Worship at Spirit Garage – Time & Location
Spirit Garage gathers for worship Sundays – Live and online.
10:30 AM at the Hook & Ladder Theater
What to expect when you come
Worship at Spirit Garage happens at the Hook and Ladder Theater, a music venue that we rent on Sunday mornings. When you come to worship, you’ll walk into the lobby.
In the lobby you will find:
- A greeter. They will hand you a bulletin; it will give you the general order of worship, plus some ways to connect with us. All the parts of worship will be projected on a screen in front for you to follow along.
- Coffee Bar: Peace coffee and snacks. You are welcome to bring your coffee and snacks into the worship space. You’re welcome to bring snacks to share but it is never required!
- Information about Spirit Garage – help yourself to a welcome book, fill out a contact card, take whatever swag is there.
- Prayer station -You are welcome to write down a prayer and mark if you want it to be shared in worship
- Information about our Partners in Giving, where part of our offering goes
- Resources for Mental Health Connect and Starfish Ministries. Both of these organizations can connect you to resources you might need in times of crises.
Beyond the lobby, there is a large room with a stage at the other end where the band is set up, and a tiny altar in front of the stage where the pastor and other leaders lead from. Chairs are set out in curved rows facing the stage. Feel free to sit wherever you like. Worship will be about an hour long.
We begin with a welcome song and an opening song. Participation is optional, sing, dance, clap along if you like, or feel free to just sit and listen.
After the opening music, the pastor will welcome everyone, talk about art options and other ways to participate in worship and introduce the theme for the day, usually with a poem. Then we take a moment to prepare for worship and begin our worship in the name of a God who is still creating, still sustaining, and still saving us in all kinds of ways.
The pastor will say “The peace of God be with you–share a sign of that peace with one another.” Then, everyone will greet the people around them with a word of peace or a welcome. If you’re new, people may introduce themselves to you. We often have new people, so don’t be afraid!
The children’s minister comes up next and introduces themselves, talks about what the kids will be doing and then invites them to follow her to the Mission Room, down the hall. While they leave, the band plays another song.
The message comes next, usually given by the pastor. The message is based on a biblical text, exploring ideas for how the Bible and Christian tradition are relevant in our daily lives.
Following the message, we sing a prayer song, and a member of the community prays in between the verses. We pray for the world by following the World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle, which prays for several countries each week. Then we pray a little closer to home, for people at Spirit Garage and for current events.
We believe that God is present in mysterious and wonderful ways through the sharing of communion. This involves eating bread and drinking wine or grape juice together. We also believe that communion is a gift of God, that Spirit Garage is God’s place and if anyone wants to take part in communion, they are welcome to participate. We share communion every week at our Sunday gatherings, and all are welcome. All means all. You can come forward and hold your hand out; you’ll be given a piece of bread, with the words, “The body of Christ, given for you.” Hold on to that bread, and then the next person will be holding two cups: the larger one is wine; the smaller one is grape juice. Dip your bread in one of these two cups, as you hear the words spoken to you: “The blood of Christ shed for you.”
If you for your own reasons would prefer to receive a blessing, you can come forward with your arms crossed in front of you. And if you for your own reasons would prefer to just stay in your seat, or check out some of the art projects, you’re welcome to do that too. Just know that you are welcome to fully participate in communion if you desire it.
Following communion, we send you out with a blessing for the week, so that we all might take whatever love, grace and strength we’ve received during worship out into the world and share it with all whom we meet.
Before our final song, you’ll hear about what is coming up next at Spirit Garage, and we’ll pass some oil cans-our offering plates, around. No one is obligated to give, but if you found it to be a life-giving experience, we hope you’ll make a gift to Spirit Garage. You can do that in person with cash or check, or online or through texting!
What to wear
We are pretty casual. Wear what makes you feel comfortable.