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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12.14.14 Waiting with the Shepherds from John Paul Bierly on Vimeo. 2 Sam 5:1-5 Luke 2:8-14 5:1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their […]
12.07.14 Waiting with John the Baptist from John Paul Bierly on Vimeo. Scripture: John 1:29-37 I have a friend who told me he’d never been to an art museum, but he’d like to go to one. We were looking at a copy of a painting of Simeon in the Temple, and Simeon is holding the […]
Scripture: Luke 2:22-28 22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and […]
Luke 17:11-19 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, […]
November 16, 2014 Scripture Romans 12:9-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-8; 14:12 This is Celebration Sunday, and since you have probably sat through a stewardship sermon once or twice before, you might guess what’s coming. After all, there are only so many approaches we can take when it comes to getting ready for the coming fiscal […]
Scripture: 1 Thess 4:13-18; Psalm 70 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who […]
October 28, 2014 Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 22:34-46 11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners […]
Scripture: Matthew 20:10-16; 1 John 3:21-24 21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and […]