Connecting with the rich traditions of the past, forging a way forward into the future
Worship at Woodland is a little different than many other Baptist churches. We value a rich, liturgical, classical style of worship with an emphasis on excellent music and dynamic, thoughtful preaching. We have a large choir that works hard to lead us in the worship of God every week. Our ministers wear robes out of respect to God, humility in their dress, and as a way of identifying with the broader Christian tradition. We follow the church calendar with seasons such as advent, epiphany, and lent. Most, but not all of the time, we preach from the Lectionary, which means you’ll hear a wide variety of messages from the whole counsel of Scripture. Many other churches in San Antonio do an excellent job with their chosen worship styles, but we hope at Woodland you will find a fresh connection with God through our engaging traditional worship.
Concert with David Portillo
For centuries Christians have been telling the compelling story of Jesus. We do this in many ways: sermons, conversations, art, and song, just to name a few. Another way we tell the story of Jesus, along with thousands of churches across the globe, is joining in the ancient practice of observing the church year. Each year we set aside different seasons to remember different portions of the life of Christ and the purpose of His church. For more information, see the visual representation and explanation below.
Ordinary Time: The “normal” rhythms of the church happen in this long season after Easter and Christmas. “Too often we look for God’s Spirit in the extraordinary when God has promised to be present in the ordinary.” – James K.A. Smith
Advent: The weeks leading up to Christmas help us prepare our hearts, year in and year out, for the arrival of Jesus in the world.
Christmas: More than just December 25, this season helps us celebrate Christ’s coming in a humble manger more than 2,000 years ago.
Lent: Before the triumphant celebration of Christ’s resurrection, we spend a few weeks living in the darkness of Christ’s death.
Holy Week: The week leading up to Easter we take several special opportunities to remember some of the most important events in Jesus’ story.
Easter: The most joyous, glorious celebration of the church! A season of thanksgiving that Christ has risen from the grave, victoriously beating all powers of evil and darkness.
Pentecost: A few weeks after Easter, but before ordinary time, we celebrate the day that God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell among the church.