Worship With Us

Sunday Worship

Join us this Sunday at 11:30am in the Sanctuary at our shared campus. Extra parking is available across Oltorf at Travis High School.

From the Struggle for LGTBQ Authenticity

August 20, 2017

Rev. Kyle Walker

"I would like to share my journey within the Presbyterian Church as a gay man beginning with the 1991 Report on Human Sexuality produced by our national assembly, through my doubts about the Christian and Presbyterian expressions of faith, all the way to today where ordination and marriage are fully permitted in our tradition.  My story is one of working within the tradition of my heart to make room first for myself but then to have a position to advocate for a place for those yet to find the fullness, even privilege, I have found and also to advocate for healing and justice for those harmed by historic church and societal policy."

Rev Walker grew up in Denton and Canyon, Texas and has been a lifelong Presbyterian. He received an undergraduate degree in History and Education from West Texas A&M University in 1994, his Masters in Divinity from Louisville (KY) Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1997 and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2011. He has served churches in Kentucky and Texas as well as 14 years as the Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, and UCC chaplain at Texas A&M in College Station. Hewill celebrate 20 years of ordained ministry on August 24, 2017. His partner Nelis is from Johannesburg, South Africa and he is a professor of statistics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They both enjoy science fiction and travel. They recently took part together in the March for Science in DC and share a passion for the compatibility of faith and science.

Serenity Service

Join us for an interfaith service of music, readings, candles, and silence every third Friday of the month at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary on our shared campus.

Upcoming Sunday Sermons

Our worship theme for January through June 2017 will be “Reaching in to Reach Out; Reaching Back to Reach Forward”. The purpose of this theme is to help each of us as individuals and Wildflower as a community to deeply connect our inner values (reaching in) to our lived experience (reaching out) and deeply connect our rich Liberal Religious tradition (reaching back) to community action in the wider world (reaching forward). We will be exploring this challenging theme in all our aspects of our church life: our worship services, religious education programming, community outreach and social justice.


August 20: Rev. Kyle Walker

From the Struggle for LGTBQ Authenticity

"I would like to share my journey within the Presbyterian Church as a gay man beginning with the 1991 Report on Human Sexuality produced by our national assembly, through my doubts about the Christian and Presbyterian expressions of faith, all the way to today where ordination and marriage are fully permitted in our tradition.  My story is one of working within the tradition of my heart to make room first for myself but then to have a position to advocate for a place for those yet to find the fullness, even privilege, I have found and also to advocate for healing and justice for those harmed by historic church and societal policy."

Rev Walker grew up in Denton and Canyon, Texas and has been a lifelong Presbyterian. He received an undergraduate degree in History and Education from West Texas A&M University in 1994, his Masters in Divinity from Louisville (KY) Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1997 and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2011. He has served churches in Kentucky and Texas as well as 14 years as the Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, and UCC chaplain at Texas A&M in College Station. Hewill celebrate 20 years of ordained ministry on August 24, 2017. His partner Nelis is from Johannesburg, South Africa and he is a professor of statistics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They both enjoy science fiction and travel. They recently took part together in the March for Science in DC and share a passion for the compatibility of faith and science.

August 27: Rev. Brian Ferguson and Julica Hermann de la Fuente

Moving Beyond White Protestant Worship

Wildflower Church has set as one of its major goals to become a more multicultural community. Sounds good but what does this mean with regards to changes in the life of our church and ourselves as individuals. Most of us have elements of worship that are deeply meaningful to us and perhaps some elements we do not care for as much. Our worship service is the first experience many people have of Unitarian Universalism therefore is an important expression of our values and who we are culturally. This worship service will explore how we can become more respectfully multi-cultural in our worship services to help promote our core aspirations as Unitarian Universalists.


All services start at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. After the service, please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the Wildflower Church Community Room.

Music

Choir Director and Pianist: Elke Baitis

It is said, “You can’t be all things to all people,” but when it comes to music at Wildflower Church, we certainly try! The Wildflower Choir was formed at the same time Wildflower Church began having services, in 2001. We have continued with the Choir singing two Sundays a month, and on the other Sundays, other Wildflower and guest musicians have provided an array of music genres, including classical, folk, blues, rock, show tunes, gospel and mariachi. The Music Team also coordinates music for the Serenity Service.

Our Wildflower musicians include Jason Crow, Kenn Wells, Steve Brooks, Dana McBride, Demethia McVea and our intern minister, Erin Walter. Other Wildflower musicians also contribute to our services. We invite anyone interested in joining the choir or providing music for a worship service to contact us. Contact Elke at music@wildflowerchurch.org.

What to Expect on Sunday Morning

Finding Us

We worship at Faith Presbyterian, our space sharing partner. See the bottom of the page for a map and directions. Their campus is laid out around a courtyard. To find the sanctuary, look for the entrance with two sets of blue-framed glass double doors.

Accessibility

If you have accessibility needs, there is ramp access to all entrances at the Faith campus. If you'd like to have more info ahead of time, please email facilities@wildflowerchurch.org. You can also ask ushers for information and assistance on-site.

Entering Worship

Once inside the vestibule, look for the membership table, where you can tell us more about yourself and learn more about Wildflower and Unitarian Universalism. Don't forget to pick up a hymnal and Order of Service on your way in!

Click to learn more about childcare and children's religious education.

Services Themselves

Our services usually run about an hour, usually with a 15-25 minute sermon or a series of homilies. Sermons and homilies can be responsive to current events, ethical, historical, social justice-themed, all of the above, and more. We light a chalice, the symbol of our faith, at the beginning of worship, and extinguish it at the close. We sing hymns and often have choral music and/or guest musicians. We often applaud during church. We have a time for all ages, a time for prayer and meditation, and we sometimes explore varied world religious traditions.

Fellowship Hour

After worship, we gather for coffee and snacks in the Wildflower Community Room in the building to the left of the sanctuary (follow the crowd), where you can also retrieve your children. Fellowship Hour is a great time to meet Wildflowers and fellow visitors and talk about anything and everything!

The Worship Team

The Worship team works with the minister, any guest speakers, the Music team, Facilities, and more to put together cohesive, inspiring worship services, including Serenity services as well as the Sunday service, and any new way of doing church. Their team mission is to ensure that every worship service is carefully planned and conducted so that congregants have fulfilling worship experiences; and to support the minister in providing meaningful, creative worship that invites our members forward on their spiritual journeys.

Contact the team about your ideas or a desire to participate at worship@wildflowerchurch.org.

New Ways of Doing Church

Wildflower has been exploring the concept of expanding what it means to “do church,” from how we think of worship services and religious education to how we think about congregations. We’ve listed some resources as food for thought.