We worship not only because we believe that the Triune God of the Bible is infinitely beautiful, good, and true, but also because God has shown His great love for us in the gospel. The gospel is the “word of truth, the gospel of our salvation,” through which we find forgiveness, new life, an identity, and a future (see Ephesians 1.3-14). What exactly is the gospel? It is the message that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5.8). In Christ we find that we are deeply loved, that God is at work in our lives, and that one day He is going to make all things new.
Morning Worship Service: 8:15 a.m.
Summit United Methodist Building
5316 104th st E Tacoma, WA 98446
1st & 3rd Sundays -- Community Groups
2nd & 4th Sundays -- Discipleship/outreach
5th Sunday -- Special event (missionary guest speaker, video teaching series, potluck, etc.)
For other church events, see our calendar.
What is the service like?
The worship service is structured as a kind of dialogue between God and His people. This includes songs, Scripture readings, prayers, a sermon, an offering, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and at times declaring our faith using summaries from historic Christian creeds and confessions.
Generally the flow of the service moves from being “called to worship” – i.e. summoned and invited by God to worship Him; then praising Him through singing; then “confessing our sins/receiving the assurance of pardon” – an honest moment of reflection and coming to the Lord for His grace and mercy through the announcement of the gospel; then a time of prayer, either a prayer by the pastor, or a congregational “prayers of the people”; then the giving of tithes and offerings, followed by a hymn of thanksgiving offering ourselves to God; then the reading of the Scripture text on which the sermon is based; then the sermon, followed by the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, a closing hymn, and a word of “benediction” (God’s blessing on His people, reminding us of His favor, and commissioning us to go out to love and serve others).
This general flow or shape of the liturgy goes back into the patterns found in Scripture and throughout church history for how God met with His people to renew their covenant relationship with Him. This type of structured liturgy is sometimes seen as too stuffy or traditional, and there is certainly a danger of empty ritual, but we believe the liturgy provides a basic shape to the service, which re-tells the story of the gospel. It is a way of liberating us or safeguarding us from trying to constantly reinvent the wheel, and it has a way of shaping our souls and creating habits of love and trust in our relationship with God and with one another. If you’re not used to a liturgical service, give it some time, and please don’t hesitate to ask questions!
To hear audio of our sermons, click here.
Will I Be Asked to Do or Say Anything During the Service?
No. An invitation to partake of the Lord’s Supper is given to all baptized Christians who profess faith in Jesus Christ. If you do not believe, or are not sure, we ask you not participate in this part of the service. We would not ask you to do anything that would compromise your conscience or authenticity. You won’t be called on, or asked to stand as a visitor, and certainly we would not want you to feel under any pressure to give during the offering. The offering is a way for members and regulars to support the church’s mission and ministry. Our goal if you are visiting with us is to serve you, to provide a place where you can hopefully encounter God’s presence.
How Long Does the Service Last?
The morning service is about 80-90 minutes. The evening service is about one hour.
How Should I Dress?
There is no dress code. People dress in everything from jeans to suits.
We love having children present in worship! We encourage parents to help their children learn to engage in the various parts of the liturgy. Even very young children can be taught to join in the gestures and postures of worship, e.g. kneeling, raising their hands, or saying the corporate “amen” with God’s people.
We realize each child and family is different and we want to meet your unique needs. We offer nursery care during the service for infants and young children. We are happy to accommodate needs for older children, too, especially if you are visiting or single parenting. Please let us know how we can best support you and your family.
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Lee for more information about childcare, or to volunteer as a care provider. You can get in touch with Diana at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about our Sunday School program for children, you can contact Linda Galle at email@example.com.