continues to interrogate the man and dissect the miracle of his healing. This week, let us pay attention to the questions we ask. What assumptions do we carry? What is our intent? When seeking clarity or understanding, what are better questions we can ask?

Seeking: Can these bones live?
The Prophet Ezekiel 37:1-14  |  The Gospel According to John 11:1-45
In Ezekiel’s vision, God asks the prophet, “Can these bones live?” Do we believe new life can come after death? Can we find hope when things are bleak? Can we really trust in God’s resurrection? While we look to God to carry us through the valley, God looks to us to embody hope for others. As we prepare to enter Holy Week, we remember how Jesus began his final journey toward resurrection: by returning to Judea after the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. As we walk through the valley of dry bones that leads us to Calvary Hill, let us seek out the hope that will stir in us and sustain us.

Seeking: Where are you headed?
The Gospel According to Matthew 21:1-11
Imagine you are in Jerusalem when Jesus enters on a donkey. Within the chaos and commotion of that scene, where are you and which way will you go? Will you follow Jesus all the way to the cross? Jesus’ willing surrender to his arrest should always catch us off-guard. As dismayed as the disciples, we ask, “Jesus, are you really headed this way, straight to your death?” Many of our weekly questions throughout the season so far have helped us prepare spiritually for Holy Week. Now we examine if our beliefs have changed our behaviors. Has your path changed? In the midst of opposing forces, which way will you go?

7:00pm at West Parish Church in Andover
Seeking: Will you wash my feet?
The Gospel According to John 13:1-17, 31b-35
In his final night with his friends and followers, Jesus shows the fullness of his love by removing his robe, kneeling, and washing the disciples’ feet. As he makes his way around the room, Jesus comes to Simon Peter who protests, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Like Peter, we may also question if God loves us and will care for us, even at the brink of death. In these final hours of accompanying Jesus to his grave, can we seek a posture of trust? Can we allow ourselves to be embraced and loved—by our neighbor and by God?

12:00 noon in our Sanctuary
Seeking: Why have you forsaken me?
The Gospel According to Matthew 27:27-50
Of all the questions in our series, this one remains the most unanswerable. Jesus’ final lament gives voice to all those who have been forsaken— those who suffer injustice, those who are abandoned, those who are unjustly convicted. Instead of trying to answer this question with logic or theology, we are invited to live it, to sit with it. Sitting with this unsettling question unearths and unveils many more questions: What do we do in the face of unimaginable suffering? Can we sit in the silence of death and trust that God is there? Will we be in solidarity with those who suffer and grieve? 

8:00am Early Worship at West Parish Cemetery
10:30am Worship in our Sanctuary

Seeking: Who are you looking for?
The Gospel According to John 20:1-18
Jesus, mysteriously appearing to Mary as the gardener, asks her: “Why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” In the haze of grief, Mary can only see what is right before her—or in this case, what is not before her. It is only when Jesus calls her by name that the veil is lifted and she beholds the resurrected Christ. On this Easter morning, who—or what—are you looking for? Why have you come to the tomb? What kind of Jesus are you looking for? What veils need to be lifted so we can recognize God’s resurrection wherever it occurs?

Communities Together Lenten Worship Series

Join with fellow churches in the area during Lent every Wednesday at noon. During the services, an offering will be taken to support our Communities Together chaplains who serve at Holy Family Hospital. Chaplains offer spiritual guidance and pastoral care to patients, their families and employees. They support and encourage people of all faiths and are familiar with beliefs across many different cultures.

2/22 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,
90 Broadway, Methuen
Host Pastor: Rev. Eleanor Prior
Guest Homilist: Rev. Jeffrey Snyder, First Calvary Baptist Church, North Andover

3/1 at Forest Street Union Church, UCC,
15 Forest Street, Methuen
Host Pastor: Rev. Carrie Ann Burnap
Guest Homilists: Linda Zimmerman and Lisa Smith, Neighbors in Need

3/8 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church,
43 Essex Street, Andover
Host Pastor: Fr. Peter Gori
Guest Homilist: Rev. Edward Frost, Holy Family Hospital, Methuen

3/15 at Trinitarian Congregational Church UCC, 72 Elm Street, North Andover
Host Pastor: Rev. Debra Adams
Guest Homilist: Rev. Carrie Ann Burnap, Forest Street Union Church, Methuen

3/22 at Faith Lutheran Church,
360 Main Street, Andover
Host Pastor: Rev. Jeanette Leisk
Guest Homilist: Rev. Adam Isbitsky, Ballard Vale United Church

3/29 at Christ Episcopal Church,
25 Central Street, Andover
Host Pastor: Rev. Michael J. Hodges
Guest Homilist: Dr. Joseph Kelley, Prof. Religious and Theological Studies, Merrimack College