And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:15-17
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Worship begins at 10:55 am in the Fellowship Hall where we sing, pray, and hear from God’s word. We have people in our church who have been Christians all their lives, those who are just starting to consider the claims of Jesus, and those who have doubts about the gospel. Worship is for all people no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.
Given our understanding of the responsibility that we have in leading people to worship, First Presbyterian is convinced of these four guiding principles for our worship. These ideas can be implemented in many different ways and represent our core convictions about what we are working towards in our worship.
Worship is Gospel Centered — We need to think carefully about what we say and what we sing. Truth matters to God in worship. In selecting songs and formulating worship sets, we need to consider the possible interpretations by both believers and non-believers present in our worship service. We want to ensure our worship accurately declares the glory of God and that we do not misrepresent the gospel as something it is not.
Worship is Culturally Sensitive — In addition to our commitment to the truth about God, we also need to be able to understand the reality of our cultural context. Since leading worship is primarily about relationships, we need to understand the needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses, and tastes of the people engaging in our worship. In order to love people well, we need to think carefully about how to leverage musical worship to spiritually form people in the image of Christ. We desire to display cultural sensitivity for the believer and non-believer to lead all parties to Jesus Christ. Those leading worship need to be in tune with the lives of all people “inside” and “outside” the church, so that both can be reached.
Worship is Musically Excellent — When we worship we are seeking to draw the congregation’s attention to the Lord. Therefore, we seek to not distract, either by putting on a “show” that glorifies our own abilities or by singing out of key. We want to clear the way for people to focus fully on the Lord. There are many ways in which our performance (tempo, pitch, song selection, rhythm) affects people’s experience of the worship.
Worship is Holy Spirit Dependent — God is Spirit, and we must rely on Him to truly create worship. We are dependent upon the Spirit to stir within people’s hearts a desire for the truth, beauty, and goodness of our Redeemer and King, Jesus Christ.
At First Presbyterian we try and keep it simple. We believe that Jesus is enough. No matter when you attend, we follow a basic pattern of meeting together that is traced back to the early Church. We teach from the Bible. We pray, we sing, and we respond by taking communion together (once a month). The goal through it all is to love God and know him better by making God’s unchanging truth accessible and applicable without watering it down.