What to Expect

At Emmanuel, you’ll find people who delight in worshiping God and encouraging one another.  We make up a wide range of ages including infants to the elderly.  We all enjoy time together over refreshments after morning worship.  We’d love to have you join us!

What will the worship service be like?

To get a sense of the order of our typical service, look at a sample bulletin for Sunday Morning Worship or bulletin for Sunday Evening Worship.

How long are the worship services?

Morning worship at Emmanuel runs between 75 and 90 minutes.  The evening service is typically 60 – 70 minutes. 

What will the music be like?

Photo of the people of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church singing together

People of Emmanuel singing together

Our congregational singing during worship is usually accompanied by piano or organ along with trumpet and trombone.  Emmanuel’s Music Director sometimes supplements the regular musicians with other instruments ranging from clarinet and flute to guitar, harp, and other string instruments.  We also have a choir that sings, on average, twice-a-month during the morning service.

We use the Trinity Hymnal and the Trinity Psalter as our primary sources for song in worship and sometimes we supplement these with other carefully selected songs and hymns.

Our goal is to worship God both reverently and joyfully.  Psalm 100:1-2 says, “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!  Serve the LORD with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!”  Hebrews 12:28 calls us to “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”  Since we are coming before the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and the holy God of all, we come with respect for who he is and what he desires.  At the same time, God has given us great reason to come with gladness and joyful song because of his amazing love and grace to us in Jesus Christ.

What are the sermons like?

We view our worship as a time of communion, a coming together as God’s people to meet with God himself.  We speak to him in prayer and praise, while he speaks to us through his Word, the Bible.  We listen carefully and eagerly as portions of the Bible are read and then explained through the sermon.  As the Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it, the chief purpose of human existence is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” The sermon helps us to understand what we need to know and to do to glorify and to enjoy God.

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What should I wear?

Some at Emmanuel dress up for worship while others come in casual attire.  Please dress respectfully, but wear what you are comfortable wearing.

God looks on the heart, not on the outside.  It is our attitude toward God that counts: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24 ESV).

Where do I park?

Access to the church parking lot is from Webster Drive behind the church building.  If necessary, you may also park on Webster Drive.

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Where do my children go during the worship service?

A nursery is available for infants and younger children through age 3.