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.

  • A Season of Thankfulness

     As I write this, it is Friday morning, and Laura and I are on an airplane to Dayton, Ohio, to officiate the wedding of Dr. Errik Hood and Crystal-Dawn McKanna.  These two have been members of First Presbyterian Church for a few years now, since they moved to Logan from Ohio.  It’s been a joy to have them as part of our church family.  Errik is an elder, and they both serve on our Personnel Committee.  You might catch Errik around town performing in various musical settings—he is a professor and the Voice and Opera Program Coordinator at Utah State University.  Crystal is the manager of Bath & Body Works in the Cache Valley Mall.  It is a distinct pleasure and privilege to be asked to help officiate their wedding.

    November 1st is All Saints Day, when the church traditionally remembers those who passed away during the last year.   One dear friend who passed away was Betsy Franchina.  We held a memorial service for Betsy a few months ago, and we recently received word from her estate that Betsy left some funds in her will to First Presbyterian Church.  Session carefully discerned what to do with these funds and knowing about Betsy’s loves and passions in life they decided to set this money aside for a future stained-glass window project.  We don’t know when this might be (likely several years down the road), but this is a start to a window upgrade that would involve making our existing stained-glass windows in the sanctuary more efficient by turning them into double-pane windows, while retaining their existing beauty.  We are all very thankful for Betsy’s life and her ministry to all those around her, and we thank her for this gift that she left to our church.  If you have any questions about leaving a gift to your church in your will please talk to me or speak to someone knowledgeable about wills.  It was my great privilege to know Ray and Betsy.  They regularly worshipped with us and attended Bible Study for many years before they moved to Arizona.  Thank you, Betsy, and we give thanks in the knowledge that you have joined the company of the saints.

    There are a few events coming up that I would l like to invite you to.  The first is our FPC Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be at 4:30 on November 17 in Bruner Hall.  It’s a time for us to gather together as a church family around the tables, to celebrate God’s goodness, and to give thanks.  A special thanks to our Fellowship Committee for organizing this dinner.

    The second event is the Cache Community Connections Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, at 7 p.m. on November 24th at the Logan Tabernacle.  Buffy Evans will be directing our choir as part of that evening, and the program will include music, reflections, and prayers from a variety of faith traditions as we gather around the idea of being thankful to God for all that we have been given.  I hope you will join us for both events.

    Hope to see you soon in worship!  Grace and peace be with you all.

    Pastor Derek

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