Worship at UCC Midland
We worship God in a beautiful, mid-century modern, sanctuary that is encircled by clear glass windows. The open feeling of the sanctuary reminds us that we are connected to all of creation and that our mission is to serve the greater world. Worship follows a traditional format that is open to creativity and the spontaneous movements of the Spirit of God. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month and is open to all.
Every September we hold an outdoor worship service. This is an annual tradition.
Music at UCC Midland
A rich music program is an integral part of our church and its worship experience. The adult vocal choir sings three Sundays per month during worship and also performs special music programs. Instrumental and vocal soloists and small ensembles share their talents with the congregation frequently. Musical opportunities are available to the youth throughout the year. Liturgical dance, hand bell choir and drama have been used effectively during the year to provide a unique Christian worship experience.
The Adult choir continues a long standing tradition of excellence in traditional church choral music started by Hal Peterson, continued by Ellen White and presently directed by James Hohmeyer. The 38 member choir sings an eclectic mix of worship music for the Sunday morning services from September through June. Throughout the year, soloists from the congregation offer their gifts to the worship service as well.
The UCC handbell choir, directed by Jim Hohmeyer, consists of 12 members ages teen to senior, who rehearse weekly following the worship service. The group plays for the worship service monthly, and has enjoyed the opportunity to participate in local workshops with handbell choirs from other churches in Midland. The handbell choir maintains an active list of substitute ringers. If you read music, you are qualified to be a sub and learn more about ringing. No experience is needed! Inquiries can be directed to Susan Mercy email@example.com.
On special occasions, a family participates in the worship service focusing on youth and the message of the service.
Information for choir members can be found here.
The Board of Fine Arts creates special adornments for church holidays or events such as Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and World Communion Sunday.
In conjunction with the pastor, board members design and create installations that may include such diverse items as banners, fabric, dioramas, tents, old shoes or tulle: anything that will augment and enhance the various themes being explored.