Worship

Mother and daughter with hymnal.

At the 11:00 service, all ages join in traditional hymns.

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.” Psalm 135:3 NLT

Worship is a celebration and spiritual encounter with God which provides opportunities for people to be nurtured and encouraged. Ashland has two worship services at 9am and 11am most of the year, with a single 10am worship service in the summer. Summer worship offers a mix of the music worship team, piano, and organ, soloists and small groups.

Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month. All believers are invited to partake. Those who are unable to attend worship are welcome to contact to church office and request Home Communion.

We celebrate God’s presence among us and God’s love that forgives, heals, makes new, and transforms. In worship we celebrate the new work God is doing in our lives. We are the prodigals coming home in God’s Kingdom on earth and we celebrate in joy and thanks. Worshiping as a community gives power to our expression of love. We extend the celebration of love through the mission of our daily lives in the world. Worship expresses our love for God. We celebrate with traditional, contemporary and -sometimes- experimental styles of worship!

We celebrate God’s presence among us and God’s love that forgives, heals, makes new, and transforms. In worship we celebrate the new work God is doing in our lives. We are the prodigals coming home in God’s Kingdom on earth and we celebrate in joy and thanks. Worshiping as a community gives power to our expression of love. We extend the celebration of love through the mission of our daily lives in the world. Worship expresses our love for God. We celebrate with traditional, contemporary and -sometimes- experimental styles of worship!

Children and Youth are welcome in worship. Children’s Bibles are in each pew, and activity binders are available during worship. Weekly children’s messages are delivered to children during the second service, and there is childcare available for children under six during worship and Sunday School.  Children and youth are actively involved in services as liturgists, ushers and musicians.

Music is a valued way of praising God at Ashland Church, through the praise team, chancel choir, and other talented musicians. The second Sunday of each month, guest musicians share their talents, such as The Chesapeake Wind Ensemble and Pandemic Steel Drum Band.

Highlights of this year’s worship experiences include:

  – The use of prayer stations to involve all generations in “hands on” activities

 – A stewardship service with the release of dozens of white “dreams for Ashland” balloons inside the sanctuary;

 – The use of technology to enrich worship with videos, recordings, and pictures, projected onto screens in the sanctuary.

 – An outdoor service held in the Ridge Pavilion at Oregon Ridge followed by a community picnic and games.

 – Ashland members who have traveled on mission trips to Cuba, Guatemala, and a North Dakota Indian reservation shared reflections of their experiences during worship services

 – A multi-media production of Joseph Martin’s, “Celebration of Carols,” featuring the chancel choir, members of the praise team, and with projected pictures synchronized to the music.

 

Prayer Stations in Worship

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Worship | Comments Off on Prayer Stations in Worship

Ashland has done prayer stations a few times in the last year.  It is a great opportunity to worship hands on by moving around the sanctuary or sitting quietly in a meditation space.  Crafting, writing, answering contemplitive questions, all based on scripture.  January 6 we will be celebrating Epiphany so come out and get hands on with the wise men and the follow the star! Want to know more about Prayer Stations? visit this great blog to learn more! creativeprayer.com

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Second Sunday Music

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Worship | Comments Off on Second Sunday Music

On February 8th  we welcome back Heidi Dewally, oboist to our Sunday Special Music program.  Heidi holds a Bachelor’s of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.  Heidi and her family moved to our area from Wisconsin.  Heidi played in several professional ensembles including the Green Bay Symphony and Wisconsin Wind Orchestra ensembles before moving to Maryland for her husband’s work.  She still actively performs for area churches, teaches oboe students and plays principal oboe and English horn for the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra.  She also teaches exercise classes at Brick Bodies in addition to keeping up with her          two daughters, Alizée and Colette.                                            ...

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