We hope that you’ll join us for worship on Sunday morning, whether in-person or online. Our in-person worship services are expected to resume on Sunday, September 26th at 11 a.m. We are taking special precautions to protect the vulnerable members of our congregation and community, especially those who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition. Please take a moment to review our guidelines for safe worship and small-group gatherings.
Sunday Worship (school year; non-pandemic)
- 9:30 am Beginnings worship service: an informal, family-friendly service with a mix of contemporary and traditional music in our chapel. We practice communion every week in this service.
- 11:00 am Traditional worship service: a not-too-formal service in our Main Sanctuary. This service is also family-friendly, with Children’s Sunday School during the service, except for the first Sunday of the month.
During the summer (typically June through August), we switch to our summer service time: one worship service at 10:00am.
We gather to worship God. We make and share lasting friendships. We learn the needs of others and find compassion to help meet those needs. We are served during our special times of need by those who have knelt with us at Holy Communion, participated with us in baptisms, joined with us in congregational prayer, and sung with us the hymns of the church. Silver Spring United Methodist Church is a vibrant, loving and mission-oriented community in service to the people of Silver Spring and the world. All we are and all we do flows from our common worship and love of God. We invite you to come and worship with us!
A note about words you might hear in worship:
At SSUMC, we do our best to foster an environment of welcome and inclusion that takes seriously the multitude of metaphors about God in scripture and the countless ways we experience God’s love and God’s call. As such, you may hear us use non-gendered language for God, a well as male and female pronouns. We also try to default to non-gendered words for groups of people, including substituting “siblings” sometimes for “brothers and sisters.” We are still growing into these practices, and we appreciate your patience as we sacrifice convenient and familiar language for words that might “feel” clunkier but that communicate deeper truths about who we are, who God is, and who we believe God is calling us to be.
In a similar vein, we often regularly substitute the phrase “kin-dom of God” for “kingdom of God,” most frequently when we say the Lord’s Prayer. We join many other communities in doing this to emphasize the relational aspects of God’s community. While the reign of God is also political, we sometimes choose to use the language of “kin” to help us focus on how we can faithfully live into God’s calling for our lives now, and in the context of all of our relationships. While we, too, await the full manifestation of the realm of God, we find that this shift in language helps us to remember that, as Jesus tells his disciples in Luke 17:21, “the kin(g)dom of God is among you.”