Join us for worship…
Take some time to center in God’s promises after your day of Saturday activities at this contemporary style worship service. Worshipers are led by piano and song leaders using a contemporary music style. This relaxed and intimate setting of worship offers relevant preaching that addresses the question of what it means to live a life as a Christian today. Each week, this service offers the Lord’s Supper, time for quiet prayer and the opportunity to be the community of God’s people. This service is a great alternative to Sunday morning worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Sunday 8:30, 9:45 and 11am
The pinnacle of Sheridan’s ministry is worshiping our loving God! More than 900 people will come through Sheridan’s doors on Sunday morning to hear yet again of Jesus’ love in their lives. We invite you to join in and experience this love of Jesus in a very real and authentic way at Sheridan. People often comment on Sheridan’s warm and inviting atmosphere, beautiful music, meaningful dramas and sermons that connect with everyday lives. These worship services are contemporary in music style and are led by excellent singers, piano, guitar players and drums. The Lord’s Supper is served each week at the 8:30am worship and twice a month at the 9:45 & 11am worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
During the school year, September through April, a highlight of the week is to join in worship on Wednesday evenings as a part of Wednesdays @ the Well. This multi-sensory worship for all ages incorporates a casual environment great for the middle of the week recharge. People of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome to this midweek ministry that is a part of Sheridan’s Wednesdays @ the Well. This service is a great complement or alternative to weekend worship and The Lord’s Supper is served once a month.
Current Worship Series: Trial and Error
As we walk with Jesus to the Cross, the scene that we can most easily relate to is his trial. We have a hard time relating to praying in a deserted garden or being publicly executed by crucifixion. We can, however, relate to a trial. In today’s world we can readily sense the concept of a rigged trial – one in which the accused stands little chance. Jesus’ trial before Pilate contains intriguing characters. There is a sense that some are trying to be fair, but the outcome is so filled with error. When we ask ourselves, “How could this happen?” we begin by looking at those involved.
Each of us comes to Lent, this season of personal preparation for Jesus’ death, with different emotional responses we bring to it. Everyone grieves in their own way, and watching Jesus die so personally “for me” brings our emotions front and center. Reflecting on Jesus’ trial, we see that same range of human emotion in each character. It benefits us to look at each person and to understand his or her perspective.
Each week we will look at the trial and we will see the error of each person involved. We will hear their words through first-person portrayals, and seek greater understanding. We will relate to their experience and see how it touches ours. We will prepare for the reality that Jesus died for each of them, just as he died for us.
On Wednesdays during Lent, worship will emphasize the forgiveness that Jesus brings. What better way to understand his forgiveness for us than by seeing how he might forgive those who wronged him on his way to the Cross? As we walk, we know that we are in solidarity with those that Jesus died to save others – even the most sinful. In that way, we will experience the full joy of Easter morn, as we gaze into the empty tomb.
March 4 & 5: Caiaphas
March 11 & 12: PilateIsaiah 53:7-8; John 18:33-38a, 19:9-11
Pilate is the epitome of the struggle in this scene of trial and error. Sincerely trying to do the right thing, he falls woefully short. Compassionate in his encounter with Jesus, yet he is the one immortalized by name as responsible for Jesus’ death. Pilate embodies some of our greatest fears.
March 18 & 19: ClaudiaPsalm 118:5-9; Matthew 27:19-2
Pilate’s wife is not even mentioned by name in scripture and the reference to her is so small, but the emotional and spiritual response to her continues to touch us at the deepest part of our heart. To see your loved one make a terribly wrong decision and to be unable to stop it, but only watch from afar is an affliction we all dread.
March 25 & 26: BarabbasIsaiah 53:1-6; Matthew 27:1-2, 11-17
In all likelihood Barabbas was within earshot of Jesus’ trial. His subsequent release must have been a huge surprise to him, as he knew he was guilty. Jesus takes Barabbas’ beating and he takes ours. How can we remain surprised and grateful for the one who bears our sin?
April 1 & 2: CrowdPsalm 22:1-8; Luke 23:1-7, 13-25
The phenomenon of group demonstrations has returned to our nation. They embody both the best and the worst of our human nature. The Passion of Jesus forces upon us the question, “Where would I be in the crowd?” We would like to think we would be a defender of Jesus. Scripture points to the fact that we likely would not. How can we reconcile our timidity in the face of Jesus’ sacrifice?
Would you like to volunteer with worship?
If you want to get involved with the worship hospitality and/or the altar guild ministry of Sheridan, contact Brenda Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to get involved with the worship arts ministry at Sheridan, contact Molly Schmit at email@example.com
If you want to get involved with the Wednesdays @ the Well ministry, contact Brenda Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
During the year, there are special times in the church where we celebrate the awesome gifts of God. At these times, we gather for special worship opportunities. Some of these special services are Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday & Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter and Confirmation. Each of these times highlight key moments in the life of Jesus and the impact these moments have on our faith community. These historical events come alive in a contemporary way as the greatest story ever told is retold again. These services are listed in the bulletin and on our website and give specific times and dates. As with all worship at Sheridan – all are welcome!
Television Production enhances our ministries for those unable to join us each weekend. Each week our 9:45 Sunday morning worship is video recorded and edited to a 30 minute broadcast on Cablevision, Time Warner Channel 13. Our Sunday worship is able to be viewed at:
- Thursday night at 7:30
- Friday afternoon at 12:30
- Sunday morning at 11:30