Worship at Woodland might best be described as liturgical but informal. While there are printed prayers and responses which the congregation reads aloud or sings during the service, there is also a significant amount of spontaneity, especially in the sharing of prayer concerns and celebrations but also frequently during the sermon, which often takes the form of a dialogue or discussion.
Instrumental music is provided mostly by our 1918 Austin pipe organ, rebuilt in 1988, but often includes other intruments as well: piano, guitar, string quartet, trumpet, flute, brass ensemble, harpsichord. Hymns are mostly in the traditional style but very often have a more contemporary text and, with rare exceptions for some older hymns, always employ inclusive language.
Inclusive language is also used throughout the liturgy, prayers, and sermon.
While we do not use silence as much as do the Quakers or Buddhists, we do value silence as an important form of religious and spiritual experience, and seek to incorporate it significantly in our worship.