SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 11:30 AM 621 Tacoma Avenue Chapel of First United Methodist Church of Tacoma
What to Expect Our community loves to gather on Sundays to encounter God's love and to share it with others. It's our desire that you feel comfortable and welcome so you can experience the love of Jesus, whether you are actively looking for a family to join or just visiting.
As an Christian Church, we have a pattern we follow each week for our worship called a liturgy. It makes for a rich experience, and we make it easy to get the hang of (most of us haven't been doing this for that long.) On Sunday mornings, there are really three “movements,” if you will, to our worship celebration: Praise, Word, and Sacrament.
PRAISE Sunday celebration is a blend of ancient and modern music. After an opening hymn and prayer, we spend some time singing songs. You might see some people raising their hands or clapping as they are worshiping, and you might also see people bowing, kneeling, and making the sign of the cross. These are all ways people involve their body in worship as they express love to God.
WORD Worship continues as we turn our attention to hearing the words of the Bible. Every Sunday we hear passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Gospel (which means “good news”), paying particular attention to the words of Jesus in the gospel reading. Our clergy or a laypastor will lead us as we look at the Bible together, allowing God to speak to our minds and hearts in ways which are always relevant.
SACRAMENT Every Sunday, the summit of our worship together is Holy Eucharist, or Communion. The word “Eucharist” is a greek word which means “thanksgiving.” At the Eucharist we celebrate, or give thanks for, God’s ultimate gift of love in the sending of Jesus to free us from slavery to sin and death. God, in Jesus Christ, reconciled us to himself through his cross and resurrection.
In Communion - a Holy Mystery - we respond as we remember His reconciling work and the call of Jesus to love, follow, and unite ourselves to him by receiving him in the form of bread and wine. In this simple yet profound act, Jesus comes to us and strengthens all baptized Christians to live a life full of grace and truth.
When You Arrive PARKING Parking for visitors is located in the back of church and you enter the chapel through the glass doors. church. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp to enter the worship space.
GREETERS We have a team of greeters to welcome and help you. They'll help you find the restrooms or (more importantly,) the coffee, answer any questions you might have.
We look forward to meeting you and celebrating together!