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.

10:30 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.

 

  • Welcome to the dog days of summer!

    It’s been HOT around Cache Valley.  No this isn’t the start of some boring conversation about the weather because I have nothing else to say…  It is an attempt to introduce you to a conversation that’s been going on around the church.

    The Property Committee and Session have recently discussed the idea of installing air conditioning in our sanctuary.  I’m sharing this with you because Session would like to take an informal poll of the congregation in worship on Sunday morning, August 5th.  Before Session gets too serious about such a project, they would like to know how YOU feel about it.  We will provide slips of paper during the service with a simple YES and NO, and you will be invited to indicate your interest in AC for the sanctuary.  Please note, this is NOT an official decision that the Session will act on once we vote.  This is an attempt to see how many of our worshipping congregation are in favor of such a project.  If there is little interest, we will put the idea aside.  If there is strong interest, we will see where such a project might lead us.

    Putting AC in the sanctuary has been talked about for many years now.  We bring this up now because we have recently found an innovative AC system that is much less expensive than previous estimates.  A recent quote for an air conditioning system was around $18,000.  That is much less than the estimate several years ago (when we thought AC might cost upward of $100,000), but is still a significant amount of money.

    Session and the Property Committee aren’t looking to do this immediately.  If it turns out FPC would like to do it, perhaps a completion date just prior to the summer of 2018 would be reasonable.  Session had some good discussion about this.  I’ll share some of the thoughts that came up, both pros and cons for such a project.

    • It gets warm in the sanctuary.  Even in May, the choir suffers a bit in their choir robes.
    • Bruner Hall has AC.  We could have the later service worship in Bruner Hall on the hottest days. Seating might be a problem, and there would be no organ.
    • We only have about 10-12 unbearably hot Sunday mornings.  Is it worthwhile to spend this kind of money to cool the sanctuary for such limited use?  We should also note that there is a Spanish-speaking church that worships in our sanctuary on Sunday afternoons, and they would also benefit from AC.
    • Even when it’s not that hot in worship on Sunday mornings, we occasionally have afternoon activities in the sanctuary (concerts, recitals, and memorial services).  Some of those afternoons have been almost unbearable.
    • Having AC in the sanctuary will raise our electric bill, even if it’s used just once or twice a week.  We are getting closer to a project to install solar panels on our roof, so hopefully, in the future, we will not be paying for all electricity.  AC in the sanctuary would only be used on Sunday mornings and for the occasional afternoon service.  Just like in Bruner Hall, we will only cool the building when necessary.
    • It’s been our practice of late to open the sanctuary windows on Saturday nights to cool down the sanctuary as much as possible.  This often helps, but it can still be quite warm once the sun hits the east side of the building in the morning.
    • The system must be quietso that it does not disrupt worship, and it must be installed in a manner whereby people don’t feel drafts of cold air.  We have found a system that we believe fits such criteria, mounted high on the side walls; this system would cool the room quietly without producing drafts down onto the congregation.
    • Some might think that those who worship at 9 a.m. in Bruner Hall probably don’t care about such a decision.  Many of our 9 a.m. worshipers do support this idea.  They’ve been to memorial services and other activities in the sanctuary on summer afternoons, and they know how hot it can be at certain times of the year.
    • Summers in Logan (and indeed around the world) aren’t likely to be getting any coolerin the future, if you know what I mean…

    As you can see, friends, there are a good number of questions and variables when considering such a project.  Please pray and think about how you feel about this proposal.  Then vote in worship on Sunday, August 5th.  If you can’t be in worship on August 5th you may email or call the church office and register a vote.  Please don’t try to vote twice.

    It’s quite a lot to think about.  Thank you for your consideration.  In the meantime, stay in the shade!

    Grace and peace to you all.

    Pastor Derek

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