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.

11:00 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.

 

  • Mission and Vision

    I am excited to share some wonderful news with you.  The leadership of First Presbyterian Church has been working for some time on an updated Mission & Vision for our congregation, and it is time to share the results with the congregation.  

    On a Saturday in the spring of this year our Deacons and Elders first gathered to begin the process of defining a new mission statement for our church, along with an expanded vision of who we are and perhaps more importantly, who we want to be.  I feel that it is important for a congregation to have a well-defined mission and vision, and to regularly compare this to the ministries and activities of the church.  It has been some years now since the congregation undertook our last Mission & Vision, and this new process reflects some changes in who we are and who we feel called to be.  While we have not called this a five-year plan, one could look at it in that sense.  It seems healthy for a congregation to redefine its mission and vision every five years or so.  And with that new mission and vision we seek to grow in Christ together.  It is also fair to note that our new Mission & Vision goals aren’t designed to start drastically changing anything.  But it is important that we compare our current ministry with our vision for future ministry, and work toward that vision.

    You will see inside this edition of The Pulse a full page that lists our newly-adopted Mission & Vision.  Here is the Mission aspect of that statement: “Through God’s grace, to be an inclusive community of faith and compassion, empowering one another to become delightfully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”

    The Vision portion of this is much longer, and I’ll let you turn the page to read the rest of that.  Over the next few months, we will work to ensure that all our committees and ministry areas are pursuing work within this Mission & Vision, where applicable.  We will see if this Mission & Vision leads us to new ministries in the name of Jesus Christ.  We will be publicizing this Mission & Vision throughout the church and perhaps even in the community, reminding ourselves and showing others who we feel called to be in this time and place.

    I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Elders and Deacons who helped shape this Mission & Vision.  It took hours of careful and prayerful work to create this.  After months of hard work and hours of thoughtful discussion, Session officially adopted this Mission & Vision in our September meeting.

    It is my hope that as the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Logan that we are indeed “delightfully devoted followers of Jesus Christ”—and we do mean delightful, for I hope that we find both hope and joy in being followers of Jesus, and we find hope and joy in being a community of faith together.  May we continue to be a worshiping community that is inclusive and compassionate.

    If you have any questions about our new FPC Logan Mission & Vision, please have a chat with me.  I look forward to such conversations.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all,

    Pastor Derek

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