Worship is the heart of how Elmhurst Presbyterian Church (EPC) celebrates Christ’s love, explores biblical teachings and renews our spirits for the week ahead.
Our worship services are lively, filled with music, opportunities to interact and biblically-informed messages.
Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary
Special services during Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas
Nursery: Available from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Room 101 for newborn to 3 years
Young Disciples – Worship service features a special message for children before they are dismissed for Bible Zone.
Bible Zone: Special activities during the sermon and after for children ages 3 thru 3rd grade.
Passing of the Peace: It’s a tradition at EPC to get out of the pews and connect with as many people as possible during the passing of the peace. Visitors are often surprised by our liveliness.
Music: EPC’s style of Worship allows for and requires a wide variety of musical genres including hymns, praise, gospel, folk and contemporary worship songs and classical music. Music is carefully planned to contribute to the worship service in an intentional, integrated and meaningful manner.
We welcome musicians from the congregation and community to share their gifts during the service.
Advent 2017 - “Seeing The Sacred”
“The Word became flesh and made a home among us.” (John 1:14)
The Advent/Christmas season is a time when the juxtaposition of the sacred and the secular sometimes feel blatantly opposed and, at other times, quite blurred. The word “sacred” points to something dedicated as “holy” and “set apart.”
We all know that the busy-ness of the holiday season can overrun the sense of the sacred. So this year, we will begin our Advent journey toward Christmas
by emphasizing the gift of the “now”... the gift of sacred time given to God, to family and friends and to those in need of help.
We invite you to join us on this spiritual journey, to see all things pregnant with the possibility of the holy. What would your Christmas season experience be like if you lived it looking through the kaleidoscope of the sacred?
First Sunday of Advent (November 26-10:30 a.m.): “Sacred Time”
“... you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep.” Romans 13: 11-14
“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, ‘Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!’” Matthew 3: 1-12
Second Sunday of Advent (December 3 - 10:30 a.m.): “Sacred People”
“Many nations will go and say, ‘Come, let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in God’s paths.’” Isaiah 2:
“Mary said, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.’” Luke 1: 26-38
“When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife.” Matthew 1:18-25
Third Sunday of Advent (December 10-10:30 a.m.): “Sacred Space”
“The Lord’s ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads. Happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and groaning will flee away.” Isaiah 35: 1
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’ s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1: 39-56
Fourth Sunday of Advent – Paper Bag Christmas Pageant (December 17-10:30 a.m.): “Sacred Knowing”
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of a messenger who proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God rules!’” Isaiah 52: 7-10
“The angel said, ‘Don’ t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.’” Luke 2: 1-15
Christmas Eve (December 24) 4:00 p.m.: “Sacred Being”
(there will be no morning service)