Welcome to a Community Worship Experience for All!

Welcome to worship with Richfield United Methodist Church. We know it’s a big step to get up on a Sunday morning and go to a new church for the first time, thank you for coming to see and we hope you have a good experience. Read on for details on sermon podcasts, the current worship series, worship styles and locations, communion, music, options for families with children, and accessibility for both weekly worship services, 9:00am Traditional Worship and 11:00am Living Waters.

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Tuesday, December 24
  4:00 pm Christmas Eve For Children of All Ages with Candlelight (Childcare available)
10:00 pm Christmas Eve with Carols, Communion, and Candlelight

Sermon Podcasts

Senior Pastor Nate Melcher is known for crafting sermons with humor and depth. His preaching weaves closely to a scripture text and features illustrations that appeal across generations. Pastor Nate preaches thematically-linked worship series that are typically 4-7 weeks (catch up on the latest series with sermon podcasts) and the current series is inspired by the Acts of the Apostles. Each sermon offers a mix of pastoral care in the midst of challenge, prophetic vision for a justice-filled world, and a call to action. Pastor Nate preaches the same sermon at both worship services, as do all guest preachers.

Stream, download, and subscribe to sermons podcasts at SoundCloud, or iTunes, or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Worship Series

ACTIVATE is a one-year journey is inspired by Acts of the Apostles to learn from the early church about the church we are today and the church God calls us to be tomorrow. This rich New Testament book is famous for stories like the fiery Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the dramatic conversion of the Apostle Paul, Simon Peter taking bold new steps as a leader, strong women playing vital roles in the early church, and a variety of people bridging their differences. ACTIVATE also flashes back to key moments of the disciples’ time with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and explores two of Paul’s most-powerful letters, Ephesians and Romans. With weekly digital devotional materials, the 8 miniseries of ACTIVATE culminate as your year-long guidepost to dig deep into who you are called to be as a beloved child of God. All are welcome, and all means all.

A Time to Act! – We go out, sent by Jesus to spread love to the whole world. (Acts 1-2)
Calling All Apostles – We share hope, teaching with our Spirit-led experiences. (Acts 3-5)
The Neighborhood – We serve all, walking with Jesus to engage our neighbors. (Acts 5-8)
Invest in the Story – We build up, the Holy Spirit crafting a firm foundation. (Acts 8-9)
Value Love – We value love, with expectation of the arrival of Jesus for the world. (Acts 10-12)

This Advent, on our Sundays journeying toward Christmas, we turn back to Simon Peter as he encounters outsiders and must learn that God values them, too. Believe it or not: grammar matters for this series title! This isn’t a noun – “The Value of Love” – nor is it a gerund-form verb of ongoing action – “Valuing Love.” Instead, it’s the imperative command from God: “[You must] value love.” It’s been said it’s all you need. It’s been said it’s what makes the world go ’round. And it’s been said it’s best when shared. Who taught you to value love? Where has love meant the most in your life? Where has love been in short supply? Who in the world is treated as less valuable? Where is God calling us to love next? This Advent, value love – let it fill your heart and may it be on your tongue and at your fingertips.

December 1 | Acts 10:1-16 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching
God calls us to value expansive love, to see just how far God’s love can stretch out.

December 8 | Acts 10:17-29 with Rev. Ruth Phelps preaching
God calls us to value responsive love, the kind of love that we must be prepared to share.

December 15 | Acts 10:30-48 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching and the Christmas Pageant
God calls us to value inclusive love, welcoming others at the table and yes, even “them!”

December 22 | Acts 11:19-30 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching and a Service of Lessons & Carols
God calls us to value brave love, stepping up to the plate and showing up with our game face.

December 29 | Acts 12:1-24 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching
God calls us to value mysterious love, for love must take many forms for many situations.

A Fresh Start – We partner with a God of second chances. (Acts 13-18 & the Gospel of Luke)
True Grace – We partner with a God of boundless, expansive grace. (Acts 19-20 & Ephesians)
Every Move I Make – We partner with a God who believes in us all. (Acts 21-28 & Romans)

9:00am Traditional Worship
Sanctuary, with Organ and Chancel Choir

Traditional in style and progressive in theology, the Traditional Worship service in the sanctuary features inspiring preaching, moving organ and choir music, uplifting liturgy and prayers, a variety of hymns (traditional and contemporary), and special music from the choir and a variety of special guests. You may sit wherever you like in the sanctuary, a beautiful setting for moving worship.

  • Communion | 1st Sundays of the Month. In the United Methodist Church, we practice open communion. That is to say, we place no barrier between you and the Lord’s Table. All who are seeking the grace of Jesus are welcome. The elements are served through “intinction.” Each person is given a piece of bread which they dip into the communal cup and they then receive the elements together. A gluten-free option is available. If you need assistance, please notify an usher.
  • Music | Hymns and special music are chosen to thematically match the current worship series. Nancy Dierauer plays the beautiful, newly-renovated pipe organ and her prelude (music before worship) and postlude (music after worship) are a weekly highlight for many. Paige Armstrong directs the Chancel Choir with passion, and there is also a Chancel Bell Choir, Children’s Choir, and guest musicians all throughout the year – including the Groth Music Scholarship recipients who offer their signature pieces all summer long.
  • “Children First” Sundays | 1st Sundays of the Month. Children and adults lead worship side-by-side together. Children lead the liturgy and prayers, read the scripture text, and serve Holy Communion, and the Children’s Choir sings special music. There is no Sunday School on Children First Sundays. Nursery Care is still available.
  • Children and Worship | Your family is always welcome in worship! Here are some options to help your family have a good experience during Traditional Worship:
    • The Nook | A Space connected to the Sanctuary, perfect for having a quiet moment.
    • Sacred Ground | A space near the pulpit for Pre-K children to worship the way that young children do as parents/guardians are in the surrounding pews.
    • Time with Children | Children of all ages are welcome to come to the chancel steps to experience a message just for them. Parents/guardians are welcome to join their children.
    • Art Cart | Older children can fill a bag with items in The Nook to bring with you to worship.
    • Sunday School | Following the Time with Children, children are welcome to remain for worship or go to Sunday School.
    • Nursery Care | Children are always welcome, and nursery care is offered in the Caring for Children area for children ages 6 weeks – 3 years old.
    • Nursing Mothers | You may nurse wherever you like. There is also a reserved Nursing Room available near the Library area.
  • Accessibility | Hymn lyrics and liturgy spoken by the people are projected on a large screen to be seen from anywhere in the Sanctuary, from front row to balcony. Pastor Nate’s sermon manuscripts are available the Sunday they’re preached as you enter the Sanctuary. Hearing assistance devices, large-print bulletins, and large-print hymnals are available from the Usher Team. You may enter the Sanctuary by the stairwell (8 stairs) or wheelchair-accessible ramp.

11:00am Living Waters
Harmony Hall, with Living Waters Band

An informal atmosphere, an eclectic blend of secular and spiritual music, and a late-morning time makes Living Waters a unique experience in the neighborhood. Worshipers sit at round tables to connect with each other and there’s a time of community prayer, preaching, and plenty of singing together. This is an intimate gathering in a non-traditional worshiping space.

  • Communion | 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month. In the United Methodist Church, we practice open communion. That is to say, we place no barrier between you and the Lord’s Table. All who are seeking the grace of Jesus are welcome. The elements are served through “intinction.” Each person is given a piece of bread which they dip into the communal cup and they then receive the elements together. A gluten-free option is available. If you need assistance, please notify the presider.
  • Music | Music matches the themes of the day in a mix of traditional hymns, modern and contemporary Christian songs, and a wide variety of secular songs of the past and today. The Living Waters Band is directed by Victor Zupanc (Resident Music Director and Composer at the Tony Award-winning CTC Children’s Theater of Minneapolis). It’s tough not to sing and clap along with the songs new to you and the songs you love.
  • Children and Worship | Your family is always welcome in worship! Here are some options to help your family have a good experience during the Living Waters:
    • Worship | Children of all ages are welcome to worship with their families.
    • Children’s Activities | There is a variety of toys, books, and activities for children, as well as a wide open space for them to get the wiggles out.
    • Art Cart | Fill a bag with items in The Nook (the entry area to the Sanctuary) to bring with you to Harmony Hall for Living Waters worship.
    • Nursing Mothers | You may nurse wherever you like. There is also a reserved Nursing Room available near the Library area.
  • Accessibility | Hymn lyrics and liturgy spoken by the people are projected on a large screen to be seen from anywhere in Harmony Hall. Pastor Nate’s sermon manuscripts are available the Sunday they’re preached as you enter the Sanctuary. Harmony Hall is on the ground level of the building.