Posts tagged Worship
Fall Kick Off Sunday
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Sunday, September 8

Come join us as we kick off the fall and a new year of Sunday School. Our regular worship schedule resumes with services on Sundays at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. as well as Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Sunday School Liftoff, a 10 minute opening with songs, puppets and prayers, takes place in Bailey Hall at 9:50 a.m. Sunday School for children and youth ages 3 (and potty trained) through 12th grade takes place in age appropriate classes from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Click here for more details about classes.

Our new Infant, Toddler & Parent/Caregiver Sunday School class is geared towards birth through 3 year old kids and parents/caregivers meets in the nursery after Liftoff from 10:00-10:45 a.m. There is an age appropriate (and brief) lesson followed by time for kids to plan and parents/caregivers to connect with one another.

The Abiding Table is our adult Sunday School class that meets in Bailey Hall from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Adults get to enjoy breakfast, coffee, and faithful conversation about the day’s topic.

Meredith KeseleyWorship, Children
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!

Worship Assistants Needed

Worship assistants are always needed, but especially during the summer months. Summer is a great time to try out and learn about how to be an usher, greeter, assisting minister, lay reader, communion assistant, acolyte, crucifer or member of the altar guild. If you are willing to serve (we’ll train you on the spot), please email our the church office to get connected to our volunteer worship assistant coordinator.

Outdoor Worship and Picnic
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Sunday, June 2 at 10:15 a.m.

We're worshiping outside on Sunday, June 2 for our annual Outdoor Worship Service and Picnic. There will only be one Sunday morning service at 10:15 a.m. (Saturday worship will happen as usual at 6:00 p.m.) Grab a lawn chair or use one of the many folding chairs we'll have set up. After a 45 minute worship service with Holy Communion, we'll have a picnic. There will be a moonbounce by the playground for the kids. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Each family is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. We welcome all from the community to join us! It's a great service to invite a friend or neighbor to come along.

Worship Schedule this Weekend
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Special Worship Schedule for Weekend of June 1/2

Sunday, June 2

10:15 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service and Picnic
5:30 p.m. Contemplative Worship Service

Saturday, June 1

6:00 p.m. Vespers Service with Holy Communion

A few notes about Sunday’s outdoor service and picnic:

If you’ve never been to the outdoor service and picnic, it’s one of the favorite services of the year! Please plan to bring lawn/camping chairs if you have them. We’ll have folding chairs available if you don’t.

NEW THIS YEAR - Please bring a pop-up tent if you have one, too. Most of the church’s pop-up tents been well used over the years and are no longer functional. It would be great to have a few families bring theirs to help provide shade for everyone during the service.

Adult Contemplative Service

Sunday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a space of stillness, silence, music, and prayer in our quarterly contemplative adult worship service 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.

Summer Worship Schedule
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Our summer worship schedule begins this weekend. We will worship through Labor Day weekend on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.

On Sunday, June 2 we will have only one service at 10:15 a.m. for our annual outdoor service and picnic on lawn. There will be a service on Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. as usual.

Looking Ahead to Next Sunday, May 19

Sunday, May 19

Next Sunday we have 16 young people who will be confirmed at the 11:00 a.m. service. It’s going to be a wonderful and Spirit filled service as the congregation gathers to witness their Affirmation of Baptism. It is also going to be a long service…a really, really long service! We’re planning for an hour-and-a-half to two hours for the 11:00 a.m. service. So, come, but plan accordingly. Our other two services on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:45 a.m. will be normal 60 minute worship services like every other weekend.

Youth Sunday Weekend

April 27 & 28

Youth Sunday Weekend is a beloved Abiding Presence tradition where all of our young people ages three through 12th grade help to write the prayers and lead all aspects of our three regular weekend worship services. Our graduating high school seniors have the chance to offer “Senior Reflections” in place of the sermon. It is always inspiring to watch the faith of our young people come to life through their prayers, reflections and worship leadership. It’s a weekend of worship you don’t want to miss!

David ChavezWorship
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.

Meredith KeseleyWorship
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