Jesus Christ said, â€œIt is written, â€˜You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serveâ€™â€ (Luke 4:8). The worship of God is the center of everything we do at First Church. Every Sunday morning, we gather together as a family of faith to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear Godâ€™s Word, to offer prayers, and to celebrate the sacraments of the Church. Worship is what we are created to do. But worship is not about us. Worship is about God. When God is at the center of our worship, we hear the call of discipleship. Discipleship grows out of love and requires sacrifice and service. In our worship of God through the liturgy of the church we learn how to live as followers of Christ; we are introduced to areas of Christian serviceâ€”Christian Education, Missions and Outreach, Evangelism, and Stewardship. These areas of Christian service are all part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, but they all begin in worship. It all begins with Christian worship.
Liturgy is the set of ceremonies, words,Â etc. used during our public worship. EveryÂ service at First Church has meaningfulÂ Christian liturgy rooted in the traditions ofÂ our faith. To encourage participation andÂ an understanding of the liturgy, printedÂ bulletins are available for each service.
As United Methodists we practice openÂ Communion. We invite â€œall who loveÂ God, who earnestly repent of their sin,Â and seek to live in peace with one anotherâ€Â to partake. There are no conditions forÂ church membership or completion of aÂ class required. At First Church we celebrateÂ Communion weekly at all four SundayÂ worship services.
Through Baptism, God commissions us toÂ use our gifts to strengthen the church andÂ to transform the world. In Baptism, GodÂ initiates a covenant with us, announcedÂ with the words, â€œThe Holy Spirit worksÂ within you, that being born throughÂ water and the Spirit, you may be a faithfulÂ disciple of Jesus Christ.â€ All are invited toÂ be baptized and join our family of faith.
PARTICIPATION IN WORSHIP
All are invited to be active participantsÂ in worship at First Church. You areÂ encouraged to help lead in worship byÂ serving as a lay reader, communion server,Â communion steward, usher, greeter, or byÂ joining the choir or worship committee.
MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS
Methodists are known for their love ofÂ singing and music. At First Church, weÂ have an active music ministry includingÂ choirs of all ages, praise bands, andÂ instrument groups that provide beautifulÂ music at each of our services.
REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY
The Revised Common Lectionary is a threeÂ year cycle of weekly lections (liturgicalÂ readings). The Lectionary is built aroundÂ the seasons of the Church Year, andÂ includes four lections for each Sunday, asÂ well as additional readings for major feastÂ days. During most of the year, the electionsÂ are: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, aÂ Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and aÂ Gospel reading. You can find the currentÂ and next week’s lections in the bulletinÂ each Sunday. The lectionary for the yearÂ can be found on our website.
Call to Action
Commit to attending worship services weekly. In addition, volunteer in worship by serving on the Worship Committee; singing in the choir; or serving as an usher, greeter, lay reader, communion server, or communion steward.
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