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We invite you to join the Metropolitan community in worship as we seek to bring together the gifts of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason to empower and enrich our lives and our journeys. Our worship services are a key element in the expression of our vision and mission as a community of faith. We are all on individual journeys, seeking to understand the meaning and purpose of our lives. In the faith community, we meet to share those journeys with each other so that we can learn from our differing experiences. Throughout the year, we offer 3 weekly worship services in 2 locations with 3 different worship and musical styles. We welcome you to find the worship experience that is the right fit for you!

WORSHIP

 

SUMMER WORSHIP - 10AM at the Metropolitan Memorial Campus

This summer we are merging all three of our weekly worship services – Metropolitan Memorial’s two weekly services and Wesley’s Rockin’ Gospel service – into one combined worship service at 10:00 am at the Metropolitan Memorial campus, beginning on Sunday, June 25. The format of this combined service will blend elements of all three worship services, honoring the rich traditions of both campuses, and all three styles of worship and music. Following the tradition of our Wesley campus, this will include weekly celebration of communion, in keeping with John Wesley’s philosophy that “it is the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord's Supper as often as he can.”

Our combined Sunday worship service will be followed by a weekly fellowship opportunity modeled on our Wesley campus’s tradition of “More than Coffee” Hour. Held in the Great Hall, this will give us all the chance to get to know one another better, and for those who regularly worship at the Metropolitan Memorial campus an opportunity to put radical hospitality into action.

Click here to watch a video about our July Sermon Series: Sacred Earth, Social Justice! 

 

9am WORSHIP (Will resume on Sunday, September 3, 2017) 

Our 9am service is a relaxed, come-as-you-are worship time. Each week, you may expect music, a time of greeting, scripture readings, prayers, and a sermon. On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate Holy Communion together. In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to everyone. The 9am service is led by the Dayspring choir, which sings a variety of music from around the world, accompanied by piano, guitar, and occasional guest instrumentalists. Everyone is welcome to join the choir! Following the scripture reading, the children are invited to come up front to hear a story that reinforces the scripture or sermon theme. During the regular sermon time, children (ages 4 through 5th grade) may participate in age-appropriate children’s choirs, go to the nursery (if under 5) or stay in the service with their parents. There is a baby-friendly alcove in the sanctuary with soft infant toys and rocking chairs for families with babies. Following worship all are invited to a coffee hour in the vestry.

 

11am WORSHIP ((Will resume on Sunday, September 3, 2017)

Our 11am service is a traditional, formal worship time, featuring the ancient liturgy, prayers and creeds of the Church. On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate Holy Communion together, using the traditional liturgy and sung responses. In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to everyone. Each week, the service opens with the Chancel choir processional. The Chancel choir offers classical and gospel music, generally accompanied by the pipe organ. Everyone is welcome to join the choir! Following the scripture reading, the children are invited to come up front to hear a story that reinforces the scripture or sermon theme. During the regular sermon time, children (ages 4 through 5th grade) may participate in an enrichment time, go to the nursery (if under 5) or stay in the service with their parents. There is a baby-friendly alcove in the sanctuary with soft infant toys and rocking chairs for families with babies.

 

11am WORSHIP at Wesley campus (Will resume on Sunday, August 20, 2017)

Our 11am worship service at our Wesley campus (5312 Connecticut Ave., NW) is a truly diverse and welcoming service with a rocking Gospel choir.