Worship. It is the communal and personal celebration in the church universal of God’s love for creation and for every human being. As followers of Christ, all that we are and do, corporately and individually, is our worship, our liturgy, our work of praise and thanksgiving. The words and acts commonly called worship cannot rightly be separated from our faithful response to the call of God in Jesus Christ through words and acts of love and justice for all people.
Worship is central to our life together at First Church. The format of our Sunday worship is a familiar and traditional one consisting of: hymns and anthems; liturgy, prayers, and offering; scripture and sermon. Through worship we offer our praise before God and seek to discover meaningful ways to live out our faith, applying its life giving power to contemporary needs, problems, and opportunities, both in our lives and in the world around us.
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday morning services are held at 8:30 and 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary. Sunday School and childcare are offered during the 10:00 AM service.
During the summer months (the third Sunday in June through the Sunday before Labor Day), there is one service at 9:00 AM.
Childcare is available.
Special Worship Services
Other rites that involve the worshipping community are Confirmation, Reception of New Members, Weddings, and Funerals.
The Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service is held at a local faith community on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 7:30 PM.
Christmas Sunday, worship times change to 9:00 and 11:00 AM.
Christmas Eve, services are as follows:
- Family Christmas Eve: 5:00 PM.
- Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols: 7:00 PM.
- Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols: 11:00 PM.
7:30 PM: Service of Word and Sacrament, Sanctuary
Holy Week Worship Schedule:
8:30 and 10:00 AM Worship Services
10:00 AM Sunday School
Monday – Thursday
7:00 AM: Service of Word and Sacrament, Shaw Chapel
7:30 PM: Service of Tenebrae, Sanctuary
7:00 AM: Service of Word and Prayer, Shaw Chapel
Noon: Ecumenical Service, Church of the Good Shepherd
7:00 PM: Ecumenical Service, Pilgrim Church
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Worship Services. No Sunday School. Childcare provided for infant – 5 years old during both services.