Worship Services at Queensbury United Methodist Church
What “Type” of Worship Does QUMC Employ?
Our worship services are both “traditional” and “contemporary”; as if these words have ever truly defined what happens in worship services! Our music director leads the songs either through piano or organ depending on the style of the song being sung. Our 10:30 worship service is led in music by our chancel choir who often sing an anthem and/or an offertory.
What Hymnal Does Queensbury United Methodist Church Use?
The United Methodist Church currently has three published and current hymnals. The oldest, the United Methodist Hymnal, was updated in 1989. The most recent, Worship and Song, was released in 2011. The Faith We Sing, was published just at the turn of the century. We use all three of these hymnals in worship on a regular basis. Some of our hymns are hundreds of years old and some are just several years old. Rather than determining what songs to sing either based on popularity or age, we choose songs that are relevant to the particular teaching of Jesus we are considering in worship each Sunday Morning.
How We Describe Worship
If there was one word to describe the spirit of our worship it would be… energetic. We are experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our church in these days! The energy of God and our celebration of life in Christ can be felt in our time of worship. We have a lot to celebrate; countless blessings for which to praise God! We bring that sense of gratitude into our time of worship.
We Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ
“The Kingdom of God has come near!”
We proclaim the good news, the teachings of Jesus Christ, every single Sunday from our scripture reading to the meditation offered by our pastor. Our weekly aim is to delve deeply into what it means to follow in the way of our master Jesus Christ. In other words, we challenge one another each week to look at our lives–celebrate what God has accomplished in us and then see where else we need to work in order to be more loving, more hopeful, and ever more gracious to everyone we encounter.
We greet each other toward the beginning of the service. We have found that, for some people, this is the only time in the week that they are greeted with kindness and a smile. What an opportunity to be the place where that kind, loving greeting happens!
Typically each service also has the opportunity for the congregation to write down their prayer requests, both joys and concerns, to be prayed for during the prayers of the people later in the worship service. This format of collecting joys and concerns ensures that we follow up with the requests of prayers with care and continued prayer following the service.
Jesus Welcomed the Children
During the 10:30 service, we have a message designed specifically for the children to learn more about God’s love. Following that children’s message, children are invited to attend Sunday School in our lower level education wing. We have a steady, trusted group of adults and youth leading our children’s classes! Our Director of Children’s Ministries lovingly plans units of intentional teaching with our dedicated Sunday School teachers and aides.
You Are Welcome
Most importantly, you are welcome! No matter your background, your history, your present circumstances, or your future outlook on life. You are welcome! Everyone in our community remembers a time when we needed a church and we were invited into Queensbury United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome in Christ’s church! Our church community is diverse in age, race, and background. We would love to be even more diverse–and so you are certainly welcome to join us as we praise God for all of