"Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." -Psalm 29:2
At Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church, we believe in the importance of worshiping God. The worship service is sometimes called "the liturgy" (which means "work of the people"); here God's people gather to praise God for who He Is and all he has done. It is a time to invoke the Holy Spirit and to remember that God is the source of every blessing. All are welcome to join us in worship.
At Nolley Church we strive to make our worship services beautiful, dignified, and lively. Most services will include singing a mix of classic hymns, Gospel songs, and some newer praise choruses; our services always include the public reading and teaching of the Bible, God's Holy Word. On the first Sunday of the month we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Meeting God through the Sacraments:
What are Sacraments?
While there are many rites and spiritual practices of the Church, United Methodists recognize two Sacraments as explicitly established by our Lord Jesus in the Bible: Holy Baptism (Matthew 28:19) and The Lord's Supper, also called Holy Communion and The Eucharist (Luke 22:19-20). With Christians across the centuries going back to the early Church, we understand the sacraments to be "outward and physical signs" of "inward and spiritual grace." God offers this spiritual grace to us through the outward sign. We may claim this gift of grace by receiving the sacrament with faith in Christ.
What do Methodists teach about baptism?
Like circumcision in the Old Testament, Baptism is a sign of entry into God's covenant people. Baptism is an act of the Lord, working through his body (the Church) to claim us as his own. Through Baptism we enter into the new covenant and become part of God's new covenant people, the Church. In Baptism God gives us, in a tangible sign, his promises of spiritual cleansing and renewal through Jesus Christ. Through Baptism God also offers us a spiritual union with Christ (Gal. 3:27). Along with God's promises to us, Baptism also represents our promises of faithfulness to God: our rejection of sin, and commitment to Christ. Baptism is more than a one-time experience but a promise for our lives and a mark of Christian identity that we claim daily.
Who may receive Holy Baptism?
Adult converts who put their trust in Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 16:29-33) are proper subjects of Baptism. In keeping with the historic understanding of the universal Church across the centuries, Methodists also hold that the children of Christian believers may also be Baptized (Acts 2:38-39). The parents and the local church take a special responsibility to pray for these children and to share with them the Gospel of Christ that they may come to claim the promises of Jesus for themselves.
We believe candidates may be immersed in water or may have water poured upon them.
What is Holy Communion?
Like the Passover Meal in the Old Testament, the Lord's Supper is a meal of remembrance. Through the sharing of the consecrated bread and cup, we remember Christ's passion and death on the cross to take away our sins (1 Cor. 11:23-26). But it is more than only a remembrance. Receiving these elements by faith we also recieve God's grace to forgive our sins and strengthen us for the journey of faith begun at Baptism. Through these elements Christ's body and blood, his real presence and power, are shared with us in a mysterious and spiritual way (1 Cor. 10:16-17).
Who may receive Holy Communion?
All Baptized Christian believers, regardless of church affiliation or membership may receive at the Lord's Table. The invitation is to all those who believe in Christ and repent of their sin. If some who have not yet been Baptized are drawn to Christ (perhaps for the first time) in Communion, we welcome them to receive as well, but encourage them to contact a pastor about receiving Baptism, since sharing in Holy Communion is intended to strengthen and renew the covenant commitments that were made in Baptism.
To learn more about Methodist teachings on Baptism read:
To learn more about Methodist teachings on Holy Communion read:
*If you would like a pastor to bring Holy Communion or Oil for anointing to your home or hospital room, please call the church.
The Christian Year:
Like fellow believers in many other denominations, United Methodists observe the seasons of the Christian year, which has developed over the centuries. The two major feasts of the year are Christmas (celebrating Christ's birth), and Holy Week, or Passion Week which builds up to Good Friday (when Jesus was crucified) and Easter Sunday or Resurrection Day (when he was raised from the dead). On these 'high holy days' the colors of the vestments on the pastors' robes and the paraments on the altar and pulpit are white or gold, symbolizing joy and the life of heaven.
Before Christmas is a season of preparation called Advent, and before Easter a similar season called Lent. In both of these seasons the colors are changed to purple. After Christmas comes a season of reflection called Epiphany and after Easter comes the season of Pentecost. In both of these seasons the colors are changed to green, symbolizing new growth.
Other major holy-days include Pentecost, which celebrates the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit (when the colors are changed to red symbolizing the Spirit's fire) and All Saints Day (Nov. 1) when we remember the faithful lives and good examples of those who have come before us in faith.
To learn more, ask your pastor.