Wilshire Presbyterian Church

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We Welcome You to Join Us on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am!

What to Expect on Sunday Morning

If you're driving, enter our parking lot from Oxford Avenue (the street just east of Western Avenue). Enter through the patio and you will be welcomed by one of our greeters, who will hand you a bulletin (everything that happens in the service is printed in here) and show you where to go.

Our worship style is informal with some formal elements. We love to sing, so we have a choir that leads us in worship songs and hymns.  The music in the service ranges from classical to folk to gospel to spirituals to contemporary in style. Songs are printed in the bulletin, don't worry if you don't know them, you'll learn!

It is important to us that we are open to God's presence among us in the Service, so we start the Worship Service with the choir signing contemplative songs to calm our minds and quiet our hearts, after which the pastor starts the service with a prayer.

Prayer is important to us, and therefore an integral part of our service.  Every Sunday we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us (The Lord's Prayer) out loud together (don't worry, it's printed in the bulletin).  The pastor also leads us in prayers, and during this time,  everyone is given the opportunity to say out loud the names and needs of those they want to bring to God in prayer.  Every third Sunday of the month, we offer a Service of Wholeness & Healing during which you'll have the opportunity to come forward to be anointed with oil by the pastor, and to receive a prayer for wholeness and healing in your life. 

The pastor invites all children up to the front for a Children's Sermon before we send them off to Sunday School. We neither excessively silence nor restrict movement of children in our worship-they are an integral part of the church family and are welcome participants in every way.

We "Pass the Peace" where we stretch our legs and greet everyone around us. Any greeting is fine, or you can just say "Peace of Christ be with you."  After the "Passing of the Peace," we share announcements and celebrations.  In front of you in the pew (the seat you sit on), you'll find a "Visitor's Card" which you can fill out if you would like to receive our weekly e-mail newsletter which provides you with information about the upcoming sermon, Bible Study, activities and outings in the church, and who is on the Prayer List.  We take an offering (if you filled out a Visitor Card, you can put it in the offering plate at this time). Feel free to give as the spirit moves you, or not, there's no obligation.

If you come on a Communion Sunday (1st Sunday of the month), usually a server will bring bread and juice to you. Sometimes we take Communion by intinction, where we get out of our seats, line up, break a piece of bread off a loaf, and then dip it in a common cup of juice, and then eat; and then you return to your seat.

At the end of the service, after the pastor has given us a blessing for the week, we sit down one more time to listen to the postlude (which is either an instrumental piece of music, or the choir singing a song) in order to reflect on our morning's experience. After this, the Service is over.  The pastor will greet you at the door and direct you to the Fellowship Hall where you can join us lunch.  Please join us, we would love to meet you!