WORSHIP

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

​For Presbyterians, worship involves prayer, music, scripture, preaching, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, offering ourselves, our gifts and our talents back to God, and care for concerns in our community of faith.  
Find out what to expect on Sunday mornings at FPC here.  
Experience a live or archived time of worship and view the order of worship here.

PRAYER

Prayer is at the heart of worship. In prayer, through the Holy Spirit, people seek after and are found by the one true God who has been revealed in Jesus Christ. They listen and wait upon God, call God by name, remember God’s gracious acts, and offer themselves to God. Prayer may be spoken, sung, offered in silence, or enacted. Prayer grows out of the center of a person’s life in response to the Spirit. Prayer is shaped by the Word of God in Scripture and by the life of the community of faith. Prayer issues in commitment to join God’s work in the world. (Book of Order, W-2.1001)

SCRIPTURE AND PREACHING

The church confesses the Scriptures to be the Word of God written, witnessing to God’s self-revelation. Where that Word is read and proclaimed, Jesus Christ the Living Word is present by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. For this reason the reading, hearing, preaching, and confessing of the Word are central to Christian worship.  
(Book of Order, W-2.2001).

The preached Word or sermon is based upon the written Word. It is a proclamation of Scripture in the conviction that through the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ is present to the gathered people, offering grace and calling for obedience ... the sermon presents the gospel with simplicity and clarity.  (Book of Order, W-2.2007)

Meet our ministers here

SACRAMENTS

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

The Sacrament of Baptism is the sign and seal of inclusion in God's grace and covenant with the Church, and is the foundational recognition of Christian commitment. Baptism, both infant and adult, is celebrated in a service of public worship and is administered by an ordained minister. Through infant baptism, parents affirm their commitment to raise their children in a Christian home and provide for their spiritual needs. The congregation also pledges to assist in nurturing the children. The Sacrament of Baptism may be scheduled for administration during the morning worship service the second, third, fourth or fifth Sundays of the month.

The Lord's Supper, is the sign and seal of communion with the crucified and risen Lord and of God's saving grace. It is a time for thanksgiving, remembering, invocation and reconciliation, a time for participants to commit afresh to love and serve God, each other, and our neighbors in the world. All who are baptised are welcome to participate. Corporate communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month and on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.

Please e-mail the church office to schedule the administration of the Sacrament of Baptism or request the administration of the Scrament of the Lord's Supper for a homebound member of our worshiping community.

MUSIC

Song is a response which engages the whole self in prayer. Song unites the faithful in common prayer wherever they gather for worship whether in church, home, or other special place ... through the ages and from varied cultures, the church has developed additional musical forms for congregational prayer. To lead the congregation in the singing of prayer is a primary role of the choir and other musicians. They also may pray on behalf of the congregation with introits, responses, and other musical forms. Instrumental music may be a form of prayer since words are not essential to prayer. In worship, music is not to be for entertainment or artistic display. (Book of Order, W-2.1003; W-2.1004).

​The Word is also proclaimed through song in anthems and solos based on scriptural texts, in cantatas and oratorios which tell the biblical story, in psalms and canticles, and in hymns, spirituals, and spiritual songs which present the truth of the biblical faith. Song in worship may also express the response of the people to the Word read, sung, enacted, or proclaimed. Drama and dance, poetry and pageant, indeed, most other human art forms are also expressions through which the people of God have proclaimed and responded to the Word. (Book of Order, W-2.2008).

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir leads music at Sunday worship services, September through Pentecost, and other additional Advent, Christmastide, Lenten and Easter services. The Sanctuary choir often performs with guest instrumentalists and string or brass ensembles.  Contact Bethany Jennings, director of music ministries, to sing in the Sanctuary Choir!

Sanctuary Ringers

Sanctuary Ringers, a handbell ensemble comprised of youth and adults, performs from Advent through Pentecost on a five-octave set of Malmark Handbells and Handchimes. The ensemble rehearses Wednesday evenings.  Contact Bethany Jennings, director of music ministries, to volunteer to join the Sanctuary Ringers!

The handbell and handchime collection includes instruments by Malmark and White Chapel. The complete Malmark collection underwent complete restoration by Malmark Bellcraftsmen over the course of summer 2012.

Sanctuary Casavant and Chapel Allen-Schlicker Pipe Organs

View the Casavant Organ specifications.