Worship at First Presbyterian Church
Worship is held at 10:00 a.m. all year. Our Service of Worship and style of worship is traditional, yet relaxed.
What should I wear?
Wear what is comfortable for you. At First Presbyterian you will find suits and ties, but also casual shirts and slacks. Women sometimes wear dresses or skirts but also slacks and tops.
What should I expect?
Our service follows a printed order of service. We sing from a hymnal and are most often led by the organ or piano.
Our service begins with anOrgan Preludewhich helps us get ready to worship.
We have announcements and prayer concerns which is a way to bring everyone up to speed on the news of the church.
Apassing of the Peacefollows. Presbyterians are not a pushy lot by nature but we do greet and welcome each person in attendance.
We then areCalled to WorshipandOffer Praise to God.
Together we pray aPrayer of Confessionand hear words of forgiveness, acknowledging that we often fall short of God's intentions for us and yet we are forgiven to begin afresh.
We are then ready to hearReadings from God's Wordfound in the Bible. In our worship we follow a set pattern of Bible readings which allows us to hear a major portion of the whole bible read in church over a three year cycle.
There then follows aSermonwhere the Pastor seeks to help us see how the biblical message brings light to our present day situations.
We thenrespond and recommit our faiththrough anAffirmation of Faithusing a historical statement, we pray corporately for ourselves, others and our world. And webring offeringsof time, talents and money wherein we dedicate gifts and ourselves to the ministry of Christ and the work of the church carried out in Christ’s name.
We are then sent out into the world through a Closing hymn and Blessing.
Praise and inspirationcome through the hymns we sing. We are also led in worship by a male quartet (to our knowledge the only male quartet singing on a regular basis in local churches). At different times music is provided by a women's ensemble, a mixed chorus, violin, string quartet, hand bells, clarinet, trumpets; yes, even Bagpipes.
We observe twoSacraments, Baptism and the Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper). Baptism may be administered to infants, children or Adults. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is observed on the First Sunday of the month and is open to all.