Windsor Presbyterian Church
Windsor Heights, Iowa
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Worship





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Worship is at the heart of who we are!  We invite you to join us for a mostly traditional Presbyterian worship service, with scriptures, prayers and hymns.  You will feel God’s presence when the sun streams through the amazingly beautiful stained glass windows surrounding our sanctuary. We have seating for approximately 200, with additional balcony seating.  We also have seating available for wheelchairs.   

 

Our worship service begins at 10:30 A.M. throughout the year, unless a special service is planned.  The service is lead by a volunteer Lector and the Pastor.  Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available after the Time with Children which is held early in the service.

 

Our worship begins with a “Call to Worship,” followed by a hymn. We then pray together a “Prayer of Confession” and hear words of assurance of God’s love and forgiveness.  We have a wonderful tradition of “Passing the Peace” which brings members out of their pews to greet one another.  If you are new or visiting be prepared to be greeted by almost everyone present in church that day.  It is just one way that we express our desire for God’s peace upon each person we greet, expressing our obedience to Jesus’ words.

 

The passing of the peace concludes with a Time for Children, where the young children come forward for a children’s message and prayer.  They are usually dismissed by singing “Jesus Loves Me” to either stay with their parents, attend children’s church (preschool through elementary) or go to the nursery. We continue the service with a time for sharing the congregational life with announcements and joys and concerns.  Individuals are encouraged to offer names of family or friends to be remembered in prayer or to share special life events.  This is followed by the “Prayers of the People.”

 

Our worship together continues with the Old and New Testament readings.  The Psalm is usually prayed together responsively or in unison. It is occasionally sung, following the longstanding tradition of singing the Psalms.

 

The Pastor delivers the sermon, from the front of the pews, not the pulpit.  It makes for a very close connection with the congregation and we believe more personal.   This is followed by prayer and reciting the “Lord’s Prayer” together and then another hymn.  Next is sharing our tithes and offerings and a final hymn.  The pastor delivers the “Charge and Benediction” and we dismiss by singing a short verse or chant.

 

Most of our music is led by the beautiful tunings of the organ, though we sometimes sing with the piano, keyboard or guitar. Our Chancel Choir sings every Sunday and our bell choir plays occasionally throughout the year. Sometimes we set aside a time in worship to do hymn sings where individuals can call out their favorites and the congregation sings some old and new favorites together.

 

We share in communion approximately 12 times per year, at times appropriate for what we are doing in worship and according to the liturgical calendar.  We hold special services throughout the year such as Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  Some of these services are ecumenical in cooperation with Windsor United Methodist Church, Windsor Lutheran Church and others.  We have a beautiful park across University Avenue that we call “Nation’s Green” where we hold a few outdoor services during the summer months.  It has been the sight of many youth and summer vacation bible school activities throughout the years.  This is also the site of our overflow parking lot.

 

We are blessed with a wonderful organist who plays for us each Sunday.  Our choir is small but mighty.  They are led by a part-time Director of Music Ministries.  We also have a three octave set of bells and play occasionally when we can find enough volunteer ringers. We are always looking for individuals to share their musical talents by either singing in the choir, playing bells or providing special vocal or instrumental music during the service.

 

We have a place for you in our family of faith!  Join us and experience the love, hope, peace and joy that come from the convergence of people of varied backgrounds and talents, united as we reach up to God by reaching out to others.  We are the small church with a big heart!  God is at work here at Windsor!