Sundays 10 a.m.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
-- Psalm 96:9
At their best, church traditions can be very meaningful. They connect us with our history and identity as Christians. Our Traditional Service is on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. year-round. Come a little early and catch the pre-service music and prelude. The songs and Bible readings reflect the seasons of the year and each yearly cycle follows along with the story of Jesus' life, death and teachings.
This service is approximately an hour in length. A printed program or "bulletin" is available to help you follow along, but the words to the music and responses to the prayers are projected on the screens. This service includes songs, prayer, several Bible readings and a message with Holy Communion. Often there are also special speakers, blessings, and presentations at this service, as well as special musical offerings.
How should you dress for worship?
You may think that because this is our "traditional" service, you should dress up and wear something formal. You are certainly welcome to wear your "Sunday best," but it is not required. Casual attire is also appropriate for this and all our worship services here at Atonement! Come as you are and come often!
The music at the Traditional service takes in a wide range from traditional hymns to contemporary worship songs. Our Celebration Choir led by Ruby Agnir blesses us with a weekly musical selection and offers an annual musical "Christmas Cantata" in December. A variety of music is offered by musicians of all ages. Our regular keyboardist, Ken Hanks, is chair of the music department at Hillsborough Community College. Other musicians frequently join in, with trumpets, drums, flutes and guitars.
Children in worship
Children are loved and valued at Atonement, and we welcome them in all worship services. Activity bags are available for smaller children with crayons, coloring pages, and games. Just ask a greeter and they will provide one or more for your family.
For those times when your child gets restless, you are welcome to use the comfort room. When you exit the worship space, just down the hall to your right you'll find the comfort room. It has a wide picture window that looks into the sanctuary, with the sound piped in so you are still part of the worship. Ask one of our greeters, and they will be happy to show you where the comfort room is.
Holy Communion is the sharing of bread and wine in the name of Jesus Christ. He promised that he would be present with us in this meal, and that his forgiveness and the Holy Spirit are available to those who share it. All who trust Jesus as their Savior and believe he is present with us in Holy Communion are welcome to receive it here at Atonement.
During the service, you will have time to prepare for communion by offering silent prayer, reflecting on God's great love for you and the gift of forgiveness of sins. You may also sing along to the music.
At the Traditional service, we use "communion wafers" for bread and offer a choice of wine or grape juice. Gluten free wafers are also available. We use the method called "intinction," meaning that when you come up and receive the wafer, you move to the person holding the cup and dip the wafer in the wine or grape juice before eating it.
If your children regularly take communion, they are welcome to take it at Atonement. You may prefer to wait until they have taken our first communion class (which we offer in the pre-Easter season every year). We generally recommend that children take the class by or before fourth grade. Feel free to talk to the pastor if you feel your child is ready to begin taking communion.