727 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
About our Worship Services
Please join us for worship any Sunday!
We worship as a gathered community of faith on Sunday mornings. Our Order of Worship follows the Reformed tradition, where Word and Sacrament are central. You can view a Sample Order of Worship (pdf format). The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is used for all Scripture references. Sermons are bible-based, usually following the New Revised Common Lectionary. The Presbyterian Hymnal is used. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is offered monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month during Church Family and Traditional Worship and on the third Sunday of the month during Early Worship. All Christians are welcome at the Lord's table, without regard to church membership. To ensure this sacrament is available to all members, the deacons offer Home Communion.
The Sacrament of Baptism is observed as needed/requested, typically on the third Sunday of the month.
Greeters welcome worshipers and signs are posted at main entrances to help newcomers find their way to worship, classes, etc. Our congregation is inclusive in ethnicity and lifestyle. We welcome all.
Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available at Traditional Worship. Please ask an usher if you wish them. They will be provided if needed at Early or Church Family Worship; simply make the church office aware of the need.
8:30 to 9:15am in the Sanctuary
Early worshipers gather in the small transept of the Sanctuary -- am intimate space tucked between stained glass windows and piano. In place of a sermon there is a time for sharing thoughts and reflections on the chosen lectionary scripture passage. Worship leadership is provided by either Eric Springsted, Lisa Day, or John Weicher. Volunteers provide piano accompaniment to the singing of hymns. Musical responses are typically chosen from Taize worship materials.
Church Family Worship
8:45 to 9:30am in Loeffler Chapel
45 minutes of thoughtful, engaging worship for family members of all ages. Pastoral leadership varies from week to week. Hymn choices are typically from the new Presbyterian hymnal, "Glory to God." Volunteers provide offertory music. Participants are often invited to usher, to read, to collect the offering, and the like. There are roles for children of all ages. Child care for infants and toddlers is available in the nursery. And every Sunday is Nametag Sunday!
11:00am in the Sanctuary
The Chancel Choir provides music leadership in a variety of choral styles; texts are carefully chosen to fit the liturgy. Dr. Eric Springsted typically serves as worship leader and preacher, assisted either by Rev. John Weicher or Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight. Elders serve as liturgists. Psalms are generally sung -- either led by cantors, by the entire congregation (yes, there are many psalm texts in our hymnal!), or by the choir. The Bell Choir and Children's Choirs periodically provide anthems. Sign language interpretation is provided when arranged by interested families.
Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided in the nursery throughout the service. Child care for children age 4 through 5th grade is provided following "A Time With Children."
Advent and Christmas:
7:00pm in Loeffler Chapel on the 4th Monday of Advent. A candlelight service of prayer and lamentation for those who find Advent and the Christmas holidays a time filled more with darkness than joy.
- Children's pageant of the nativity and carols at 4:00pm.
- Youth-led service of candlelight, lessons and carols at 8:00pm.
- Traditional candlelight service at 11:00pm preceded by special music.
To learn more about special Advent worship services, please visit our Advent Worship page.
- Holy Week communion services: 9:30am Monday through Thursday of Holy Week in Loeffler Chapel.
- Maundy Thursday service: communion service begins at 7:30pm in the sanctuary. A church supper -- so appropriate on the evening of the Last Supper -- is held in Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30pm.
- Good Friday Tenebrae service: 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. There is also a community Good Friday service held at Noon. Location varies among several local churches
- Easter Sunday services: 7:00 am in the garden and 9:00 and 11:00am in the sanctuary.
To learn more about special Lenten opportunities, please visit our Lent Worship page.
Sunday Worship Schedule
8:30am Early Worship
in the Sanctuary
8:45am Church Family Worship
in Loeffler Chapel
11:00am Traditional Worship
in the Sanctuary