Sterling UMC offers four different styles of Sunday worship services, each with a different approach to let everyone who attends worship God and be touched by Him in the way that’s most meaningful for them. Generally, Pastor Steve Vineyard preaches the sermon for the Wesley, Traditional and Contemporary worship services but we also enjoy other speakers from time to time. Childcare is available at all four services.
Wesley Service with Communion – 8:15 AM
The Wesley Service is designed to allow time for weekly communion, reaching deep into our Methodist roots to recapture John Wesley’s understanding of the importance of the sacrament of communion. In This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion by Gayle Carlton Felton, the author states, “John Wesley described the Lord’s Supper as ‘the grand channel whereby the grace of his Spirit was conveyed to the souls of all the children of God….They (John and Charles Wesley) knew that Holy Communion is a powerful means through which divine grace is given to God’s people.”
Our Wesley service has an order of worship distinct from our other services, providing an opportunity for focused contemplation in the presence of God. We encourage you to experience this unique worship experience.
Traditional Service – 9:30 AM
Our 9:30 AM service has a traditional order of worship, with weekly participation by the church’s choirs and hymn singing from the United Methodist Hymnal and its supplement, “The Faith We Sing.” This service includes a weekly children’s moment with Pastor Steve as well as time for fellowship and prayer. This service runs in parallel with our Sunday school programs for children, youth, and adults.
Contemporary Worship – 11:00 AM
At our Contemporary Service you will find SUMC’s Contemporary Worship Team using guitars, keyboards, drums and other instruments to lead the congregation in singing contemporary Christian worship songs in praise and worship of God. If you’re looking for a high-energy, active worship service, this is the one for you! On the first Sunday of every month, the Contemporary and Spanish-language worship services combine for a bilingual worship service.