PROGRAM AND FACILITIES
Founded in 1794, the congregation of Market Square Church has worshiped in its current building since 1860. The Romanesque Revival architecture makes a soaring statement and provides a worthy space for the worship of God.
Market Square Church is the only remaining Civil War-era building on the square. Among its distinctive features are stained glass windows, one of the Ascension of Christ from the Tiffany Company of New York City, one by Mary Tillinghast, a pioneering woman stained glass artist, and a spectacular English window depicting the moment of the Resurrection of Christ. (Read more about all of the church’s stained glass here.)
Used with the permission of Maryn Trowbridge.
The congregation is devoted to worship through fine preaching and music. Music is enhanced by several fine musical instruments, including the 83-rank, four manual J. Nedra Schilling Organ/Orgues Létourneau Opus 136 pipe organ (2021), a Steinway grand piano, a harpsichord, and a portative organ. The Sanctuary Choir sings each Sunday and presents special services throughout the year, sometimes with a small orchestra. Individual instruments like harp, flute and oboe are often included. The Market Square Ringers present handbell music on a regular basis.
The recently-established Arts on the Square is a series of visual and musical arts presented by congregational, local, national, and international artists and performers in our sanctuary and the Arts on the Square Gallery in Geneva Hall.
Throughout its history, the congregation has attempted to serve God and others through ministry to the poor and homeless; missions around the world; and through social justice activities, including those of environmental concerns and racism. Each of these presents an opportunity to interact with and serve our community.
The church is host to the International Service Center, a multicultural community-based non-profit organization that promotes, supports and implements educational, cultural, social, and economic programs to serve the disadvantaged and underprivileged people, enabling them to become self-supporting and productive members of our pluralistic society.
Recent initiatives have confirmed the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life of the congregation and seek to foster personal spiritual growth through such activities as The Room for the Inner Way, a room that is peaceful and relaxing where members and guests can spend time in silent prayer or meditation or participate in quiet programs.
Join us in the worship of God
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Korean Language Service (In-person in the Chapel.) The Reverend Ki Nam Lee’s Korean language sermon will be posted here / 이기남 목사의 한국어 설교가 여기에 게시됩니다. www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6wErNFfDWz41-3DHUMzHg.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. English Language Service (In-person worship has resumed in the sanctuary. Masking and social distancing are required.) The service with choir is heard on 960 AM and 102.9 FM Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Each Sunday's bulletin is available at www.marketsquarechurch.org/bulletins, and a recording of the service is available later on Sunday afternoons at www.marketsquarechurch.org/past-services.
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