Church life is centered in Sunday worship. We come together to be with God and with one another - experience the Good News of grace and love, healing and hope in Jesus Christ. Then as we leave this time set apart, we are encouraged to live out the Good News at all the times in our lives. Our style of worship on Sunday morning is traditional, with a focus on contemplation at 9 am and with full choir at 10:30 am. Whatever the form of worship is, we seek to encounter the Living God and to hear God's voice anew.

For those who need to leave the sanctuary during Sunday morning worship, we broadcast services into a comfortable room adjacent to the sanctuary. We also have devices for those who are hard of hearing. The Lord's Supper is shared on the first Sunday of the month in both morning services.

Each Sunday:

9:00 am ~ Contemplative Worship - in the Sanctuary, with prayer, preaching and meditation. This service lasts about 40 minutes.  Music consists of an anthem sung by a soloist and some other music (no hymns).

10:30 am ~ Choral Worship - in the Sanctuary, with choir, organ, hymns, prayer and preaching. This service lasts about one hour. Sunday school for children and youth is provided at the same hour. 

 

At Piedmont Community Church holidays are celebrated according the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. There are often retreats that coincide with these special times for reflection and additional worship services to mark the passing of the days. A special highlight of these seasons are "Choir Sundays" when orchestral players in conjunction with the Chancel Choir present specially planned, unique programs of sacred music in place of the sermon during the 10 am worship service.

To celebrate with the wider community of Piedmont, PCC hosts an evening of Christmas Caroling after the lighting of the Piedmont Tree to which everyone is invited. An event treasured by all who witness it year after year is the children's Christmas Pageant, followed by the Advent Dinner. The Salvation Army Band plays while the children sing, act out the traditional roles, and usher at the event. Special community service projects such as the packing and delivery of holiday food boxes for those in need are carried out enthusiastically by members of all generations. The Altar Guild decorates the church with greenery and poinsettias are purchased from donations given in memorial or honor of loved ones. Christmas Eve Services feature a family oriented service at 5 pm and candlelight services at 9 and 11 pm.

Just as winter finally settles in, preparations for Lent begin with an Ash Wednesday church dinner and worship service where ashes are distributed. As Holy Week draws near, members donate Easter lilies that will be used to decorate the sanctuary for Easter and then delivered to elderly or home bound members who were unable to attend Easter Services. Palm Sunday features a procession of the Church School children carrying palms.

A focus for a lot of energy at this time of year is the high school mission trip to Mexico. Fundraising, planning, and more planning require the support of the whole congregation, and all look forward to Youth Sunday when the youth lead Sunday worship and share stories from their recent experience helping to build houses in Mexico.

Holy Week traditions include a Maundy Thursday church dinner and worship service, followed by a Good Friday service the next day. The sanctuary remains open all day during holy week for quiet prayer. On Easter morning, celebrations begin with a joyful sunrise service in the courtyard surrounded by plants in spring bloom, and end with 2 festival services in the sanctuary complete with magnificent brass instrumental and choral music. Family members of all ages are welcome to attend any or all of the above, and childcare is often available.