Sunday morning worship


We're Live Sundays @ 11

If you can't join us in person, you can join us at 11:00 on the Internet or radio. Watch on Livestream or use the Livestream phone or Roku app (search for “Idlewild”). Listen on WREC-AM 600 radio or www.wrecradio.com (click “Listen Live”), or use the iHeartRadio app. Bulletins are on the Newsletters & Bulletins page.


Worship at Idlewild

We gather on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:00 to worship God. Worship at Idlewild brings its members into the presence of the sacred through prayer, song, the reading of scripture and its faithful and imaginative interpretation.

Our worship focuses on the challenges of contemporary life as we seek to know and follow God. Shaped by worship, we seek to share God’s grace through education, fellowship, music, and inclusive outreach ministries to those in physical and spiritual need. Beneath our similarities Idlewild members express and respect a diversity of approaches to belief. Most are seekers, confident in our beliefs but open to new revelations and deeper levels of spirituality.

The sermons honor the best of Biblical scholarship along with the compassion of Jesus and in prayer and sacrament we find the Risen Christ present.

Music at Idlewild borrows the best from our tradition—an organ concert in Paris, a carillon in London, a choir in Stuttgart, a worship service in Rome—while remaining modern and lively. By following along in the worship bulletin, the first time worshipper can easily navigate the service. On a second visit, you’ll know exactly what to do.


The Service

The beauty and grandeur of Idlewild's Sanctuary creates a worshipful atmosphere. The prelude music, which begins about 10 minutes before the service, helps worshippers prayerfully prepare for worship. Greeters will give you a bulletin and answer questions. (Large print bulletins are available from greeters, and hearing assistance devices are available in the office.) Some parts of worship are participatory. Follow along with the worship bulletin, which indicates whenever worshipers are to stand. 

To help you feel more at ease, below are notes about certain times when the congregation take parts in the service.

Welcome and Concerns of the Church

We welcome visitors and make announcements about congregational concerns. A friendship roster is passed to note those attending, both visitors and members. You do not have to sign the roster, but if you do, we like to extend our welcome to first time visitors with a brief phone call during the following week, and to answer any questions you might have.

Time with Younger Church

During the last stanza of the Proclamation Hymn, the children (typically ages 3-10) are invited to come to the front of the church. If your children are hesitant to come forward, feel free to come with them. The biblical story for the day is told to the children in language they are able to understand, and a connection is made between the story and their lives. 

The minister will end with a prayer and invite the children to help lead the entire congregation in the Lord’s Prayer. The words to the Lord’s Prayer are:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen.

After the Time with the Younger Church, children ages 3-5 can go with volunteers to Children's Church Continued (C3), a time of education and play. Click here to read about C3. All older children return to their seats. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship services.

Sacrament of Baptism

Often there is a baptism, sometimes an infant and sometimes an adult. Presbyterians believe that God loves us and our children, and that parents and the faith community are to educate and support the child in such a way that she or he will always be aware of God’s love and acceptance. Baptism is a way of saying, "You belong!"

Passing the Peace

The congregation shares with one another words of peace, saying together:

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.

There is time here also for the congregation to greet those around you with appropriate words and gestures.

Presentation of Gifts, Tithes and Offerings

The presentation of offerings in the Presbyterian tradition is seen as an act of grateful response to God. Visitors should not feel obligated to contribute.

Doxology

This song is an offering of praise sung by the whole congregation.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

The Things We Believe

This is an opportunity to say together a portion of what we believe. The text, printed in the bulletin, is typically taken from one of the creeds or widely accepted statements of faith of the church.


Sunday Church School Classes

Church school classes for children, youth and adults are held from 9:40 to 10:40 each Sunday morning. Nursery care is available. 


Fellowship Time

After the 11:00 service you are invited to join us for coffee and refreshments in the T.K. Young Room. On the first Sunday of the month there is a lunch for everyone.


Want to know more?

To find out more please contact Pastor Steve Montgomery at 901-726-4681 ext. 21 or revsteve@idlewildchurch.org, or Anne Apple, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Evangelism, at anneapple@idlewildchurch.org.


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Welcome

A Greeting From Our Pastor

Get Involved

Education, Outreach, Fellowship

Worship Service

Assemble In God's Name

Presbyterian Beliefs

What We Believe To Be True