Plymouth Park United Methodist Church celebrates Worship with three Sunday Services. Enjoy the sacred space, renowned music and proclaimed Word through United Methodist worship that is vibrant and inspiring!
When the prophet Isaiah entered the Temple and was met by the countenance of the LORD, he fell on his face in fear, shouting, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts!”
Isaiah wished for an encounter with God, and received it. Once he had it, he wished that he hadn’t.
Worship is that moment when we set aside all our pretensions and come before God, but probably not expecting for an encounter with the Divine that Isaiah had. We come before
God seeking a sense of the Divine in our lives. But other than that broad explanation, we do not come before God seeking the Divine in the same manner. For some, God is met in the music. For some, God is met in the prayer or the liturgy. For some, God is met in the sermon (a continuing source of amazement for those of us who are called to “preach the Word of God).
For some, worship is synonymous with a church organ and the great church music of the classical age. For others, worship means guitars, drums, and music which is of their generation.
And for some, worship involves the sacraments, celebrated as often as possible.
For all these reasons, and others, Plymouth Park United Methodist Church offers three distinctly different worship experiences each Sunday morning. They are listed below in order of their size, not in order of their importance. We are committed to all three services. Even more than that, we are committed that all three services allow for, even encourage, an encounter with the Lord, the King of Hosts.
Dr. Bill La Barr
The 11:00 service is Traditional Worship held in the Sanctuary. This service includes a children’s sermon. The Choir provides special music. Communion is served the first Sunday of each Month.
11:00am Service is Sign Language Interpreted.
The 9:15 service is Contemporary Worship held in the Fellowship Hall. Begin your week with a 45-minute casual worship experience featuring our Plymouth Park Praise (P3) Band along with prayer and an inspiring and relevant message. You might even be surprised by an intriguing media clip or dramatic presentation. It's all about God's love and grace revealed in Jesus Christ! Communion is served the first Sunday of each Month.
The 8:30 service is Traditional Worship held in the Sanctuary. This service is smaller and slightly less formal than the 11:00. Soloist and ensemble groups provide special music. Communion is served each week at this service.
Click here to view photos of our 2011 Ash Wednesday Service on March 9, 2011
Click here to view photos from our Sunday, November 21, 2010 Hanging of the Greens
Click here to view photos of our 2010 Palm Sunday Service
Click here to view photos of our 2010 Maundy Thursday Service
News and Events
2013 Holy Week and Easter Services
Maundy Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. Participants of the PPUMC Student Outreach Ministry will be leading a very special worship service commemorating Jesus’ Last Supper and the washing of the disciples’ feet. Music, liturgy, and the message will all be presented by the youth of our church.
Good Friday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. The Music Ministry of PPUMC will present a Tenebrae Service, which will include a combination of scripture readings, congregational hymns, and choral anthems coinciding with the story of the passion, crucifixion, and death of Jesus. This powerful service will feature the extinguishing of a candle at the end of each reading until darkness is reached, at which time the congregation is asked to depart in silence. This service represents the temporary extinguishing of the light of Christ from this world, preparing us more fully for the brilliance of Christ’s resurrection.
Easter Sunday, March 31st at 8:30, 9:15, and 11:00 a.m. A Celebration of the Resurrection will be held on Easter morning at all three worship services. The 8:30 and 11:00 traditional services will be identical, and will feature the Chancel Choir, the Sanctuary Bells, trumpet, string quartet, and Ken Surley on organ. Our 9:15 non-traditional service will feature the outstanding praise group Plymouth Park Praise. Senior Pastor Dr. Bill La Barr will preach a sermon entitled “These words seemed to them an idle tale” at all three services. You are welcome to bring some fresh cut flowers from your garden to place on our traditional Easter Cross at the beginning of each service.
Sign Choir No experience necessary!
Join Praising Hands! The Sign Choir is meeting Saturdays from noon until 1 p.m. New to sign? No experience necessary. This is a great opportunity to discover a love of signing. Bring a sack lunch to eat as we work.