Celtic Worship Service – 8:30am Sundays
The Celtic Worship Service is a 40-minute service with The Lord’s Supper, music and a guided discussion about the Scripture. It is a hybrid service. Some gather in a circle of tables in the sanctuary while others join through Zoom. There is room at the ‘table’ for everyone.
Christian Celtic worship values the everyday experience and the ways we use our senses to praise God. We respond to God’s gifts of seeing and tasting, hearing and feeling, and singing by offering our whole selves to God in worship.
The Celtic tradition is a way of seeing the world. The tradition emphasizes the goodness of creation and makes us aware of the connections of nature with God’s creatures. Nature does not serve humankind, rather, all of creation joins with humanity to praise God.
Join us Sunday mornings for an early morning contemplative worship service. Start your day with Celtic music and prayer and discussion about a particular Scripture. Celebration of the Lord’s Supper takes place around the Communion Table. All are invited to come and participate in this Celtic Worship experience.
“I really enjoy during the Celtic Service how we discuss the reading and bring in our own interpretation along with others.”
The Outdoor Service begins at 9:45 and lasts only 30 minutes. Flute music, birds twittering, Holy Scripture, prayers, a time of silence, and Holy Communion are a part of this experience of God.
11am Sunday Worship
As many other Presbyterian congregations, we use a schedule of readings to guide Scripture selection for Sunday. We sing hymns, we include children as active participants, there is a sermon, and holy communion. We pray for the world, our neighbors, our friends, and ourselves.
As participants in the worship experience at The Gayton Kirk we, as the gathered community, offer ourselves and our abilities in service to God. We sing. We dance. We pray. We make music. We preach. We share a holy meal. We serve. We are the actors on the stage before God. We are bringing ourselves to God.
We believe it is very important to welcome children as participants in worship. We have a children’s time during the morning service and we include appropriate experiences during worship for the young and old.
“I like seeing and talking with many church friends. I am always renewing my faith that people are good, loving, and generous. I leave smiling.”
Jazz Vespers – 5pm Sundays
Program notes for 5PM live streaming service
Jazz Vespers is an innovative worship experience of jazz music, art, poetry, conversation, and Holy Communion. This service encourages worshipers to explore their questions about God.
Join us for a service that features quality jazz music from our Jazz Trio: Ross Riddell, Bruce Sullivan, and Joe Sarver. In addition to great music, the evening’s Scripture is read and interpreted through visual art and poetry. We worship through music and discussion and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
For those who watch the service online, there is an opportunity for after-service discussion available on Zoom.
Come for the jazz, the discussion, and the worship; stay for soup and bread and more meaningful conversation. Our soup recipes are getting famous! Check out some of our most well-loved recipes on our Pinterest board: Jazz Vespers Eats
“The Jazz Vesper is a grand slam spiritually and intellectually. Where else can one find such welcoming folds–outstanding engagement of art, poetry, religion, music, and prayer– inspiring pastoral leadership as well as holy communion? A visionary’s dream.”
Prayer in the Style of Taizé – 7pm Wednesdays
Taizé centers on singing, prayer, readings from the Bible, and periods of silence. Simple songs are sung in a repetitive manner to aid the worshiper in obtaining a meditative mood. Taizé worship does not incorporate a sermon or Holy Communion. It is candle-lit and contemplative, creating a quiet space for reflection and communion with God and one another.
This time of prayer lasts about 30 minutes.
Click here to see an example of the Taize Prayer program notes: Taize Prayer, September 2021
“It is such a quiet, peaceful, meditative experience midweek that truly refreshes the soul.”