Worship Services

Worship at First Church

We worship God because God's love has created us, saved us, and blessed us with more than we can imagine.  Worship is our response to that love.  Our worship is offered on a weekly basis to help us keep our relationship with God strong and to inspire us to continue growing up into the full stature of Christ Jesus.

Worship is offered twice on Sundays:  8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  We welcome and expect guests at any of these services, so come on and join us!  People dress in varied style from casual to fairly formal.  You will be welcomed however you choose to dress.

Early risers will appreciate the 8:30 a.m. service.  This service is informal and includes favorite hymns and occasional special music by folks in our congregation.  Words to the songs are projected on a screen, and the Word of God is presented by our pastor.  The tone of this service is joyful and casual.

The 10:30 a.m. service is the one we have been hosting the longest, and because of that, it has been our greatest effort to provide the highest quality of praise.  We order our worship out of obedience to the New Testament's mandate that everything be done "in order."  Therefore, there will be an order of worship printed in a worship folder made available to each worshiper.  The music is led by our staff, including our organist, Bill Elliott, and the chancel choir, composed of volunteers led by Jack Goins.  Children serve as acolytes who bring the light of Christ into the room at the beginning of the service, and lead it out before us at the end.  There will also be a short children's message during the service most days.  Children are then dismissed for Children's Church led by our Children's Director and volunteers.  The pastor leads us in prayer and presents God's Word.  We sing hymns and choruses from a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary sources.  Occasionally we celebrate Holy Communion together and witness baptism at the font.  We aim for this service to feel dignified without being stuffy.  

Special Seasonal Worship

In December we prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth through a series of special Sundays which are given the title "Advent," during which time we mark time with a wreath of four purple candles that help us remember the faith, hope, joy and love which came into the world when God sent Jesus to be born in a manger.  On Christmas Eve we celebrate the birth of Christ with a special candle-light service of Holy Communion and singing.  

During the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ's Resurrection in spring we enter a series of special services during a season the church calls "Lent."  During this time we focus on the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.  We mark the beginning of this season with a service on Ash Wednesday when we use ashes ceremonially as folks did in Old Testament days in an act of repentance.  The week before Easter Sunday is called "Holy Week," and is a culmination of our Lenten weeks, during which time we remember in special worship the journey of Jesus to the cross, with special emphasis on the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples on what we call "Maundy Thursday," and through remembrance of the crucifixion on "Good Friday."  

Other special services may be held throughout the year as revival or renewal meetings, and other special days.  We always invite anyone who would like to join us in our worship, even if you aren't ready to call yourself a disciple of Jesus.  We also practice an "open table" at Holy Communion, welcoming anyone who is willing to come to participate in the meal of bread and juice which represents Jesus' broken body and shed blood.  We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October) and Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday.  If you participate in Holy Communion and are not baptized, we would hope you would set up an appointment with our pastor to talk about what this meal means, and find out how you can become baptized.  

   July 2019   
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