FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST
INDIANAPOLIS

WORSHIP SERVICES

August worship theme: The Problem of God

This month, sermons of our traditional worship services will focus upon ‘The Problem of God’.  Simply put: many of us find it easy not to believe, or to restrict our beliefs to something that is irrelevant to our lives. 

August 6

We will begin with a sermon on “What do we mean by ‘God’?”  When I talk with people about why they do or do not believe in God, the conversation quickly turns to ‘What do you mean by “God”?’  Even a casual scan of philosophy over history reveals a wide array of ideas, most of which serve to fit into a logical system.  Our thoughts begin with 1 Kings 19:9-14, but keep going!  The C4 Choir, led by Doug Johnson, will be our musical guests.

August 13

We continue the theme by broadening our thinking a bit by looking at ‘Ten Surprises about God from the Bible’.  The first seven come pretty easily (Psalm 82 infers that there was more than one god), the last three I will get to by August 13.  What strikes you as surprising about God?  Kelvin Kwok will sing a solo and Michael Kessler will give a meditation on vibraphones.

August 20

‘God’s Competition’ 20th Century theologians like Paul Tillich and H. Richard Niebuhr were keen observers of the ways that humans found ways to have ultimate loyalties to human ideas that they called ‘God’.  Today Neil Gaiman’s American Gods takes a somewhat whimsical look at the deities that American’s really worship. Whether high brow or low brow culture the conclusion is the same: God’s got competition.  Exodus 20:1-11.  The Julie Houston Trio will sing.

August 27

‘When God’s not There’  Psalm 20.  There are times that we feel tight with God----that we love our God and take comfort in knowing God’s love for us.  And there are times that we feel----nothing.  And instead of a comforting presence we wonder if there is anything ‘out there’ that we can rely upon.  Jesus’ words from the cross echo in our lives, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’  Our Bell Choir will play.

Traditional Worship

Our traditional worship service begins at 11:00 am Sundays

Worship utilizes hymns, bell and vocal choir music, organ, and sermon. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. We believe that it is Christ's table and not ours everyone is welcome to join us in this holy meal. We practice both infant and adult baptism. 

New Creation

Our New Creation worship service begins at 5:30p.m. on Sundays and utilizes a constantly changing interactive engagement with a Biblical text or theme in such a way that we discover its meaning for our lives. It has a 'house-church' level of intimacy and warmth coupled with a jazz-based musical ensemble.