We are Called...to Worship

The membership of Manassas Presbyterian Church (MPC) is wonderfully diverse in religious background but we share a common desire to worship, learn, serve, and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Worship is at the heart of all we do. Our services blend tradition with the contemporary to keep worship fresh, lively, and joyful.

Our pastor is our worship leader, but worship is something we do together as the body of Christ, with many participants: our Minister of Music, the different choirs, lay liturgists, our youth, even our youngest children – we learn together as we worship together.

Our services are grounded in both the Living Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Written Word as it comes to us through the Bible. Sermons are grounded in biblical text and we look to the preached word to challenge us as well as teach us. Our extraordinary music ministry enlivens worship with music that helps us to lift our voices in praise and prayer to God.

Our worship space provides a flexible, comfortable layout and has, even for the size of the space, a sense of intimacy. While the chairs are configured in standard rows, we reconfigure them on occasion to provide different worship experiences. For our Service of Wholeness, for example, we set chairs in circles of 12 to provide a very different and intimate worship experience.

Lovely stained glass windows from the original church building, built shortly after the Civil War, have been incorporated into the sanctuary and narthex. The bell in the tower, which rings every Sunday morning, was ceremoniously conveyed from the old building back in 1977 when the current church building was constructed.

The chancel area is open and configurable for traditional worship, liturgical dance, or special musical offerings. A Steinway grand piano and a sophisticated electronic organ flank the choir lofts, which accommodate singers, handbell ringers, and other instrumentalists who provide musical accompaniment for worship each Sunday.

Reminders of the two sacraments we observe in the Presbyterian Church are present in the Baptismal Font and the Lord's Table. To the right of the pulpit stands the Christ Candle, a reminder that our Lord is the Light of the World.

The Apostle Paul instructs us to "teach one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" and the Psalms call us repeatedly to sing and make a joyful noise to the Lord. Music is integral to worship and we are blessed with an extraordinary music program here at MPC.

Musical participation builds community within the church and beyond. The offerings of the children's and youth choirs are integrated regularly into worship, and the adult choir is a weekly fixture. Music selection for all choirs is based not only on the skill level of the singers, but on message, relevance to the sermon topic, and seasonal appropriateness.

We print our hymns in our worship bulletin, which frees us from being tied to one or two hymnal books. We draw our music from a wide variety of sources, which helps us experience music in worship from other denominations, cultures, and times.

From September through June, we offer two identical worship services most Sundays, one at 8:30 am and the other at 11:00 am. During the summer months there is one service at 10:00 am, with outdoor services added at 8:30 am on the first Sunday of June, July, and August.

We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper monthly, generally on the first Sunday of the month. We alternate serving Communion by pew and by intinction, reminding worshipers that our Lord Jesus Christ invites all who trust in him to share in the meal that he has prepared.

Holidays are opportunities for special worship and special events within worship. For example,

  • The Ash Wednesday service, ushering in the season of Lent, culminates with the imposition of ashes.
  • Our Maundy Thursday services offers us the opportunity to walk with Jesus to the Cross as part of our Tenebrae Service.
  • On Easter morning, whenever the word "alleluia" is spoken or sung during the service, it is met with the fluttering of brightly-colored ribbons "alleluia wands". Our worship leaders make sure the service is filled with "alleluias"!
  • On Christmas Eve we offer a Family Service at 5:30 pm, which features Lessons and Carols designed for our youngest Christians, who also help lead the service. We offer a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols at 8:00 pm as well.

We invite you to worship with us! We think you'll find our services joyous, welcoming, renewing, and most important, spiritually rich and nourishing. Come join us!