What Can I Expect?
Because we are a diverse congregation, Tree of Life worship blends a number of styles and traditions to create a worship experience all it's own. Some people dress up; most folks dress down. We sing modern worship music, gospel, hymns and ancient Christian songs. Some of us clap, some raise our hands, some kneel and some just take it all in. Tree of Life is the kind of place where you can come as you are whoever you are.
Each week at our worship gatherings we seek to glorify God by proclaiming who God is and submitting our lives to Christ's transforming presence through Worship, Word, Intercession, Confession and Sacrament. We believe the Holy Spirit not only brings us up into the big picture of God, but also comes down into the details of our lives. Thus our worship life offers a mix of pre-written liturgy (words that help us pray together) and spontaneous times of prayer and intercession. We use pre-written liturgy to help all of us participate in worship and as a way of submitting to the larger story of God's saving acts through Jesus Christ. In the midst of that profound liturgy, our worship also includes times of free prayer and praise.
Each week we share Communion (also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper) together. Communion is a special meal Jesus commanded his disciples to celebrate in remembrance of his death and resurrection. We believe that through Communion Christians spiritually encounter Jesus and are filled anew with his life-giving spirit and resurrection power. All baptized Christians who profess Jesus as Lord are welcome to the table at Tree of Life. If you want to know more about our beliefs or have questions about being baptized please talk to one of our pastors.
Personal intercessory and healing prayer is also available each week during Communion in the Prayer Chapel at the back of the sanctuary.
What About My Kids?
We have a staffed nursery for children ages 0-4. Parents are also welcome to keep young children with them throughout worship.
Most weeks, kids ages 5-9 participate in opening worship and then go to "Kids' Club" where they sing songs, learn about the Christian faith and receive prayer. Then they rejoin the worship service for Communion.
Older children are encouraged to be a part of the service. They often participate as acylotes (carrying up the cross and light of Christ at the beginning and end of the service), as Scripture readers and as worship muscians. Middle School and High School aged youth are encouraged to particpate in our Youth Group programs on Wednesday nights.
Baptized children of all ages are welcome to the Communion Table at Tree of Life with the permission of their parents.