Worship

Sunday Morning Worship

We have one worship celebration at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

  • Communion is offered during the service on the first Sunday of each month.
  • Preschool and nursery care is available.
  • Children from first through sixth grades may attend our “One-Room Schoolhouse”.

We gather to hear the gospel message of Jesus, to connect with community, and to explore together ways we can be in service to the world. We’d love for you to join us for worship and stay for coffee and fellowship after service.

Worship is a time to renew the ‘light within’ and a time to express one’s faith.

Regular Worship

  • Worship starts at 10:00 AM, with fellowship following.
  • A blended worship experience that might incorporate a number of worship styles and traditions on any particular Sunday.  The blended style reflects our creative diversity.
  • Organ music and often other instruments.
  • Family worship with Sunday School for kids (Grades K-6)
  •  Infant care and pre-school childcare available.
  • Children welcomed in our sanctuary during worship.
  • Dress ranges from casual to business casual to Sunday best.  Come as you wish!
  • Communion served the first Sunday of the month.

Holy Communion During Worship

Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month during the worship service.   In the United Methodist Church, Holy Communion is open to all persons.  You need not be a member of this church or any other faith community to participate.  We serve grape juice instead of wine in the communion cup, so that all may partake. The children from our Church School join the worship service when it’s time for communion, so that they may partake as well.

Special Services of Worship

We offer special worship services during the liturgical year, for occasions like Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and—during Lent—on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

What to Expect When You Worship With Us

If you are new to First Church, here’s what you can expect during the worship service.

As You Arrive –The ushers will greet you at the entry to the sanctuary.  They can answer any questions you may have.  As you enter the sanctuary you will receive a bulletin that describes the order of the service. Weekly services vary somewhat in content, but the following is a general description of what to expect.  People greet one another (and you) and chat quietly as they arrive.

Prelude –  Music provided by the organ or other instruments, giving worshipers a few moments for silent meditation before the service begins.

Welcome –Welcoming words by the pastor or worship leader. 

Singing Together – We sing  praise songs and hymns several times during the service. Sometimes we stand to sing (those who are able); sometimes we remain seated.

Praying Together – We often pray a common prayer (printed in the bulletin) together. Later in the service we pray the Lord’s Prayer in unison.

Special Music – Our excellent choir and talented musicians praise God through music at various times during the service.

The Life and Work of the Church – This is a time for any and all announcements.  We take a moment to ‘sign in’ on a small clipboard placed in each pew near the center aisle.  Use this opportunity to tell us your name and the best ways to contact you.

Passing the Peace  – Following the announcements, the pastor often invites us to pass the peace of Christ among one another.  We take this time to greet one another enthusiastically and with great caring. Some people greet only those seated nearby; others move around to greet those seated not so near!  If someone says to you, “The peace of Christ be with you”,  you can respond with “And also with you!”

Scripture Reading – You may follow along with the Scripture reading in the pew Bible if you like. You’ll find Bibles with the song books in the rack on the back of the seat in front of you.

Message – The pastor delivers a message.

Pouring Out Our Prayers – The pastor or worship leader invites us to offer the names of persons in need of our community prayers.  We pray together. 

Offering Our Gifts – The ushers will come forward to collect our offering.

Celebrating Communion – The first Sunday of each month, we celebrate Holy Communion.  At the invitation of the pastor, you walk up the center aisle toward the altar. Take a piece of bread from the communion steward and then dip it into a common cup (grape juice). After you receive your communion, you may pause for moment of silent reflection or return to your seat by the side aisle.  If you are unable to walk to the front,  the communion stewards will come to you and serve you where you are sitting.

Benediction –  The pastor or worship leader offers words of blessing as we prepare to depart. The pastor and worship leader leave the sanctuary during the singing of the final hymn.

Postlude —  The service has ended.  You may leave by any side door or by the center aisle. Many of our congregants are music lovers and choose to remain seated to listen to the organist’s postlude.  But the service has indeed ended, and it is acceptable to leave after the pastor’s benediction.

After the Service, before you leave – Please plan to linger after worship so that we may greet you.  Donut holes and beverages are provided in Room 8, across the garden from the sanctuary.

Church Luncheons

Once a month there’s an all-church open church luncheon in Rooms 7/8 of the Ockerman Building after worship. In warm weather there are tables both inside and outside. Sometimes it is a potluck, and sometimes it has other formats. These are announced ahead of time.

Everyone is welcome—even if you are worshiping with us for the first time—even if you did not bring a food item to share. There is always plenty of food. Never hesitate to join us or to bring a guest!

The luncheon is an opportunity to meet newcomers, to get better acquainted with fellow worshipers  and to catch up with friends.  Normally this event is held on the first Sunday of the month, but it’s sometimes moved due to conflicts. Check the church calendar!