Worship Information

Join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays!

Each service is its own creation, with themes and music suited to the season and the life of the church. Our worship is traditional yet contemporary. It’s grounded in the ancient biblical story but tuned in to the issues and struggles of today. We pray together, aloud and silently.  We listen and reflect on scriptures and sermons. We make music together in diverse styles. We receive the gift of our wonderful choir.

In worship, we use language with care and creativity.  We name God in many different ways, employing imagery that is both feminine and masculine, that is drawn from nature, scripture and human experience.  We believe that our way of speaking in worship should reflect God’s inclusive and expansive love.

We hold special services throughout the church year, including the seasons of Advent & Christmas, Lent, and Easter. We welcome people of all ages to be part of the worshiping community. Though we are serious about sharing in meaningful worship, we try not to take ourselves too seriously.

Coffee Hour

Our coffee hour after worship is a time to drink some strong (!) coffee and make connections.  If you are interested in hosting a coffee hour but don’t know where to start, talk to the ministers about pairing up with a seasoned host.

2nd Hour

“2nd hour” learning and community building opportunities occur regularly, but not every week, after worship, from September-May.   We often invite guest speakers on faith issues and critical social justice issues of our day.

Music

Music weaves our worship together. We seek to draw from diverse musical styles and cultures in our congregational singing, the music of our choir, and our instrumental music.

Children and Teens

Children are most welcome in worship at First Church. We believe that our community is most vibrant when it embraces people of all ages. We encourage kids to be in worship. We seek to include young people in the service (as participants and leaders) in various ways.  For information about our childcare and classes for children, please visit the Children, Youth and Families page.

Baptism

In our tradition, we typically understand baptism as a community experience. When we baptize someone, there is usually a connection between this individual or family and the congregation. If you are not worshiper at First Church but are interested in baptism, please contact the clergy.

Communion (Lord’s Supper, Eucharist)

We share in the meal of Communion in worship on the first Sunday of every month. We have an open Communion table. This means that all people are welcome to receive the bread and cup. You need not be baptized or a member of this or any other church. You don’t even need to be certain what you believe! You are also welcome to simply observe if you’d rather not take communion.

Community

People come to First Church from all different backgrounds. Maybe you grew up in a different tradition; maybe you grew up with no tradition at all. It always takes time to get used to a new church setting. If you have any questions about what happens in worship, please feel free to get in touch with the clergy.

 

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