Worship

Visitors always welcome! And now easier to access with east-side elevator!

 

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.

 

  • Vision 2023.  What’s the latest?

    While working on a vision for our congregation for the next five years, your elders and deacons proposed that we update our Mission Statement.  If we are going to create a vision for the next five years it is important that we have a Mission Statement that our vision supports.

    Do you ever ask yourself questions such as Who Am I?  or Why Am I Here?

    Those are also important questions for congregations to ask.  Who are we?  Why are we here?  What is our purpose?  Answering that question for a congregation involves creating a Mission Statement.

    I’ve recently been reading several books about church leadership and strategic planning.  It’s reported that only 20% of churches have a strategic plan for their ministry.  I would like us to be part of that 20%.  That happens by asking ourselves important questions such as who are we as followers of Jesus?  Who are we called to be as his followers?  What are we called to do as his followers in Cache Valley in the 21st century?  And why are those things we are called to do important to us?  These questions get answered in our Mission Statement and in our Vision for the congregation.

    Here is our proposed Mission 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.

    Mission statements are intended to be short and concise, while guiding the direction of our congregation, shaping our ministry, inspiring unity, focusing our strategy, and guiding decision making.

    We will be continuing with our visioning process for the next few months.  This vision for the congregation will be a longer document that includes much more detail and supports our (proposed) Mission Statement.  As is always the case, if you have thoughts about what your vision might be for our congregation, please chat with me about them.  I am always happy to talk about such things and willing to listen to any ideas you have.  Several of you did submit ideas to me in the last month (and those were shared with our deacons and elders, helping shape our work when we met on Saturday, April 14).  Thank you for those contributions.

    New Members Gatherings

    Our New Members Classes have been scheduled!  Any of you who aren’t officially members of First Presbyterian Church are welcome to attend.  During these classes you will have opportunities to gather together and ask questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, what it means to be a member of this congregation, and what it means to be Presbyterian (in addition to how to spell Presbyterian…).  Unfortunately, the Sundays in May are booked up (I am traveling on two of them, once for my grandmother’s memorial service; other Sundays are Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend).  We’re going to try to do our New Members gatherings on Tuesday nights, May 8th, 15th, and 22nd.  We will meet at member’s houses on two occasions, and at my house on the third occasion.  I have several of you on my list and will be contacting you via email, but please chat with me if you are interested and you haven’t heard from me.

    May Travels

    The month of May is going to be a busy one for me.  As I’ve indicated I will be away for two weekends this month (which is highly unusual for me).  I have been invited to preach a stewardship sermon at my home church in Arvada, Colorado, which is the first trip.  The second trip will be to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, for the memorial service for my grandmother Ruth Gould, who recently passed away at the age of one hundred and two.  That service is on a Saturday, and after looking into flights I will not be able to return to Logan by Sunday morning.  You will be in good hands, however, as Pastor Meg will be preaching on those two Sundays that I am away.

    May is always an exciting time of year; the end of the school year, what seems like the transition from spring to summer, the arrival of Summer Citizens, and many other things.  I look forward to seeing you in worship and at other activities!

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

    Pastor Derek

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