10:00 AM Worship
Nursery care is available during the service. Fellowship Time and
Adult Faith Education follow the service.
We Worship God
Our Sunday worship seeks to connect time-honored traditions with artistic and creative expression to awaken us to God's presence. The congregation is receptive to new forms of worship without being labeled as “contemporary.” We give joy and praise to God and provide spiritual grounding to worshipers through varied experiences of:
Creative liturgy (prayers, responses, Scripture readings) led by pastor and members
Heartfelt music, with choirs, soloists, instrumentalists and congregational singing
A dedicated time for children
Sermons and reflections on Scripture that seek to nurture faith for daily life and speak to the issues of our complex world with compassion, insight, and biblical integrity
Prayers of intimacy and strength
Sacraments celebrated joyously and frequently
Members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in worship as readers, greeters, ushers, and in special dramatic readings. School-age children remain in worship on Sundays when we celebrate Communion, and when an intergenerational class follows worship. On other Sundays, children leave worship after the Time for Children for faith education classes and activities. For families with children under age four who prefer child care, we have a nursery available with supervision.
SACRAMENTS IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
In the Presbyterian Church, we have two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Other Christian traditions have more sacraments, and some do not use the term at all. We consider Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to have been instituted by God, and commended by Jesus Christ to be carried on by his followers, the Church. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper incorporate the primary elements of life: water, bread, wine (though we use grape juice in our Lord’s Supper.)
The Sacraments are celebrated in the context of worship, not as private ceremonies, and the Session (governing council) of the church determines the frequency and time of their observance.
Baptism is a sign of God's love for us and the seal of our welcome into the Body of Christ. Water is symbolically used in a baptism to signify the power and life-giving nature of water, and newness of life in the family of God. Presbyterians believe one need only be baptized once, including baptism of infants. When a person is baptized as an adult, it is accompanied by a profession of faith and reception into membership of a particular congregation. We baptize infants because we believe God knows, loves and claims each of us as a child, even before we can say God’s name or begin to unfold the rich dimensions of a life of faith. When church members present their child for baptism, they make a profession of faith on their child’s behalf, and together with the congregation, commit to teach their daughter or son the ways of Jesus.
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
The Lord’s Supper is commonly called “Communion,” and in some traditions, the “Eucharist.” We understand the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus at what is called The Last Supper, the meal he ate with his disciples the night before he died, in which he commanded the disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” Described as “the joyful feast of the people of God,” the sacrament incorporates memory and fellowship, love and grace. As our hunger for faith and hope are satisfied at the communion table, we are then sent to offer this food with others.
At First United, we celebrate Communion one Sunday a month, and on special “Festival” days as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. During Eastertide (between Easter and Pentecost Sunday), we have Communion each Sunday. Most often, worshipers come forward to receive the bread and cup, but several times a year the sacrament is brought to worshipers in their pews or worshipers circle the sanctuary, and the elements of bread and juice are passed from one to another.