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Passionate Worship

Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. The word passionate expresses an intense desire, an ardent spirit, strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance.

Passionate Worship, whether traditional or contemporary, means an extraordinary eagerness to offer the best in worship, honoring God with excellence and with an unusual clarity about the purpose of connecting people to God.


—Bishop Robert Schnase on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Passionate Worship 2008

The defining well-spring of a congregation's life together is their worship. Christ calls us out of the world to gather around Him as a congregation of passionate worshippers. We are a church who worships God as revealed to us through Jesus Christ.

Before we do anything, this is our basic identity, we are Jesus' disciples who gather because of what God has done and is doing in us and in the world. We gather with attitudes of trust and gratitude, of openness and obedience. We gather to be formed as God's people through praise, prayer, Word and Sacrament.

In all that we do as the congregation of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church we seek to incarnate our mission to be a place where all people Belong, Grow, and Serve. A wonderful place to personally connect with this mission is through passionate worship through our weekly worship service as well as through special worship services and worship experiences during the year.

In worship we are exposed to what John Wesley called our catholic, meaning universal, spirit. This Spirit is God’s Holy Spirit, which enables us to be, worship, grow, and live as one, united people under the banner of Christ though we unique individuals with unique life stories. In his sermon named “Catholic Spirit,” Wesley boldly challenges and encourages that “Although a difference in opinions or modes of worship may prevent an entire external union, yet need it prevent our union in affection? Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.”

At Tuskawilla UMC we seek to “may” and we seek to do through celebrating God’s accomplishments in the week prior, confessing where we missed the mark and continue to be in need of God’s grace, hearing a challenging and comforting message, and equipping one another for our participation in God’s work in the coming week.

The Church At Worship

Along with the preached Word of God, our Worship Services incorporate contemporary praise and worship songs as well as traditional hymns, gospels, spirituals, and many other song styles and genres. Video clips and altarscapes are used to enhance the worship experience. We strive to create worship experiences where all people are able to connect with God and connect with one another.

As worshiping community with a heart for intergenerational ministry, we encourage families to worship together each Sunday.

Wonderful Worship Packs are prepared weekly to help our young worshipers engage the worship service. Nursery Care is available during our worship service for infants through Pre-K 3. Pastor Sarah heartily welcomes young children in worship. The noises they make are their praises and prayers to our God and are most welcome at Tuskawilla UMC!

8:30 a.m. Morningsong Service

This weekly worship service follows the liturgy of the Morning Prayer Office with opportunities for congregational singing of hymns or praise songs, public and private prayer, offering, Scripture reading, sermon, and response through the celebration of Holy Communion each week. TUMC’s Morningsong Service features acoustic worship led by pianist or guitarist. The Morningsong Service occurs in the Sanctuary and is 45 minutes in duration.

11:00 a.m. Worship Service

This weekly worship service (60 minutes) follows a traditional order of worship with opportunities for congregational singing of hymns with piano or organ accompaniment, public prayer, offering, Scripture reading, sermon, and response. TUMC’s 11:00 a.m. Service features choral music sung by our Sanctuary Choir. This service also includes a Children’s Moment that is based on the Scripture passage for the day.

Following the Children’s Moment on the First Sunday of the month, children are invited to return to their families to continue in worship and celebrate Holy Communion. Following the Children’s Moment on the other Sundays in the month, children Pre-K 4 through 3rd grade are invited to join our Children’s Ministry staff for activities, games, drama, and crafts in Children’s Church in Room 20, which is also based on the Scripture passage for the day.

The 11:00 a.m. Worship Service occurs in the Sanctuary and is 60 minutes in duration.

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