What to expect
Worship services at Silver Spring are vital, engaging, diverse, and central to our life as a community. Most visitors mention the energy they feel in the building and the people when we share Sunday morning together and that seems to be a foundational part of our experience together. Worship connects us, uplifts us, challenges us and comforts us. We are a diverse congregation, with a wide range of gifts, needs and perspectives, and our worship reflects us in this.
The mood of a worship service can range from personal to political, spiritual to practical, individual to global, and reflective to humorous, grounding to inspiring – sometimes all in the same service! We draw on world religious traditions with respect and care, and celebrate a number of holidays within the church year: the Jewish High Holidays, Samhain, Christmas and Hannukah, Solstice, Martin Luther King Sunday, Easter, Passover, and more. Our Sunday experience is one of the strengths we are proud of and glad to share with visitors.
Though the elements of a service may very from week to week, they always include live music. We have a choir, house band, celtic music ensemble and a number of gifted musicians and vocalists within our church. We also invite local and national artists to celebrate with us over the course of the year. We sing hymns from two hymnals, Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey, and sometimes incorporate popular, folk, spiritual, gospel and world music into our congregational singing.
For the spoken aspects of our service, we draw on both sacred and secular texts. We also share in reflective readings, prayer, and silence for personal meditation. Most, but not all, of our services feature a sermon. Generally, these are delivered by our parish minister, Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay, but at least one Sunday a month offers a guest preacher on a special topic.
Look below to learn about and listen to some of our past sermons. Click here to visit our Sermon Archive for older sermons.
This Sunday we gathered to honor and celebrate our 9th graders as they professed their beliefs and transition from “children” to “young adults.”
Listen to church member Gwendolyn Rhodes share about challenges from her life that have helped her growth and understanding that love is letting go of fear. Searching for our own ability to love and let go of fear can help us move past “waiting for the world to change.” In the words of Khalil Gibran,…
An exploration of our monthly ministry of Creation through a wide variety of Hindu creation stories and chants. Kirtan is a call and response style chanting prayer that is practiced in several religious traditions. This service was lead by Gita Krista Zember and our Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay.