Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God. In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God's service in the world. (from the Book of Order, W-1.1000)
"God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. God through Christ actively seeks relationship to us through worship."
(from Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase (p.34), used in a congregational study in Summer 2012)
Our Worship Schedule
We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and at 11:00 a.m. for OnPoint@1704 in Pickard Hall, with overflow seating in the Jane Bell Gathering Space and Davidson Chapel.
Come as you are and join us each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Pickard Hall for OnPoint@1704. Grab a cup of coffee and participate in worshipping with music drawn from many genres and liturgy that is presented in a reformed and interactive manner. This service, like every service at WMPC, welcomes children and offers a “KidsPoint” area for pre-K and younger which is a supervised, guided worship space for children and their parent or caregiver.
We also stream our 9:30 and 11:00 sanctuary worship services live to your computer or mobile device. Click here for additional details.
Numerous Additional Worship Opportunities are offered throughout the year, most frequently during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Children are an important part of our community, and we welcome them in worship.
Baptism is the sign and symbol of inclusion in God's grace and covenant with the Church. In Baptism, we die to what separates us from God and are raised to newness of life in Christ. Baptism unites the people of God with each other and with the church of every time and place. (from the Book of Order, W-2.3000)
Baptisms are scheduled by calling Rebecca Turner, Pastoral Assistant, at 919-834-3425, ext.222. Baptismal conferences with one of our pastors are scheduled a week prior to the baptismal date.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. The invitation to the Lord's Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance and love. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God's love and grace in Christ Jesus. (from the Book of Order, W-2.4000)
The Lord's Supper is served on the first Sunday of the month at each worship service. In addition, the Lord's Supper is served for occasional special worship services as well.
Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. (from the Book of Order, W-4.9000)
Church members and immediate family members of church members may schedule weddings at White Memorial. Scheduling demands do not permit us to accommodate non-member weddings; further, we believe that an established relationship with our worshipping community is an integral component of the sacred celebration of marriage. To schedule a wedding date, contact the Pastoral Assistant, Rebecca Turner, at 919-834-3425, ext. 222. Weddings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. A wedding guide is available for all potential wedding couples.
Preparation for a Lifetime Commitment, a premarital workshop, is held quarterly for couples planning weddings at White Memorial. Contact the Pastoral Assistant for scheduled times and to reserve a space.
Follow the link to view a copy of Preparation for Weddings.
Services of Witness to the Resurrection
These services call the community of faith to celebrate the lives of those who have joined the Church Triumphant, and to acknowledge Christ's victory over death through the Resurrection.
Services of Witness to the Resurrection are held throughout the year. Members of the vocal choirs and of the congregation at large volunteer to form the Witness to the Resurrection Choir for each service. Click here for more information about participating in this ministry.
A booklet entitled "In Life and in Death We Belong to God" offers additional guidance regarding services of Witness to the Resurrection. This booklet is available in the church office.
This sessional committee is responsible for the worship life of the congregation, the administering of the Sacraments, and attention to the Directory for Worship. The Worship Committee oversees the various Guilds which provide many opportunities for participation, service and fellowship.
Opportunities to Serve
A number of guilds tend to the myriad details of our worship life. Contact John Ramsay, Chair of the Worship Committee, if you are interested in any of the following Guilds:
- Communion Guild;
- Witness to the Resurrection Guild (ushers)
- Witness to the Resurrection Choir Guild;
- Flower Guild;
- Paraments Guild;
- "Polishing" Guild;
- Fine Arts Guild.