What is Worship?
Worship is our understanding that God is God and we are not. It is in the way we live our lives honorably, how we treat each other respectfully, and in our praise of God as the One who gave and gives us life.
We intentionally gather Sunday mornings to spend time together praising, praying, singing, talking and listening about how we come to find our lives connecting with God on the journey of our lives… our journey of becoming who we were made to be… a journey that soars far beyond the walls of a church building…
9:00 a.m. Coffeehouse Service
Are you someone who doesn’t quite know what to think about church? But somehow, you know that there is more to life than we see on the surface? Maybe you have even called yourself, “spiritual but not religious?” You have questions but don’t know where to ask them? You are not alone.
A bunch of folk who answer yes to at least one of these questions gather at 9 a.m. in Copeland Commons of TaborSpace. We are worshipers and wonderers, gathered around the bistro tables for casual, interactive worship. There is music and singing. There is time for prayer, story-telling from the Bible and other sources, including our own lives. There is no sermon, per se, but an open discussion around questions posed by trying to live in the world in the way of Jesus.
Every Sunday the community gathers for worship in our beautiful craftsman-style sanctuary. Entering the space, one is immediately drawn to look up to the vaulted ceiling and the shining organ pipes, bathed in the warm light of the Povey Brothers’ stained glass art windows.
Worship in the sanctuary is designed around word and a wide expression of music and is liturgical in nature. We invite you to come and experience the beauty and mystery of one’s faith journey.
First Sunday of the Month – Inter-generational Worship and Stories
9 a.m. Coffee & Stories – Gather to listen to a story from the life of one of the participants in our church community.
10 a.m. Family Worship Service
Worship designed for the child in all of us – Music, Stories, Bible, Surprises, Hands-on learning
Each month we bring food items for the Portland Food Project.
Snacks follow, of course!
8:00 p.m. Night Prayer
1,500 years ago, in a monastery on the hill outside the village, one would hear the monks and nuns sing their last prayer of the day, called “Compline,” or Night Prayer. Mostly they chanted the Psalms, sometimes without accompaniment, sometimes guided by the organ.
This ancient practice is being revived today in many places around our world, because, somehow, it expresses awe in the presence of the Holy One which no worship band can ever touch. The simple music speaks to the soul.
Ancient music, in the darkness of the end of the day, candles, and the silence of our hearts.
Night Prayer is the work of the singers. The singers show up to sing their prayers because that is what they do. The prayers are theirs. If others come to listen, that is good, but not required for the singers to be drawn into the presence of the Holy One.
If you would like to join the singing, come at 7 p.m. and warm up with the singers and get to know the prayers.
Music and Arts
It is the goal of the Music and Arts Team to receive, organize and facilitate the many artistic gifts of Mt. Tabor Church and our community. These gifts include music, worship, liturgical art, graphic art and drama.
Balance and continuity are central to our vision with team members representing over fifty years of our history. We encourage anyone and everyone to come and be a part of the new expressions of music and arts here at Mt. Tabor Church.