SUNDAYS @ MCC AUSTIN
A Typical Worship Service
Worship is the heart of our community. Every week we gather to share the Good News of God’s unconditional love for all creation. Every week we remember and celebrate God’s promises fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. ASL available at the 11am service each week.
Our congregation is rather evenly divided among people from Baptist, Catholic, mainline Protestant, or Pentecostal traditions. We work hard to create worship services that are relevant, reverent, and uniquely MCC while still offering people liturgies, ritual, and music that they value from those traditions. On any given Sunday you might sing a hymn you remember singing in your grandparents’ church, hear a sermon that weaves together ancient texts and current events, and clap along to a contemporary praise song accompanied by drums and guitar. Several times a year you’ll experience services that are uniquely MCC Austin, like Fat Sunday or our summertime Bible on Broadway series.
Every time we worship, we gather at the communion table. We find inspiration in the reminders of Jesus’ life and teachings, and hope in the assurance of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. The Presider offers an invitation to all present, then shares the words that we believe Jesus spoke at his last meal with his disciples. After that, the Presider states that at MCC Austin, like at MCC Churches all over the world, you do not have to be a member of this church or any church to share the communion meal. You may come to the table by yourself or with friends or family, and you will be offered a communion wafer dipped into grape juice along with a brief blessing.
Feb. 3 — Holy People
Feb. 10 — Courageous Love and Justice
Who taught you to pray?
Someone may have taught you prayers like “Now I lay me down to sleep” when you were a child, but beyond that, probably no one tried to teach you to pray.
For most of us, what we have learned about prayer came from hearing others pray. And because we weren’t often invited to listen in on other people’s private prayers, many of us learned to pray from prayers we heard in church.
Richard Rohr, spiritual guide and author, tells us plainly, “When the church is no longer teaching the people how to pray, we could almost say it will have lost its reason for existence.”
During our worship services, the person serving as the Intercessor offers both the Community Prayer and a Prayer of Thanksgiving after we have received the offering. During communion and then again after the service, our Deacons are available for personal prayer or anointing. Anyone who would like to is welcome to ask the Deacons for prayer.We also invite you to write your prayers in our Prayer Book prior to the service if you would like to. The Prayer Book is brought into the sanctuary prior to the service and placed on the Communion Table so that the prayers written there are symbolically included in the Community Prayer. You are also invited to write your prayers on the back of your Connection Card. When you write your prayer concerns on the card, the Deacons and Pastors pray with you and for you throughout the week.
When our new sanctuary is complete, it will have a prayer wall in one corner where you can write your prayers on strips of paper and place them in the wall.
You can also call our Deacon Care Line at 512-291-8819 if you are in need of prayer. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.
Let the children come to me… Matthew 19:14
We’re always glad to have you and your children worship with us, and we want you to be glad you’re here as well. We know that children aren’t used to sitting quietly for long periods of time, so please don’t worry when they get a little restless. We believe that God put the wiggle in children – don’t feel you should suppress it in God’s house. Activity bags with coloring books, crayons, stickers and other activities are available. Just ask a member of our Red Carpet ministry. If you’re concerned those around you might not be able to hear the service, feel free to step out into the hall to soothe your children for a few moments and then come back into the sanctuary. Always remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. We want them and you to know that they are welcomed here.
Children 0-3: If your family prefers, nursery care is available for babies and toddlers during both services.
Children 3-14: Sunday school is available during the 11am service for preschool children through 8th graders. In Sunday school each week we watch an Illustrated PowerPoint Bible story produced by Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose. (More of their contemporary work can be seen on Sesame Street, The Disney Channel, PBS, and The Learning Channel.) After watching the PowerPoint, we have a coloring and discussion time followed by a game or activity that goes along with the theme. After closing in prayer, the Sunday school teachers bring the children to the worship service in time for communion.
Middle and high school: We have occasional social and service activities for teens. MCC Austin’s youth have had pool parties, gone camping, put together bags for those experiencing homelessness, and marched in the MLK day parade.
For more information about any of our offerings for children and youth, please contact Amanda Alvarado at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the third Sunday of each month, three different groups meet for food and fellowship at local restaurants.
Soul Connections is for those 40 and over.
Gen XYZ is for adults under 40.
The Family Lunch Bunch is for families with young children. They have lunch at restaurants that have playground options for the children.
If you are visiting us or if lunch out doesn’t fit into your budget, we would love for you to be our guest for lunch. Just let one of our hosts know that you’d like to be our guest.