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Worship

At First Presbyterian Church, we celebrate the Reformed faith and strive to better understand God's will through our worship. Our Chancel Choir leads us in singing hymns and songs that proclaim God's greatness and mercy. Each service is a carefully designed celebration, where we recite confession, listen to the Word of God, with a keen ear for how it speaks into our lives, and pray for one another.  We hope you'll join us in living out the good news of Jesus Christ, as we seek to grow in our faith.

Elements of Reformed Worship

 

Praise

As God’s people gather for worship, through Scripture or song, we focus our attention on God and away from ourselves.

 

Confession

Worshipers today, like the prophet Isaiah, cannot come into the presence of our holy God without realizing our own sinfulness. When we confess, we do so for ourselves and for the church as a whole.

 

Assurance

Scripture calls us to confession; Scripture also assures us of God’s inestimable love.

 

Illumination

Before attempting to listen for the Word of God, we pray for the assistance of the Holy Spirit to open our ears to hear and our hearts to receive what God is saying to us through Scripture and interpretation.

 

Word

The Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, comes from the pages of Scripture. Interpretation of God’s Word comes through Spirit-inspired speech, drama, music, dance or other forms of communication.

 

Prayer

Part of our response to the living Word is Spirit-prompted prayer, possible in many varied forms and formats.

 

Thanksgiving

Our greatest rejoicing can come only around the Table of the Lord as we share in communion with Christ and with God’s people. When that is not possible, offering of ourselves and of our tangible gifts can be a beginning response to the Word.

 

True Worship

When the liturgy of the church is concluded, our true worship begins. Everything we know about God teaches us that true worship, lifestyle evangelism, is an intentional living of each day in prayer and mission, in our home, our work, our study, our recreation: glorifying and enjoying God forever.

 

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