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Worship at Cary Presbyterian Church
Visitors are warmly welcomed to join us in worship on Sunday mornings, and for fellowship and Sunday School between the services. We worship as a community to celebrate God's presence among us and to be equipped by God's word. CPC services use inclusive-language liturgies. We hope your worship experience here is spiritually enriching and that you are encouraged by the promises of God's love and grace.
Archives of worship bulletins and newsletter are available here.
Podcasts of Sermons and other events are available here.
Schedule of Worship Services
Worship services: Sundays, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Before the service- we speak to God. During the service-God speaks to us.
After the service-we speak to each other.
NOTE: on All Together Sundays (usually the last Sunday of the month) there will be just one service at 11:00 a.m.
The sanctuary is a sacred place of worship and connection with God. As you
enter it, please prepare for the service through quiet prayer and meditation.
Worship starts with a unison reading of the devotion on the cover of the
bulletin followed by the Church Community Welcome and Announcements and the
organ Prelude. Allow yourself to be open to the voice of God by being silent.
Following the service, greet one another with joy and affection!
Church School for all ages and adults: 9:45 a.m.
At Cary Presbyterian Church, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders serve as acolytes, or "bearers of the light." New acolyte training occurs each fall, but can also be provided one-on-one when needed.
Acolyte duties include:
- leading the processional into worship and lighting candles
- helping with baptisms, pouring water if older sibling is not assisting
- assisting with childrens' sermons, or other activities as needed
- extinguishing candles at the conclusion of worship and leading the recessional.
See the Acolyte Schedule for the list of upcoming assignments. If you are unable to make your scheduled time(s), please contact another acolyte to swap. Be sure that you or your parents contact the church office so that the Sunday bulletin can be updated with the correct names.
For more information, contact the Acolyte Coordinator, Lloyd Hinnant.
This team oversees the placement of objects on the chancel for all services. They see that the proper paraments are in place for Sunday services, weddings and funerals; make sure the candlesticks are polished and fresh candles are in place; order all candles; make sure flowers are placed on the chancel on Sundays; clean up after communion; and launder the tablecloth. In the Advent season they arrange for the poinsettias and care for them until they are distributed. In the Lenten season arrangements are made for the lilies and palm fronds for Palm Sunday.
The Chancel Guild coordinator is Ginnie Dansey.
Built around the lectionary readings for the morning, children have a participatory experience during the Sunday morning worship services. Younger children through age five then leave for nursery care.
For further information, contact the Associate Pastor.
The Sacrament of the Lordís Supper (Communion) is celebrated at all services on the first Sunday of each month, and on special days such as Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday and Easter. All who are baptized and trust in the Lord are invited to receive communion at CPC, including children who are old enough to appreciate the meaning of the sacrament.
The Home Communion program provides communion to church members who are unable to attend worship due to aging or illness and wish to receive home communion. Home communion is served on each Sunday when communion is served in worship. A pastor and Elder visit and serve communion to members of the congregation.
For further information, contact the Home Communion team lead.
If you would like to provide flowers for a Sunday worship service, please sign up inside the flower notebook which is located in the narthex. Floral arrangements should be delivered to the sanctuary by Saturday. Flower Cupboard and Colonial Florist both have access to CPC for delivery; or you may bring the arrangement in yourself.
If your flowers are in honor or memory of someone, or commemorate a special occasion, please provide your dedication to the office by Tuesday.
For questions, contact the Chancel Guild coordinator, Ginnie Dansey.
Lectionary readings provide a disciplined way to read through the Bible. These readings are available for both lectionary cycles: the Sunday and festival reading, and the daily readings. Today's scripture, previous readings, and future readings are available online at the PCUSA Web site.
In addition to our regularly-scheduled Sunday morning services, CPC offers special services and programs to celebrate highlights of the liturgical year.
Liturgy literally means the work of the people. In practice, our worship liturgy is our order of worship. The work of the people lies in spoken prayers, hymns of praise, statements of faith and confession, and our attentive listening to the exposition of God's Word in the sermon.
A liturgy team, consisting of clergy and three to four church members, plans the Sunday morning worship service. Teams meet on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. and plan the services for one month. The teams discuss the scripture passages, sermon ideas, and possible hymns. If they wish, members may also service as lay readers.
Adults and youth are welcome to participate in liturgy teams. Serving on a liturgy team is wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth, fellowship, and to deepen the significance of your worship experience. Intrigued? Have questions? Interested in being a team leader or member? Contact the Music and Worship officer liaison.
The ushers make worshippers feel welcome and assist them with any needs they might have before, during or after the services. Ushers assist deacons in preparing the sanctuary for worship; set up chairs, if needed; help receive the offering; and straighten the sanctuary after each service. An usher usually serves only once a month unless he or she desires to serve more often. Adults and middle school students may volunteer to be an usher. See the Ushering & Counting Schedule.
For questions, contact the Ushering team lead.