A Place For You
Worship has been defined as the response of the people to the movement of God in their lives. At its best, worship invites us into the unfolding mystery of God, to listen and talk with God, and give our lives to God who empowers us to do the work of Christ in the world.
Each Sunday worship is developed around a four-fold worship which reflects the style of the earliest Christians.
First we ‘Gather’ with prelude music, news of the community, greeting one another, songs that open us to God, opening prayer, and a story for the children.
Second we ‘Open to the Word’ through readings from the Scripture and proclamation of the Word by our pastor.
Third is ‘Responding to the Word’ as we respond to the good news with song, offertory, and prayers from the community and for the world.
Fourth we ‘Go Forth’ with hope and joy with a song and blessing.
Two worship opportunities – September through June we offer two track worship with a traditional worship at 9:00 a.m.. Music is eclectic drawing upon our rich tradition of church music and includes hymns and spiritual songs accompanied by organ and piano and anthems sung by the choir. Our 11:00 a.m. worship is our Celebrative service with a relaxed, informal upbeat feel. Each week our elementary age and younger children are involved in the first 15 minutes of worship with a special children’s story (which adults enjoy listening in on!). Youth regularly share their gifts. Music is led by our praise team and reflects an eclectic mix of contemporary and world music. During the summer (mid-June through August) we have one worship at 10:00 a.m. with a blending of the music from our contemporary and traditional services.
Rituals of worship – These include Baptism for those who make a profession of faith through the ancient act of immersion. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month where we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and we open ourselves to the mystery of God’s presence. Communion includes a Ritual of Anointing and Healing where the pastor offers a one-on-one opportunity of anointing and prayer of healing for oneself, others, and the world. Anointing is rooted in the tradition of the Hebrew and New Testament scripture.
Worship at FBC is participatory – We welcome participants of the church of all ages, to serve through reading of scripture, offering prayer, sharing gift of music (instrumental and vocal), liturgical dance, art, drama, sharing testimony, tech team (sound, projector, video), ushering, and greeting. Contact our pastor, music minister or church office if you’d like to share in worship. Twice a month, worship leadership is provided at the 11 a.m. by youth and children of the church.
Liturgical Seasons – At FBC we move in rhythm with the seasons of the early Christians. Advent prepares us for Christmas, Epiphany opens us the presence of Jesus, Lent prepares us for the joy of Easter, and Pentecost reminds us to look for the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. Beautiful banners in our sanctuary offer distinct colors and art work for each season in the life of our church. Our focus on seasons helps us be more attentive to the work of God in and around us.
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