Forest Home Chapel
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York


Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. with The Rev. Rebecca W. Dolch

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What Can You Find in Worship at Forest Home Chapel?

An introduction from our pastor

Why do people come to worship?

Rebecca: I believe that people come to worship for several reasons.

Human beings are seekers of meaning. I think people come to worship to find meaning and guidance for their daily lives with people who share faith and values. (This does not mean we all agree on everything!)

We are spiritual beings on a human journey, and we want to keep remembering and connecting with the Spirit. When we gather, we help each other do that. We can have a "God experience” through music, feelings, mental stimulation, spiritual insight, and connecting with the human spirit through community.

We are social beings. We like to be with friends and acquaintances. Church is one of the few organizations where all members of a family can participate together and all age groups are present. Plus, after worship we always have coffee hour! The people at Forest Home Chapel are great conversationalists and enjoy meeting lots of new people.

Q: What is the purpose of a sermon?

Rebecca: When I hear a sermon, I want to be inspired, informed, and moved to live a full, generous life. I want an experience that will help me remember the world community, and deal with tough issues. I also want to learn something from the Bible, which is a very complex and often confounding book. I come to church to be reminded of what an old hymn calls "Higher Ground." Since this is what I want from a sermon, I try to give it! 



Elements of Sunday Worship at the Chapel


As it was for John and Charles Wesley, music is an integral part of worship for us at the Chapel. Please join in singing hymns with us, and take inspiration from anthems and special music throughout the service.

We Gather to Worship God

Our minister welcomes us. This is also a time to share important announcements.

We greet one another. One of our goals at the Chapel is to help people experience a sense of belonging. You are invited to welcome one another in the spirit of Christian family.

We are called to worship with a responsive reading.

We share our joys celebrations and concerns, and pray for all in need. We follow with The Lord’s Prayer.

A special moment is Time with Young Christians. Children of any age may come forward to share a simple lesson and prayer with the pastor.

We Encounter the Word

Members of the congregation take turns introducing passages and reading the Bible Lesson from Old and New Testaments. Although our “official” Bible is the New Revised Standard Version, readers often delight in presenting translations from other versions, to help us understand the meaning.

The minister presents the sermon. Our hope is that you will find sermons given at Forest Home Chapel to be intelligent and lively. Rebecca would love to hear your response to the sermon during coffee hour, or during the week.

We Celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion

(every first Sunday of the Month)

The United Methodist Church practices Open Communion. All are welcome to the table, regardless of creed. We hope that this holy sacrament will be an experience of healing and comfort for you, a time of true communion with God.

We Respond in Faith

We offer our gifts of money and pledges, and also special collections of food or other goods for others.

And finally, we receive the benediction for the week ahead.

Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


27: Regular worship


3: Holy Communion

10: Regular worship

17: Regular worship

20: Church Council meeting, 7:00 p.m.

24: Regular worship


1: Holy Communion



18: Church Council meeting, 7:00 p.m.




5: Holy Communion. Charge Conference, Jacksonville Community Church, 2:15 p.m.


15: Church Council meeting, 7:00 p.m.


23: Thanksgiving



3: Holy Communion



24: Christmas Eve

25: Christmas Day