Worship and Sermons
Worship is really the heart of everything we do at West Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM, we gather together to recognize and give thanks for God's work in our lives, we join in fellowship with one another, we help each other grow in our understanding and love of God, and we go out energized and ready to live out our faith in daily life. And as we worship together, we sing together, we laugh together, and we pray together. We often find it an inspiring time as we discover anew the amazing love God has for us. And what we learn on Sunday morning in the sermon, we are able to use during the week, as the preaching is relevant and connected to our lives and our world.
For infants and toddlers, we offer nursery care every Sunday of the year so parents can focus on the worship service. Preschoolers and elementary school children begin in worship before going to “Sprout” (preschool) or "G3 Kids" (elementary) after about ten minutes. To ensure that everyone is fully engaged in worship, we are intentional about making the service an enjoyable experience for all. We always have plenty of participation and activity, we sing upbeat and lively music, we use video and multimedia, we feature storytelling and drama to help bring the Bible to life, and the preaching uses plain, everyday language that is easy to understand.
We've had first time guests observe that our worship style is "relaxed". As one person noted, "Some churches try so hard to be edgy that it's almost like they're not taking worship seriously. You guys take worship seriously, but without being uptight or stuffy about it either!" We take that as quite a compliment! When you enter our worship space, you'll feel the vibe immediately. You'll see suits and you'll see jeans, you'll see babies and older folks and everything in between, you'll see couples and singles, you'll see buzz cuts and tattoos, you'll see people who are lifelong church goers and people who have just started their spiritual journey. In short, whether you've been at the church for 20 years or 20 minutes, you'll feel the real warmth and genuine care that West Bloomfield UMC shows to all people!
We are currently in a sermon series entitled "The Church Grows Up.” When the church first began in Acts 1 and Acts 2, it was an extraordinary time of excitement and innovation as the church thrived. But a crucial thing was missing. Jesus had given the church the clear instructions: “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8 Yet for the first seven chapters of Acts – well over a year of time – the church stayed in Jerusalem and never ventured outside the city limits. So while the church was enjoying some success, the church wasn’t truly fulfilling Jesus’ will to go out and be Christ’s witnesses throughout the world. In “The Church Grows Up,” I’ll be preaching from Acts 8 through Acts 15 when the church gets out into the world and shares the Good News about Jesus Christ with people off many different backgrounds, different nationalities, and different ethnicities. It was once the early Christians began faithfully pursuing the instructions Jesus had given them that the church truly fulfilled its purpose. On Sundays in September, we’ll discover what happens when “The Church Grows Up”!