‘If anyone asks a truly wise person why he or she was born, that person will answer, without fear or hesitation,
“I was born for the purpose of worshipping God.”’
– Lucius Lactantius, 3rd century
At our most fundamental level, human beings are designed to love. The 17th century philosopher, Rene Descartes, is famous for penning the statement, “I think, therefore I am.” But the story of human identity told in the Bible suggests that it is not our thoughts that make us who we are; it is our loves. Whether we love is not the question. Rather, we must ask ourselves: whom do I love and what do I love? Our affections, our passions, our desires, and our longings fundamentally shape who we are as people.
At First Pres, we believe that the gathering for worship is one of the most critical means of shaping our affections and loves. It is in the gathered context of worship, when the people of God are drawn into union with Christ in order to be shaped, formed and equipped to be doers of God’s Word, that our longings and loves are directed toward their intended design: to love God and to love others.
Worship is the great purpose toward which human life is drawn: to glorify the triune God, and to enjoy God forever. Thus, the hour each week in which the Body of Christ is gathered to tell the story of God’s redemptive work in the world, and to find ourselves transformed by that story, is the most important hour in our week. It is in this act of being drawn into unity with one another in the presence of the living God that we are formed into people who love God with heart, soul, mind and strength, and who point others toward God’s coming kingdom.
8:45 am Service
Our 8:45 service meets in the Sanctuary, and features music led by the organ, choirs, and a variety of other musicians and instruments. The 8:45 and 11:00 services share similar liturgy, and have the same Scripture and sermon each week. Children and people of all ages are welcome at both worship services!
11 am Service
Our 11:00 service meets in the Worship Center, and features a variety of song styles, including hymns and modern songs led by a band and occasional worship choir. The 8:45 and 11:00 services share similar liturgy, and have the same Scripture and sermon each week. Children and people of all ages are welcome at both worship services!
We believe that the sacraments are the Word of God made visible. The sacraments are the means by which we tangibly interact with God’s Word. In the Scripture reading and the sermon, God’s Word is proclaimed; in the sacraments, God’s Word is experienced. In baptism we lean into God’s promise to love us before we ever love Him, and we celebrate our adoption into God’s family. In communion, we remember Christ’s life, death and resurrection that defeated the powers of sin and death, and through which we are reconciled to God and one another. As we partake of bread and cup, we anticipate the banquet feast of the Lamb, and are nourished by the Spirit. At First Pres we celebrate the sacraments monthly.
For information about adult and children’s choirs, handbells, the 11:00 worship band, creative arts, and other worship ministries, please visit our Music and Worship Arts page.