Bering United Methodist Church

What to Expect in Worship

Worship “Style”

Bering’s worship is “traditional” in the sense that the basic structure of the service reflects our Wesleyan, Anglican, and Catholic heritage.

Worship is “formal” in that it follows a consistent formula (the Protestant version of the Catholic Mass) and adheres to the Revised Common Lectionary (a three-year cycle of prescribed readings/lessons based on the church year: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Lent/Easter, and “Ordinary Time” encompassing the period between Pentecost—fifty days after Easter—up to Advent). The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is shared weekly.

Bering’s ministers are joined each week by a number of lay (non-clergy) worship leaders: lectors, acolytes, and banner bearers. All of the worship leaders, including the choir, are vested (dressed in traditional religious clothing), and the sanctuary is adorned with paraments (cloth coverings for the furnishings of the sanctuary) appropriate to the Church season. These appointments combine with the stained glass and the elegance of the sanctuary to add a visual loftiness to the worship setting.

Worship is “comfortable” in that there is a welcoming spirit, a diverse congregation, and a variety of styles of dress.

Music at Bering

Music is fundamental to the worship experience at Bering. Congregational singing is robust, accompanied by Bering’s pipe organ, masterfully played by Bob Manchester. Bob is an expert at keeping the tempo of the hymns moving, preventing the hymns from becoming sluggish and dirge-like. The fine chancel choir and bell choir—under the direction of Rob Seible—enrich the service greatly through anthems encompassing a wide range of musical styles, as well as special seasonal offerings.

How Should I Dress?

Congregational dress tends to be somewhat “come as you are.” Some members and guests will be dressed in suits and ties, while others will be wearing jeans and sneakers. Wear what makes you comfortable. How we live and love is more important that what we wear!

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