Worship

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9:00 a.m. Informal Worship Service in Bruner Hall

FPC’s early morning service is more informal in nature. With a focus on singing contemporary worship songs (with occasional “classics” thrown in), the emphasis is on simply enjoying God’s (and each others!) presence. We pray for each other, and reflect on God’s Word for us today in Scripture and a message. For the most part, the message is the same in the first and traditional worship services. From time to time, we offer prayer for healing with the laying on of hands (along with anointing with oil), we light candles for peace, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month by “intinction” (the congregation is invited to come forward, break off a piece of bread from a larger loaf, dip it in the cup of grape juice, and receive God’s grace and love). The congregation is encouraged to come in casual, comfortable attire to worship and praise the Lord. The service begins with congregational singing of songs of praise. Members lead the singing, often with the support of a small contemporary band. Music is led piano, joined regularly by a larger praise band. Simple and participatory are the key words for this service.

11:00 a.m. Traditional Service in the Sanctuary

The traditional service is a bit more structured, though not formal. In this service, we focus on God’s Living Word (Jesus Christ) in the rhythms and practices of traditional Presbyterian worship. With liturgy, hymns, organ, piano, responsive and corporate prayers, children’s message, Scripture, and sermon, we gather in God’s presence and seek to grow in faith. Adding to the blessing of this service is music from the Chancel Choir, the Westminster Bell Choir, or other instrumentalists or soloists. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month in the traditional Presbyterian fashion (individual cups and pieces of bread are distributed to the congregation by elders and deacons of the church). You are welcome in jeans or something more formal, and you will find both in attendance. We hope that all who come are sent out healed, at peace, refreshed, challenged (whatever you need at the moment!), and empowered to live the coming week faithfully and abundantly.

During both Sunday worship services, a nursery is available for infants and pre-schoolers. During the Traditional Service, following the Children’s Sermon, “Junior Church” is available for those in Kindergarten through Elementary grades during the school year. The Lord’s Supper communion is served monthly, on the first Sunday.

  • On Being the Church

    As you can see in the note from Session, we’ll be continuing with online worship in the month of October. I am aware that many people are struggling with these decisions. You may see other churches holding worship and wonder why we are not doing so. You may not be aware, but Session makes this decision, not myself as pastor. At our last Session meeting the decision was unanimous to continue with online worship. To be clear, I fully support this decision, and I think they are making the correct call. It is important to me that we all survive this global pandemic. It’s not the decision that some of our members want to hear, of course.

    I wonder how we can turn this around from being something that weighs us down or frustrates us. I imagine that the hour or two you normally spend on Sunday morning at FPC Logan is an extremely important time for you each week. We worship God. We learn from scripture. We sing and listen to talented musicians. We pray with and for each other. We socialize with each other.

    Perhaps you can ask yourself, like I’m asking myself, what it means to be the church? Coming together on Sunday mornings has been important to Christians for two thousand years. But there is much more to being the church than being in the same room together for that one hour on Sunday morning. There are 167 other hours in the week when we are called to ‘be the church.’ Even in the middle of this pandemic, I hope that we each continue to find ways to pray for one another, learn (or teach) from scripture, pray for each other and the world, enjoy beautiful music (a Christmas Bell Choir concert on YouTube is in the works!), and spread God’s goodness to others around us. The only thing that’s truly missing is the fellowship and social aspect of Sunday morning. Those are important, and they are certainly good for our emotional well-being. But I hope you will join me in the many other ways we can still be the church. That will help nourish our spiritual well-being.

    One way that we have been the church during Covid-19 is by caring for those in our community who have been affected the most. I’ve shared with you how we have donated many dollars and goods to help those in need. Inside these pages is a thank you note that was sent to me by St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Although the thank you note was sent to me, it needs to be shared with you, for you are the ones who have contributed greatly to this ministry in Jesus’ name. Take a moment to carefully read this thank you letter and reflect on how much you have shown God’s love to others. I am incredibly grateful for the way you have ministered to our community in this manner.

    October Communion (World Communion Sunday)

    We will offer drive-through communion on Sunday, October 4th. Unfortunately, I will not be there. My mother has been struggling greatly with her aggressive chemotherapy treatments in Colorado, and I will be visiting her this weekend when I should be serving communion to you. I apologize to you all for not being present for communion, but I feel this trip is necessary to be with my mom and dad during a very difficult time. I hope that you understand, and that you will join me in praying for her during her remaining four months of chemo. If you wish to participate in the communion, an elder will serve communion and offer a blessing to you on Sunday morning October 4th, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the church parking lot.

    Congregation Meeting October 25th, 7pm

    We hold a congregational meeting every October for two important reasons: to elect new elders and deacons for the coming term, and to approve pastors’ terms of call (salary, benefits, etc.) for 2021. This year we will hold the meeting via Zoom. We will email names to you of the elders and deacons who are nominated, and details about your pastors’ terms of call. I will also help anyone who is not familiar with Zoom find a way to participate in the meeting. If you would like to participate but are unfamiliar with Zoom, please contact me and we’ll make arrangements.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you,

    Pastor Derek

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