Worship is the center of our church community. Our pastoral team, led by Rev. Matthew Ruffner, lead three worship services on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, and one on Sunday evenings in Founders Hall. Come experience God through joyful singing, listening to the Word, and powerful sermons.
From September – May, there are four Sunday worship services at PHPC
8:15 a.m. (Chapel)
9:30 a.m. (Sanctuary)
11 a.m. (Sanctuary)
Worship at 5: A Different Kind of Contemporary
5 p.m. (Founder's Hall)
From Memorial Day – Labor Day, there is one worship service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary and one worship service at 5 p.m. in Founder's Hall.
December 2 | 7 p.m. | Chapel
This Wholeness and Healing service is led by Rev. Mark Brainerd. It is a time for quiet reflection, meaningful words and music to seek comfort, hope and wholeness rooted in the good news of “God With Us: Emmanuel”
Worship in the Round
December 15 | 5 p.m. | Founders Hall
This special Worship at Five service features worship in the round and seasonal prayer stations.
December 19 | 7 p.m. | Chapel
Going out of town, but don’t want to miss Christmas with your church family? Join us for the Travelers Service - complete with all your favorite carols and candle lighting!
Christmas Music Sunday
December 22 | 9:30 & 11 a.m. (No 8:15 worship)
The Sanctuary Choir and Sanctuary Ringers lead us in a morning of Christmas music. The services feature congregational carols and choral anthems, all accompanied by a full orchestra! The service includes music by John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, Will Todd and more.
Worship at Five Christmas Music Sunday
December 22 | 5 p.m. | Founders Hall
For our last Sunday of Advent, the Worship at Five band will lead us in beloved songs of the Christmas season. In addition to our typical band, this service will feature local musicians from our community and will include a live string section, bluegrass instruments, and a cappella singing. Come and join your voices to the song!
PHPC streams the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services, as well as select holiday services and concerts. Our 5 p.m. service is streamed on our Facebook page here. Our 11 a.m. services are broadcast live on WRR 101.1 FM.
Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month at the 8:15 a.m. service. At the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services it is offered the first Sunday of even-numbered months, plus special times throughout the year. It is offered weekly at Worship at Five.
Large Print and Hearing Assistance
Large print bulletins, hymn sheets and bibles are available from the ushers upon request. Our Sanctuary has a Hearing Loop available in select rows, as well as headphones. Our usher team will be happy to assist you!
The Music Ministry of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church is a vital and active music program that incorporates vocal ensembles, handbell choirs, and instruments. Our hope is that God will be glorified and that both performers and listeners will be moved to a closer relationship with God.
Elements of Worship
As the organist begins to play, we gather and prepare our hearts and minds for worship. During this time, some quietly speak with friends, others listen to the music, and some pray. At this time, we ask everyone to silence cell phones and other electronic devices. For the next hour, we invite you to give yourself a Sabbath rest from the demands of the world.
In singing, we praise God and deepen our faith. Most of the hymns we sing can be found in the hymnal in the pew rack in front of you. We usually stand (as we are able) when we sing. We also sing brief responses to prayers and other acts of worship. These short songs find a home in our hearts. We carry these musical prayers with us everywhere we go.
Every week, we confess our sins. We have all done things that hurt others and distanced us from God. After we make our confession, one of the clergy pronounces an “Assurance of Pardon”– a reminder that God forgives us completely and loves us beyond our imagining.
Throughout the Bible, the most common greeting shared by people of faith is, “Peace be with you.” We continue this tradition. On particular Sundays, we greet friends, welcome newcomers, and share the peace of Christ with one another.
Anthems & Solos
Through sacred music, we encounter the holy. At PHPC, we experience organ, choral, vocal and instrumental music from many historic periods and cultures, including contemporary music. These selections reflect our diverse community even as they honor the rich traditions and heritage of this historic church.
Just as the pulpit is the focal point of the Sanctuary, the hearing and preaching of the Word provides focus to our worship. We listen and reflect on our faith as the pastor reads from Scripture and then makes relevant connections between God’s Word and the world in which we live.
Affirmation of Faith
Together we give voice to our faith by reciting one of the ancient Christian creeds (such as the Apostles’ Creed), or a passage from the Bible, or perhaps a portion of a more contemporary statement of faith from the Presbyterian Book of Confessions. In this moment we connect with a rich tradition that challenges Christians to answer this question: What is my faith calling me to say and do, given the world in which I live?
Prayers of the People
We offer our concerns and hopes up to God. We pray together for members of this community, for the city and country in which we live, and for the world that God loves.
We give back to God. The monetary offerings of our members and visitors fund the mission and ministry of the church. Each week we also have an Every Dollar Counts offering. Any $1 bills given fund a monthly mission outside of the budget.
In baptism, we welcome new Christians (both children and adults) into the family of faith. We do this by pouring water on their heads and blessing them, a practice that echoes the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Baptism is one of two sacraments in the Presbyterian tradition (the other is Communion). Presbyterians describe baptism as a sign and seal of the grace of God where God claims us as beloved children. Baptism is a communal sacrament that happens within worship where the congregation commits to supporting these new Christians in their life of faith. At PHPC, baptisms take place on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Throughout the year, we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion (known in some traditions as the Eucharist). We re-tell the story of Jesus sharing bread and wine with his disciples at the last supper Then we share the “bread of life” and the “cup of salvation” with one another. At Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church all who long for a relationship with God and seek greater faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to receive communion.
At the conclusion of the service, we are blessed and sent back into the world, encouraged by the good news, empowered to be God’s people, and eager to be about God’s work.