Worship at St. Barnabas is intended to gather people of all ages and preferences to worship God. We use a liturgical style that includes aspects of worship that go back to the earliest church: gathering, a focus on God’s Word, celebrating Holy Communion, and sending the congregation out in peace and to serve. The worship service is also intended to remind us of the whole people of God, so hymns, prayers and other parts of worship reflect the world as well as local concerns.
As the “worship notes” forms used in our confirmation program suggest, the hope is that everyone will find something in the service that will be particularly meaningful to their life. As one of our young people once wrote, at one particular service it was the final blessing that meant the most to him—because he really wanted, and needed, to feel blessed that day!
The liturgy, music, banners, colors and sometimes the physical arrangement of the Sanctuary vary by the season of the church year. We use the three year Bible lectionary (readings) to lift up the main Bible themes. There is a children’s message at every worship service, and all children are invited to gather around the altar for the service’s message. All who commune in their home congregation are invited to commune at St. Barnabas as we celebrate this sacrament and the presence of Jesus to renew and forgive.
At present, St. Barnabas has adult and children’s choirs, a junior praise band, and a bell choir. Occasionally, there is other special music such as a duet or classical instrumental music.
Worship Bulletins from our recent services are readily available to view online, or for downloading and printing.