Worship, Faith & Values
Worship With UsYou, your friends, and your family are warmly invited to come and worship with us. For Sunday worship, our 1838 Meetinghouse is a serenely beautiful setting for quiet reflection and prayer. If you prefer a more intimate and informal service, you can attend the monthly Worship on Wednesday service held in our Chapel.
Sunday Worship 10:00am
The order of service and music are designed to connect with worshippers of all ages. Children stay for the first part of the service and then attend Sunday School. If you have time for coffee hour after church, you can reconnect with old friends but also make new ones. Many of our members have come from faith traditions other than Congregational, so you’ll find an interesting mix of perspectives. For young children, child care is available for infants and children up to age three. For more information about Sunday School and Nursery Care, visit our Education page. If you are unable to be with us on Sundays, please visit the Video Services page to learn about several opportunities to view services that have been recorded.
Worship on Wednesday *7:30pm
*3rd Wednesday of each month
Worship on Wednesday (WOW) is an informal worship service typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Chapel of the Franklin Bower Church House. A central theme supports the music, prayers, readings, and message for the evening. A time is given for sharing of concerns and prayer requests. Members of the congregation are encouraged to lead and participate in all aspects of the WOW service, including sharing spiritual experiences, life challenges, and uplifting moments, all on their journeys with God. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows the service.
Statement of Faith
“We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify: You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image and set before each one the ways of life and death. You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles. In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself. You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faith people of all ages, tongues, and races. You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory. You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end. Blessings and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.”
Open and Affirming Statement
In the way we are with each other, by:
• Honoring our differences as we live and act together
• Expressing opinions with gentleness, kindness and clarity, with openness and respect
• Listening and respectfully considering all people’s ideas
• Addressing issues directly, seeking resolution
• Being willing and able to forgive, as God forgives us
The way we make decisions, by:
• Looking for the common ground as we seek consensus, resulting in acceptance and support
• Sharing information widely and in a timely manner, and
The way we lead and serve, by:
• Sharing and encouraging the individual gifts we all possess
• Leading by example
• Ensuring this covenant is understood and embraced
May the holy spirit work within us to bring this covenant to life within our church, so we may be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
UCC ConnectionsThe First Congregational Church of Madison is a member of the United Church of Christ. This membership derives from Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed traditions, and dates its founding to June 25, 1957, when the four denominations merged into one fellowship.
About the UCC
The phrase “from the ground up” is often used to describe the polity of the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org). Local churches are self-governing, but they are connected by ties at the area, state, and national levels. At the area level, FCC Madison is a member of the New Haven East Consociation, and sends delegates elected by our congregation to Consociation meetings. The Consociation is responsible for the ordination, installation and discipline of clergy in its member churches.
The Connecticut Conference (www.ctucc.org) is the regional representative of the UCC for its Connecticut churches and associations. At the national level, the United Church of Christ comprises 5,100 churches and more than one million members across the United States. Every two years, UCC holds a meeting called General Synod that brings together delegates from all the regional conferences. For highlights of UCC’s core values and its distinctive witness in the world, watch their video.
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