Worship at First Presbyterian Church
Worship at First Presbyterian Church is an integral component of our life together as the family of faith. Each Sunday there is a service at 8:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel and at 10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Our worship services follow the basic four-fold structure of worship used by Christians across many denominations since the early days of the Church: Gathering, Word, Thanksgiving, Sending.
In the Gathering portion, we hear announcements pertaining to the life of the congregation, we hear God’s word calling us to worship, sing praise to God, make corporate confession of our sin, and hear God’s gracious forgiveness.
In the Word portion of the service, we use the four readings from the Revised Common Lectionary each Sunday, so that we are linked to the millions of Christians around the world following the lectionary. These readings, including much of scripture over the three-year rotation invite worshipers to hear and consider the breadth of the biblical witness. Through the sermon, delivered by the pastor, the Gospel is further proclaimed.
The people respond with their offerings to support the work of the church, in the local congregation and community, and throughout the world. We share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, where we are nourished as God’s community of faith by the bread and the cup in this foretaste of the feast to come.
Having feasted on the Word, the bread, and the cup, we pray, sing praises, and are sent to be Christ’s ambassadors in the world.
Each of the worship services is distinctive:
8:30 a.m. Christ Chapel.
This service includes weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and an intimate atmosphere in the setting of Christ Chapel.
10:45 a.m. Sanctuary.
From mid-August to June, the choir sings an anthem in response to the scripture readings. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of each month, and on festival Sundays, including Epiphany, Transfiguration, Palm/Passion Sunday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, World Communion Sunday, and Christ the King. The service includes congregational responses, such as an adaptation of the historic “Kyrie” following corporate confession and exchange of Peace, the “Gloria Patri” following the Apostle’s or Nicene Creeds, and the common Doxology at the presentation of the offerings.