Worship (Page 19)

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.

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.

Springboard to Prayer

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Spiritual Dis-Ease

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God’s Call

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 Do you have your cell phones with you this morning? Who called you most recently? A family member? Someone at work? The mechanic telling you your car was ready? Or was your most recent phone call from God? Calls from God were what the prophets experienced. Not on cell phones. But […]

Work of the Spirit (Pentecost)

Pentecost May 24, 2015 This morning we read part of the 104th Psalm. Traditionally this psalm is read on Pentecost Sunday, which is today, by the way, and the reason its read on Pentecost Sunday is because of v.30, which says “When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face […]

Imagine the Scripture

May 17, 2015 Psalm 1 John 17:6-19 So Jesus says in the prayer, I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but […]

That Four Letter Word

May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day) 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17   The first time I ever preached a sermon was in my home church of Birmingham, Michigan. I was in high school. It was supposed to be 1/3 of the sermons preached on youth Sunday, with two classmates taking the rest of the time. They […]

Family Matters

    Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Family Matters It is a while after Easter, and Philip is awakened by an angel with an outrageous demand. “Get up!” says the angel, “Go into the middle of the desert at noon.” Even more amazing than the request, Philip just does it. And, […]

Of Sheep and the Shepherd

April 26, 2015 Psalm 23 Who were your role models growing up? You know, the people you patterned your life after? Did you try to follow in the footsteps of your parents, or a neighbor, or a grandparent? What about a professional person, a doctor or lawyer or a teacher? Or a tradesperson you admired? […]

Unlocked Doors

April 19, 2015 Luke 24:36b-48 Taken a trip lately? Take you long to get ready? Pack your bags, get your mail stopped, put the newspaper on hold, and if you’re flying, put all those liquids in a plastic Ziploc bag. If the kids are going along, there are a few more steps. Make sure they […]