Worship (Page 20)

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.

Easter Morning

April 5, 2015 Psalm 118:19-24, John 20:1-18 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They […]

Parody of a King

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 Psalm 11:-26-29 Mark 11:1-11 History is replete with the actions of conquerors. When Caesar returned to Rome in 48 bc, he led a hardened army into the city to defy his enemies. When George Patton conquered Northern Sicily during WW II he arrived in Messina before the British could get […]

A Path to Death

Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-26 Jaques, in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, says, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” I don’t know if that’s true for everyone, but I know I’ve played the […]

Believe and Live

John 3:14-21 Believe and Live 4th Sunday in Lent March 15, 2015 You will be transformed. You will be changed. You will be saved. That’s the message of John’s gospel. It proclaims that Jesus is divine and human, God incarnate, who has come into the world. The scripture proclaims that as we believe in Christ […]

Stop Being a Duck

March 8, 2015 Lent 3 Amos 5:21-24; John 2:13-22 Stop Being a Duck Not long ago the pastors of churches involved in the CWish program met at the Co-Op church to talk about how things were going as we interacted with the homeless population in McMinnville. A guest at the meeting was Officer Heite. He […]

Choosing to Live

Choosing to Live Genesis 17:1-7; Mark 8:31-38 Here we are in Lent, with Jesus on a journey to the cross, and for the disciples it’s an upsetting time because they’re blind. At least that’s how Mark portrays them in his Gospel. He paints the picture by including healings of blind people in his story of […]

God the Risk-Taker

Jonah 3:10-4:4 Well, we’re coming to the end of Jonah’s story. He’s been through a rough time. God tapped him to preach repentance to the Ninevites, Jonah tried to hide in the belly of a ship, ended up in the belly of a fish, finally went to Ninevah, and much to his dismay they took […]


Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Mark 1:14-20 February 15, 2015 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important […]

Halfway Home

Halfway Home Jonah 2:2, 1 Cor 1:18-21 In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. from the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. Jonah’s had a rough day. Caught up in a storm at sea, berated by the ship’s crew, tossed overboard, sinking […]