Christian Worship is at the center of everything we do at First Church. Every Sunday morning, we gather together as a family of faith to acknowledge the holiness of God, hear God’s Word, offer prayers, and celebrate the sacraments of the Church.
Liturgy is the set of ceremonies, words, etc. used during our public worship. Every service at First Church has meaningful Christian liturgy rooted in the traditions of our faith. To encourage participation and an understanding of the liturgy, printed bulletins are available for each service.
As United Methodists we practice open Communion. We invite “all who love God, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another” to partake. There are no conditions for church membership or completion of a class required. At First Church we celebrate Communion weekly at all four Sunday worship services.
Through Baptism, God commissions us to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world. In Baptism, God initiates a covenant with us, announced with the words, “The Holy Spirit works within you, that being born through water and the Spirit, you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.” All are invited to be baptized and join our family of faith.
PARTICIPATION IN WORSHIP
All are invited to be active participants in worship at First Church. You are encouraged to help lead in worship by serving as a lay reader, communion server, communion steward, usher, greeter, or by joining the choir or worship committee.
MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS
Methodists are known for their love of singing and music. At First Church, we have an active music ministry including choirs of all ages, praise bands, and instrument groups that provide beautiful music at each of our services.
REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY
The Revised Common Lectionary is a three year cycle of weekly lections (liturgical readings). The Lectionary is built around the seasons of the Church Year, and includes four lections for each Sunday, as well as additional readings for major feast days. During most of the year, the elections are: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. You can find the current and next week’s lections in the bulletin each Sunday. The lectionary for the year can be found on our website.
FAITH IN ACTION
• Commit to attending worship services weekly.
• Invite others to worship with you at First Church.
• Volunteer in worship by serving on the Worship Committee; singing in the choir; or serving as an usher, greeter, lay reader, communion server, or communion steward.
• Read and meditate on the lections before Sunday worship.
Dr. Rick Branch | Minister of Music | RBranch@FUMCPensacola.com