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Rochester United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 467
555 South Walnut

Rochester, IL  62563


Worship Opportunities
I was glad when they said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord!” 
Psalm 122:1
The theologian Karl Barth once said, “Christian worship is the most momentous, most urgent, most glorious action that can take place in human life.”  We at the Rochester United Methodist Church couldn’t agree more.  Barth and others down through the ages have affirmed that worship is the primary way for us to experience God’s presence and to be transformed by God’s Spirit. Through this encounter with God we are empowered to serve Jesus Christ throughout our lives as his loving and beloved disciples in our communities. 
Sunday Morning Worship
You are invited to be with us on any Sunday morning as we gather as the body of Christ.  Our worship times are 9 and 11 a.m.  While the gospel we share is the same in both services, the experiences are quite different.  Our 9:00 service is what one might call “traditional,” with liturgies, communal prayers, and traditional hymns and songs. We also have a wonderful choir that shares their gift at most services.  Our 11:00 service is non-traditional in that it is more casual and free-flowing with adult contemporary worship led by our praise band, directed by David McCafferty.

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month at both services. In the United Methodist Church, we celebrate open communion, meaning you are welcome to join us at Jesus’ table regardless from where you come to us spiritually.

As a United Methodist Church, while we primarily baptize infants, we baptize persons of all ages. We do this by sprinkling, pouring or immersion at the request of the individual or parent(s). Baptisms can be scheduled for virtually any Sunday but require prior consultation with the pastor.

We invite you as friends to join us every week as we encounter the wonder of worship together; wonder being what Thomas Carlyle called the basis of worship.  It is there, in the communal act of worship, that we can be transformed together through this mystical encounter with Jesus Christ.

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