Visiting on Sunday
PARKING: There's parking right behind our building for newcomers, so just turn on Sizemore street from Old Buncombe and grab a spot.
ENTRANCE: The main entrance is on the side of the building, facing Sizemore St. (see the picture above).
KIDS: We have a large nursery for ages 0-2 and classes for 3yr olds - 5th graders. They will be dismissed to their class after we read the Gospel (see below). When you enter the building, turn left and follow the signs to the nursery. We welcome kids in the service and know that little ones bring the noise! That doesn’t bother us. We worship as families here. But we also know that a grumpy child can be a distraction for you and those around you. The nursery is always available, but there are some days when you think, “I’ve just got to get out of here!” If that happens, it’s ok. We’ll be here next week and hope you’ll come back and try again!
OUR BUILDING: Built in 1920 and bought in late 2017, this building is teaching us patience and trust in God’s provision as we slowly make it ours through renovation. We are adding some necessities and comforts as we go, but for now, we’re embracing where we gather as secondary to how we gather and who we are to each other and our neighbors when we gather.
Our Worship Service
Below is some info about worshipping at Village Church. As Anglicans, our worship is vibrantly liturgical, meaning we participate together through a worship journey in 5 movements: Entering God's Presence, Hearing God's Word, Responding to God's Word, Celebrating the Lord's Supper, Going Out into the World. This is a pattern drawn from the earliest centuries of Christian worship.
Entering God's Presence
We acclaim the Lord together with an opening hymn, procession of the cross, and blessing - reminding us that Jesus is right here with us as he promised.
We are reminded of Jesus' weighty summary of the Law (Matthew 22:37-40), commands to love the Lord and our neighbor. We ask for mercy, then glorify him with an ancient song, the Gloria.
With the Church around the world, we pray an appointed daily prayer called the Collect.
Hearing God's Word
We read from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a NT Epistle and the Gospel every Sunday, all of which come from a 3-year cycle of readings called a lectionary.
We dismiss children (age 3 - 5th grade) to their Gospel classes.
A sermon is preached on one or more of the readings, usually about 25 minutes.
Responding to God's Word
We proclaim our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed (325 AD).
We pray responsively together, called the Prayers of the People.
We confess our sins and hear God's forgiveness proclaimed over us, the absolution, along with 4 short verses of Scripture called "the Comfortable Words."
We "Pass the Peace." This is a time of greeting, but also an opportunity to be reconciled if there are conflicts, which is necessary for coming to Communion.
Parents will pick up their kids during this time and return for Communion.
Celebrating the Lord's Supper
A layperson presents the Bread & Wine, along with our monetary gifts, as the fruit of our labor and we sing the Doxology in praise.
Holy Eucharist - We retell the Gospel story through the blessing of the Bread & Wine, which is all about thanksgiving for our salvation. The latin for thanksgiving is eucharisteo. This includes two liturgical songs and lots of encouraging responses.
As Jesus instructed, we bless, break, take, eat and drink, knowing that Jesus himself gave us this sacrament, a holy act as a physical sign of a spiritual reality, by which we tangibly receive of him personally and remember our union with him as members of his Body, the Church.
Going Out In the Spirit
We thank the Lord for feeding us with spiritual food, nourishing us with both Word and Sacrament.
We receive a blessing and are then commissioned yet again to “go into our world to love and serve in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Everyone is welcome to come forward. Baptized Christians are invited to receive. Others may simply cross their arms over their chest and the priest will bless you. To receive the bread, place one hand on top of the other and hold them out to receive. (In communion, we receive a gracious gift. We don't take it. This gesture symbolizes that reality.) You can eat the bread immediately or wait and dip it in the chalice. If you receive the chalice separately, please help the chalice-bearer guide the chalice to your lips. Children are welcome to receive, but they should also be baptized. We trust the faith and conscience of parents when deciding whether their children should receive. But we do ask that you help your very little children as they dip their bread.
If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, you're welcome at Village Church. We'd love to get to know you and hear your questions. We want to listen to your story and tell you ours - why we've come to believe the life of following Jesus is the best and most beautiful one imaginable in a world that’s so glorious and so ugly at the same time.
Lastly, we hope what you notice about Village Church, above all else, is that our worship seeks to put Jesus at the center. He came to this broken world as “the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1). He came to make us truly free and full of hope. That's what we're all about.