WORSHIP PREVIEW: We gather for the second Sunday of Advent, as we continue our Unrelenting Grace series. Our Scripture this week will be Isaiah 40.1-5 and 2 Peter 3.8-15a, as we consider our theme: Peace. Peace is a hard subject when we look at the state of the world. It’s even a hard subject when we consider our own personal relationships, where it’s not easy to keep peace. We’ll notice what Advent has to say to us about this subject. We hope you’ll join in.  Follow along with our Order of Worship.


Most Recent Worship Service

If you’re visiting when we aren’t “live,” you can worship anytime with our most recent worship service. You can also find all our prior services on YouTube at this link.

Worship December 3, 2023
Unrelenting Grace

WORSHIP PREVIEW: Advent begins on Sunday as we focus on Unrelenting Grace throughout this season. For this first Sunday, our theme is Hope, and we’ll consider what hope looks like, based on Isaiah 64.1-19 and Genesis 1.27. We’ll light the first Advent candle, we’ll hear from our choir, and we’ll celebrate the longtime ministry and impending retirement of our beloved administrative coordinator, Sheila Madsen. We hope you’ll join.  You may follow along with our Order of Worship.

Join us in person

We’d love to welcome you in person. We have ample parking and you can enter from the east doors (under the carport) with no steps or from the lower doors on the north side, and walk up the steps to the sanctuary.

An informal time of fellowship with coffee and occasional treats happens after worship, in the Fellowship Hall right next to the sanctuary. It’s a great chance to connect with a new friend!

Young children are welcome to stay with you in worship. We have some ‘activity bags’ that may help keep them occupied. Nursery care is also available during worship for children under the age of four.

What to Expect

We worship in a semi-traditional style, with an organ alongside piano most weeks and sometimes a guitar, handbells, and other instruments. We sing from the hymnal and also incorporate newer songs and melodies, seeking to express and connect with the worship theme, the moment we’re in, and the people with us in person and by Livestream.

During most seasons, we’ll follow a theme for four to six weeks, usually based on the lectionary or a book or theme of the Bible.

We offer Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month, and occasionally at other times. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table who are seeking to grow in faith. We understand Holy Communion as a means of grace by which we may be brought closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.. You do not have to be a member of Valley or even baptized. You are welcome.
If you have young children, we offer a nursery for children under 4.

Thursday Exhale

For several weeks since the start of 2022, we offered a worshipful gathering on Thursday evenings at 7:00 that’s intended to offer some space to breathe. This program is on hold right now but will likely return later in the year. We’d include some music, a bit of Scripture, time to consider some simple questions, a little prayer, and sometimes a ritual to connect us with our faith roots or our own spirit. Check back for future opportunities.

Valley United Methodist Church
4201 Ashworth Road West Des Moines, Iowa 50265



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