Posts tagged Worship
Easter Off-Site Parking
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GUESTS: Please feel free to park in our parking lot, located just off of Britford Drive. Tap here for maps and directions.

MEMBERS & REGULAR ATTENDERS: If you are able, please utilize our special Easter offsite parking at the Burke School parking lot to help welcome our guests!
Set your GPS to

9645 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015 (tap for Google Maps)

From there, either take our shuttle bus (runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) to/from the church building, or just walk on the sidewalk and cross Lee Chapel Road at the 7-Eleven (see dotted line on this map). We have hired an off-duty police officer to ensure everyone can safely cross Lee Chapel Road.

Easter Sunday
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Sunday, April 21

8:30 a.m. - Contemporary Service
10:00 a.m. - Traditional Service
11:15 a.m. - Traditional Service
(with sign language interpretation)
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Petting Zoo on the Lawn

All are welcome! More information is available here.

Join the Adult Choir for Holy Week

Even if you don't normally participate in our adult choir, you are invited to be part of it for Holy Week and Easter. The choir will be singing on Palm/Passion Sunday (April 14) at the 11:00 AM service, Maundy Thursday (April 18) at the 7:45 PM service, Good Friday (April 19) at the 7:45 PM service, and Easter Sunday (April 21) at the 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM services!

All adults and high school youth are welcome to sing. Middle school youth can sing, too, with the Music and Worship Minister’s permission. Rehearsals (with snacks afterward!) to participate in choir for Holy Week are on:

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9:00 PM

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30-9:00 PM

Saturday, April 20, 10:00-11:30 AM

Sheet music and part-by-part practice tracks (for learning the individual voice parts even if you don't read music!) are available at starting April 1. Questions? Talk to David Chavez, Music and Worship Minister, after church or email him.

Midweek Lenten Worship
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Mondays from 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

There are two opportunities to take a pause out of your week this Lenten season for worship, prayer and reflection. Both services include Holy Communion. Come to one or both as part of your Lenten discipline.

Pajama Sunday this Sunday
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This Sunday, March 10

The beginning of Daylight Savings Time and the loss of an hour of sleep can be a real bummer and make it hard to get up for church. This year, however, we’re making it something to celebrate. Join us for our first ever Abiding Presence Pajama Sunday! Kids (and adults if they want, too) are invited to wear their pajamas or other comfortable clothes to church and Sunday School. Sleep in, roll out of bed and come on over for worship. Daylight Savings Time is a Sunday you don’t want to miss!

Ash Wednesday Worship
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This Wednesday, March 6
Worship Services at 12:00 noon & 7:45 p.m.
Children’s Worship Service at 6:45 p.m.

The Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday with services of the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

The OWLs (Older, Wiser Lutherans) will meet following our 12:00 noon Ash Wednesday service. More information is available here.

The Children’s Ash Wednesday worship service is geared toward preschool and elementary school age children, although all ages of kids and adults are welcome to attend. There is a pizza dinner prior to the service at 6:00 p.m.

Meredith KeseleyWorship
Contemplative Worship Service—Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a space of stillness, silence, music, and prayer in our first quarterly contemplative adult worship service—Sunday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. In Psalm 46, we hear “Be Still and Know that I am God.” Being still, though it sounds simple, is really a tall order in our fast-paced world of Northern Virginia! So come as you are, set down your load of worries, cares and to-do lists and just be present with God and one another. Contact Pastor Heidi with any questions and invite others who may enjoy a calm and quiet space to pause and reflect (plus another opportunity to walk the labyrinth).

David ChavezWorship, Music
Adult Choir Rehearsals — Open to All!

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get more involved in church? To sing more? To get closer to God in worship? Or, do you just love to sing? Our adult choir is open, and fun!

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from September to May. During rehearsals, we sing the music for upcoming Sundays and special events, going over any tricky parts bit by bit. We also laugh a lot, and eat delicious snacks!

The choir sings music of all eras, from Medieval and Renaissance to contemporary, accompanied by varied instrumentation (a cappella, organ/piano, orchestra, etc.). As worship leaders during the Sunday morning 11:00 traditional service and various special services, the choir is integral to supporting congregational participation in worship. If you love to sing, this is a great way to be involved! Choir is open to all adults, high school students, and (with director permission) middle schoolers.

Learn more at

ENewsDavid ChavezMusic, Worship
"Labyrinth Week" at Abiding Presence

Maybe you've heard of "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel, but you probably haven't heard of "Labyrinth Week" at Abiding Presence! Join us for our first ever "Labyrinth Week," as we start the new year with an opportunity to embrace an ancient form of prayer.  

"The labyrinth is a sacred place set aside for you to reflect, look within, pray, negotiate new behavior. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, empties the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. Follow the pace your body wants to go." (Read more about it at It is an active way of praying and being in conversation with God. 

We will be bringing in a full size labyrinth and be setting it up in the sanctuary. The labyrinth is one of the ways we are looking to fulfill our vision this year of providing opportunities for people to experience "Sabbath rest" in the midst of our busy lives. 

There's no experience necessary to walk the labyrinth. It is an equally powerful experience for people who are new on their faith journey and people who have been on it a while. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Keseley.

**Please note that shoes and bare feet are not allowed on the labyrinth, so wear or bring a pair of socks**

Labyrinth 101

Monday, January 28 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, January 29 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

Kick off "Labyrinth Week" at Abiding Presence with Pastor Keseley as we gather to learn about the ancient prayer practice of labyrinth walking, walk the labyrinth and then reflect on the experience together. 

Morning Prayer around the Labyrinth

Tuesday, January 29 from 7:00-7:30 a.m. AND/OR Thursday, January 31 from 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Gather around the labyrinth for a brief service spoken service of morning prayer followed by the chance to walk the labyrinth in prayer. 

Open Labyrinth Times

Monday, January 28 from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, January 29 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, January 30 from  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 31 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The sanctuary will be open for quiet labyrinth walking at any of the above times. Self-guided resources will be available for those who would like to use them.

And, coming Feb. 10, our first quarterly Contemplative Worship Service:

Meredith KeseleyWorship
A Word about the Weather

If you have listened to the weather recently, you know there is talk of snow this weekend. At this point, we anticipate holding services as scheduled. If there is a need to cancel Sunday School and the Abiding Table, we will do so by 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning and announce it on our Facebook page, website and with a congregational email. If more snow comes in than predicted and we need to make a decision about worship, we will announce on those same platforms.

We are putting plans in place to keep the parking lots and sidewalks clear for anyone who can safely make it to church if there is snow. If you are willing to be part of the Sunday morning snow shoveling team, please contact Pastor Keseley or simply show up with a snow shovel in hand.

If there is snow, then be sure to check our Facebook page as we will likely “go live” Sunday morning with our worship services so you can tune in from home. If there’s a LOT of snow then we might even go for an “Abiding in the Snow 2.0” video service.

Stay tuned and stay safe!

Looking for a Church Home? There's a Place for You Here!
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There are lots of reasons people look for a church home. Sometimes it is because of a move, a life event or a transition. It could be that you keep hearing that still, small voice of God in your heart or have a nagging feeling that maybe there's more to life than what you are currently experiencing. Maybe you want to find a community and friends. Perhaps you have a child who you would like to have baptized or are recently engaged and looking for a church in which you can get married. You (or your kids) might have big questions about God and are looking for answers. Whatever your reason, we're glad that you are looking for a church home and we're especially glad you are looking at Abiding Presence! 

Each weekend in worship at the time of Holy Communion you will hear our pastors say, "This is the Lord's Table and all are welcome here." When we say all, we really do mean ALL. No matter who you are, where you have been or what you are up to now, you will find a place of welcome in this faith community. 

We worship at three worship services each weekend - Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. (the late service moves to 11:00 a.m. on September 9). Each service has its own distinct feeling to it, which means there is probably a service here that fits the style of worship that connects most with you. You can read more about our different services here.

Our church is filled with people of all ages and offers an intergenerational experience. We have lots of babies, lots of retired people and a whole bunch of people of all ages in between. At Abiding Presence, we think one of the unique opportunities the church offers is the chance for people of different ages and backgrounds to come together as a faith family. 

If you have questions, need support on your faith journey or just want to learn a bit more about the church, Pastor Keseley, our Senior Pastor, would be happy to connect with you. We hope to see you at Abiding Presence soon!

ENewsMeredith KeseleyWorship
"O Come Let us Adore Him"

Sunday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Merry Christmas! The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it. This is the promise and the hope of Christmas. Join us for worship this weekend at one service on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. as we continue the celebration of Christ’s birth. There will be Christmas carols, the continuation of the Christmas story and Holy Communion. Our professionally staffed nursery will be open during the service. There will be no Saturday service, Sunday School or Abiding Table this weekend.

Christ is Coming...Again!

I love Advent! It is my favorite season of the entire church year. It is a time of watching and waiting, preparing and hoping. Together, we cling to God’s promise that Christ will come again. Advent is the season in which we recognize that God will have the last word over the mess of creation and the muck of our lives. These four weeks before Christmas are filled with promise and hope for our futures. Advent is my most wonderful time of the year! 

During my pre-pastor and early-pastor days, I was an advent purest. I thought Christmas carols shouldn’t be sung until the Christmas Eve service, decorations should wait until as long as possible to be put up and that there should be a clear distinction between the four weeks of Advent and the 12 days of Christmas.

But then, something happened. I started looking around and realizing that we (the church) were missing out on a huge opportunity! Our culture was spending the whole month of December (and November and most of October, too) teaching people the meaning of Christmas - bargain shopping, snowmen, decorations, cookies, songs about jingle bells - and the church was relatively silent.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good cyber Monday sale like everyone else. Christmas cookies, jingle bells and Santa Claus are all part of my family’s celebrations, but they aren’t the meaning of Christmas. They aren’t why we celebrate.

I’ll confess that this year I started listening to Christmas music in mid-November. I still love Advent. I continue to cling to this season of promise and hope that assures us that God is not yet done with us or our world. Christ is coming…again! Thank goodness! It is abundantly clear that the world as it is today is not the world God would have it to be.

BUT, I also believe the church needs to reclaim its role of teaching about the meaning of Christmas. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. This is a powerful and important message that the world needs to hear…now!

So, starting this week we’ll slip a Christmas carol or two into our worship. We’ll begin looking at not only the promises of Advent, but the promises of Christmas, too, through the eyes of people like Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary.

Indeed, Christ is coming…again! The babe born in Bethlehem was the beginning, not the end, of God’s kingdom coming near. As people of faith, we live in the tension of this in-between time when Christ has come and when Christ will come again. We are Advent people. We are Christmas people. We are God’s people who trust that God has come, God is here and God is not yet done.

Advent Jazz Vespers
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Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a special Advent Jazz Vespers service featuring the arrangements of veteran arranger/trumpeter Craig Fraedrich (learn more about Craig’s music and take a listen at It’s a great way to get ready for Christ’s coming with quality music in a relaxed worship service!

Craig Fraedrich - trumpet
Jacob Pembelton - bass
Quinn Sherman - drums
Jacob Aguglia - vocals
David Chávez - piano

Invite a friend on Facebook.

Before and after the service, make a positive impact in the world by starting your Christmas shopping at the Fair Trade Christmas Market in the Narthex (provided by our local Lutheran-owned Fair Trade Winds store)!

Meredith KeseleyWorship
Special Worship Opportunities During the Season of Advent

Advent is the season of promise and hope. It is not only a season of preparing for Christmas, but also a time of actively watching and waiting for Christ to come again. Throughout Advent we have special opportunities for worship as we pray, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Advent Jazz Vespers
Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.

The service will feature a Jazz Combo led by Craig Fraedrich, a Christmas market by Fair Trade Winds and a dessert reception in the narthex. See the event page for more details.

Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.

We invite you to gather with us for a time of quiet reflection and stillness with God and each other. We realize that not everyone is filled with "holiday cheer" this time of year. Illness, death, the loss of a job, a change in family traditions and lots of other things can leave us struggling. This service recognizes what can be hard about the holidays and offers the opportunity for healing and hope. The service will be about 45 minutes and will include Holy Communion. Childcare will be provided in our professionally staffed nursery.

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Advent Evensong
Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m.

The tradition of choral evensong dates back to the time of the Reformation. This service will feature chants based on the tune of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and music by the Abiding Presence Adult Choir and Handbell ensembles.

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 16 at 8:45 a.m.

The children and youth of Abiding Presence's music ensembles will bring the Christmas story to life through drama and song. All are welcome at this special worship service that includes the singing of Christmas carols, the Christmas drama and Holy Communion. See the event page for more details.

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Great and Wondrous Mystery Cantata
Saturday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m.

An original cantata inspired by the ancient Orthodox hymn of the same name featuring guest soloists with members of the Abiding Presence Chamber Orchestra.

Service of Lessons, Carols and Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m.

(One Service Only this Sunday. There will be no Sunday School or Abiding Table.)