Congregational life is theology in practice. Theology is an inexact science with lots of gray mixed in with very little black and white. For God’s grace to be experienced fully it takes practice. Congregational life is asking questions of one another as a part of faith formation. It is parents and families discovering tools for sharing the faith with another generation. It is youth finding a safe place to have fun and be a little weird at the same time. It is music with voices and organs, guitars and drums professing faith. It is community hanging out together just for fun with food and conversation. Congregational life is God’s love in action. The letter of 1 John teaches, “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” The people of St. Philip experience God’s love and grace fully by practicing them every day. Practice most certainly does not make perfect, but it does equip the community of faith to love, feed, and serve to better LIVE LIKE THAT.
Adult Faith Formation
Learning more about God and the life of faith together is an important part of what it means to be the church. We are excited to share new opportunities for adults on Sunday mornings with a forum lead by Pastor David. Also check out Monday Morning Bible Study at 9:30am either in person at the church or via Zoom video conference. Scheduled for January a new Open Book club is gathering for study and faith conversation.
Family Ministry provides families of St. Philip with opportunities for fellowship, for fun, resources for teaching the faith, and for service. While Family Ministry primarily consists of families with young children, all families of St. Philip and the community are welcome. Throughout the year there are specific events geared toward children including: Advent wreath construction around the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve, the annual Easter egg hunt, and collecting change to support our friends in Malawi. Additionally, families are invited to take advantage of weekly email resources for talking about the faith at home, our children’s resource table located in the gathering area, and of course our Faith Formation gathering for youth aged preschool to 5th grade on Sunday mornings, hosted by Pastor David. Regularly check the St. Philip newsletter for dates and times.
St. Philip’s Youth are fun, faith-centered, active members of the congregation – loving God and loving neighbors! Youth Group meets on the first and third Sundays of each month during the school year from 4-5:30pm. Middle schoolers meet as a group in the middle school youth room and high schoolers as a group in the high school youth room. Dinner is served for all youth and advisors at 5:30pm. The youth also gather for summer pool parties, serving at Feeding America food bank, youth retreats, leaf raking, lock-ins and more! Come join the faithful fun!
Following the tradition of Martin Luther, music is a very important part of worship. We emphasize the Word in the sung liturgy and hymns. We remember God’s love and grace so freely given through the risen Christ. St. Philip purposefully uses a wide variety of musical genres, instruments, and musicians to worship God in both very traditional and contemporary ways.
The Altar Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing. Rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. They offer an anthem each Sunday at the 8:30 and 11:00am service. There are also solos, duets and trios during the year.
The St. Philip Praise Band leads worship every third Sunday of the month.
The practice of hospitality is one of the most enjoyable of Christian disciplines. CAFE happens on Sunday mornings from 9:45am until 10:20am. There are plenty of good things to eat, drinks to enjoy, and most importantly connections to happen and relationships to nourish. Cafe takes place in the fellowship hall.
The altar guild prepares the altar for worship and cares for the care of the sanctuary and worship space. Worship assistants include acolytes, users, communion assistants, lay readers, and greeters.