The heartbeat of our life as Church of the Palms is worship. We gather each week because we are among people who believe that a life connected to God and a life connected to one another is the most meaningful life there is.
For those of you who are guests among us we extend to you the warm welcome to Church of the Palms and we pray that in moments of worship you will not only feel the love of this faith family but also will feel nearer to the very presence of God.
Sunday Morning Worship
Our main worship services are on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Church of the Palms provides a God-centered, spirit-filled worship. We are dedicated to being a caring church family and a community of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. All persons are welcome here...we are firmly committed to inclusiveness.
View additional details on the patterns and rhythms of our Sunday mornings.
Holy Baptism is one of two sacraments in the United Methodist Church. Baptism is a covenant between an individual and God. It is God's word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace. It is our word to God, promising our faith and love as our response.
Persons of all ages can be baptized at Church of the Palms. We baptize by sprinkling of water and marking the sign of the cross on the forehead with anointing oil, to invite the presence of the Holy Spirit. The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms from other faiths and churches and therefore does not "re-baptize".
Holy Communion is one of the two sacraments of the United Methodist Church. This sacrament is often called by other names, including the Lord's Supper, the Last Supper, and Eucharist. The United Methodist Church recognizes only Baptism and Holy Communion as sacraments because they were the only acts ordained by Christ.
In Holy Communion, we celebrate what God is doing among us and in us. We remember and proclaim God's saving work through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are reminded again of the gifts of God's grace and forgiveness given to each of us. In the United Methodist Church, Holy Communion is open to all persons, including children. You do not have to be a member to participate.
At Church of the Palms, we observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first and third Sunday of every month during worship.
Gluten, wheat, and corn free communion wafers are always available for those whom have sensitivities to allergens (such as our Pastor Pete!) Simply indicate your need for alternative bread when you come forward. Ask any usher or the pastor if you have any questions.
The Church Year
Traditionally, the church has divided up the calendar year into its own seasons. These seasons revolve around the life of Jesus. As with most liturgical elements, the church calendar is infused with meaning that adds depth to our journey of faith. We invite you to move past the regular cycle of day in and day out and week to week to engage a larger, historical and meaningful cycle.
The church year starts with the season of Advent. Advent marks the four-week season just before the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This is a season of great expectation as we await the arrival of the Christ-child. This season is denoted by the color of blue.
Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, one of the most significant days in the church calendar. So important is this day, that it is followed by 12 days of celebration up to Epiphany.
Epiphany refers to the visit of the Magi, or wise-men, to the Christ-child. These were likely astrologers who followed the stars to find Jesus. Epiphany literally means 'to show' or 'to make known,' and refers to these men revealing to the world that the Christ-child is Lord and King. The season of Epiphany lasts until Lent.
Traditionally, Lent began as a time of preparation for baptismal candidates who would be baptized on Easter Sunday. But since these baptismal candidates were part of a living community of faith, the entire community is called to preparation. So, Lent, a season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday, and culminates with Holy Week.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with a service that utilizes the Old Testament practice of placing ashes on the forehead as a sign of humility before God, as a sign of mourning at the death that is brought by sin.
Holy Week is the week immediately before Easter and it marks the passion and death of Jesus. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and the vigil held by Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday marks the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus. Holy Saturday is a day of rest and contemplation of the darkness of a world without hope apart from God's grace and redemption.
Easter is the most significant milestone in the church calendar. Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus, which is the event that "changes everything." Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, is followed by a season of hope that lasts until Pentecost.
Pentecost marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Jesus' promise of a wonderful counselor comes to fruition with the Holy Spirit, available to all believers. The season of Easter concludes with Pentecost. The time that follows is often referred to as Ordinary Time, coming from "ordinal" or the counting of the days.
Church of the Palms opens its hearts and doors to the community with an annual Thankgiving service that is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This evening service includes gathering at the Lord's Table and is followed by a time of fellowship and good conversation.
Christ The King:
The church year comes to a close with Christ The King Sunday. One of the great high festivals of the church, this Sunday celebrates the coming reign of Christ as King of all and the completed redemption of creation that marks the fullness of the Kingdom of God.