Worship

Every Sunday at 10am (Eastern)

August 1, 2021

Zoom Worship Link

Dial in audio: 1.929.205.6099

Meeting ID: 533 469 2118


Joining us for the first time?

When you first connect to online worship via the Zoom link, you'll be in the waiting room. If you're a first time visitor, we'll ask you to complete this form, to help ensure a safe online worship space. Upon arriving in worship, please remember to 'put on your name tag' (change your screen name to reflect who is with you in worship). This is one way we can stay connected and put faces with names during this time of distancing. See you there!


Our services are also live-streamed on our HopeGateWay facebook page. Services are streamed in two parts, before and after our sharing of joys and concerns, for privacy and respect of all who are sharing.


Our worship gatherings are inter-generational, informal, interactive, and sensory-rich, blending classic and contemporary elements. Music includes a mix of music from the global church, contemporary songs with theological integrity and traditional hymns (sometimes with a little twist!)


We welcome newcomers nearly every week. 

We'd be so glad to have you join us!


Throughout the school year, our children's ministry, HopeGateWay Kids, meets Sunday mornings on Zoom at 9:30am. HopeGateWay Kids is for ages 3 through grade 5 Children are invited for engaging, multi-sensory, interactive explorations of the Bible and concepts of faith, through storytelling, music, art, and fun. 



Mid-Week In-Person Worship
Outdoors at Woodfords Congregational Church
Wednesday, August 11 at 6 pm

Join us for a midweek outdoor worship experience on the lawn at our sister church, Woodfords Congregational. We will gather for a brief time of worship with lots of music. Bring a lawn chair and your own communion if that makes you more comfortable, but we will have a safe way of sharing bread and juice for everyone. We hope you will take this opportunity to connect with others who you haven't been able to see over the past year or so. We will have another gathering like this in August at Woodfords as well. Woodfords Congregational Church is located at 202 Woodford Street.



Learn more about our ministries with children and youth here.


Find out about our current worship series here.


Listen to recordings of past sermons here.

Our approach

Our worship strives to be authentic to our ancient faith while employing the rich resources of our contemporary context: digital media and technology, many genres of music, prayer resources from the global church, visual arts, poetry, dance, conversation, and the spoken word, to engage participants by appealing to all the senses. 


Worship is not separate from service in the world, and it's not just something we do for one hour on Sundays. True worship sends us out into a hurting world to be instruments of hope, healing, peace, and justice - and that kind of worship continues 24/7.


Author Frederick Beuchner says, "To worship God means to serve God. Basically there are two ways to do it. One way is to do things for God that God needs to have done: run errands for God, carry messages for God, fight on God's side, feed God's lambs, and so on. The other way is to do things for God that you need to do: sing songs for God, create beautiful things for God, tell God what's on your mind and in your heart, in general rejoice in God and make a fool of yourself for God the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love."


This is what we do in worship: we make fools of ourselves for the one we love. We're renewed and strengthened in the process. And we have fun doing it.

PARKING

Street parking is available on Forest Avenue and many residential streets in the neighborhood. 


Also, free evening and weekend parking is available in our underground parking garage. Just beyond Casco Bay Movers dance studio and Portland Ballet (one unit beyond HopeGateWay), turn into an alley that ramps downward to a garage door.  As you approach the door, you will see a keypad on your left. Use the code 1101* (asterisk), and the door will open.  Park anywhere and take the elevator or stairs to the first floor. Exiting the elevator, walk through the double doors, and you will see HopeGateWay on your right. 


Additionally, a large satellite parking lot is located at 41 Ashmont Street, a three-block walk away.  View map with parking lot directions.