About the 9:00 am Traditional Service Experience
The Setting: The church spire has stood for more than 60 years as a familiar landmark in the heart of Mesa. You cannot help enter our sanctuary without wanting to think of God, discover His will, take His strength and find peace in your heart. Though not elaborate, the sanctuary recalls the glory of great church architecture in its proportions. The rose windows above the communion table and in the transepts evoke wonder and reverence. No fewer than 17 stained glass crosses in windows and doors bring the light of the world to our eyes and the example of Christ to our hearts. Can’t see all the windows from where you sit? Watch the monitors that, when not prompting you with the words from a hymn or prayer, take you on a visual tour of this house of God.
The Sermons: Sermons often find their starting points in familiar and modern-day places–rock ‘n roll lyrics, movies, parenting, work and home. They are themed with several sermons branching out from a single an over-arching topic. “Parents Say the Darndest Things” is an example of one recent sermon series. The sermons are contemporary. They will make you smile; they can bring a tear to your eye; yet they never lose sight of the eternal search for what it means to be a disciple of Christ in an ever-changing world.
The Music: Our worship experience contains a variety of musical styles and music–from familiar Methodist hymns to heart-pumping American spirituals. The music is anchored by the Centennial Organ and the Chancel Choir. But variety spices the experience with congregational singing, Bells, periodic offerings by soloists, and vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The Children’s Message: For five or so minutes, the children come down from the pews to sit on the alter steps with a pastor or teacher and discuss what it means to follow Jesus. The children are never too young to learn, and you are never too old to learn from the children.