What To Expect
- Parking: Parking is available in our inner and outer parking lots, as well as on S. Shirley St and our side of 8th St., east of the alley (Click here for a map).
- Greeters: A greeter will be available at the doors to the sanctuary to greet you and provide the weekly service bulletin. If you are new, please feel free to ask our greeters any questions you may have!
- Precautions: We are no longer requiring COVID precautions to be observed at church events, or events on church property. This means that we will not be limiting capacity, we will not be requesting distancing, and masking will be optional. More information on this decision can be found here.
- Childcare and Nursery: Childcare for infants and toddlers is available during the 8:15am and 11:00am services in the north side of DeSoto Hall (main level). The former nursery location, Room 109 (lower level), is available for nursing mothers. (Click here for a map of the building.)
The bulletin contains an outline of the service, and is available on our Bulletin & Announcements page each week. A physical bulletin will be available in the narthex when you arrive.
- Tithes and Offerings:
Our deacons will pass a plate to collect tithes and offerings during the service as indicated in the bulletin. Many of our folk now give online.
If you are a visitor with us, we do not expect you to give financially. Instead, we ask that you fill out one of the little white visitor cards in the pew rack in front of your seat, and that you place it in the plate as it passes, giving us a record of your visit.
- The Liturgy:
We begin Sunday morning with our minister calling us to worship in God’s name. As a congregation, we then respond to God’s call by singing a hymn of praise. After personal and corporate confession of sin, we hear from our minister an assurance that if we have trusted in Jesus’s death on the cross for our sins, God is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Following this assurance of forgiveness, we offer up our tithes and offerings in thanksgiving and present our common requests in corporate prayer. We then ask God to speak to us through his word, and the minister preaches a sermon from the Scripture. We conclude with the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is observed every Lord’s Day at Faith Presbyterian Church. You are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper if you are a baptized Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, and a faithful member or adherent of this or some other congregation, recognized as belonging to the fellowship of Christian believers.
The evening service closes the Lord’s day with a slightly abbreviated service. It consists of responsive readings of Psalms and catechisms, the singing of hymns, prayers, and a sermon from a different portion of God’s Word.
About Our Worship
At Faith Presbyterian, we believe that the whole Lord’s day should be kept holy to the Lord, set aside from the rest of the week for joyful celebration, rest and worship, and works of necessity and mercy. Because of this, our morning services and evening services are different, and we urge the church body to attend both morning and evening. In this way, the congregation can both begin and end the Lord’s day together, hearing two different sermons from different portions of God’s Word, and uniting in fellowship.
As Pastor Rayburn, one of our pastors, has put it, “Surely we should have a good reason, a very good reason, why we would not make a special effort to be in God’s house, to sing his praise and hear his Word, twice on the Lord’s holy day. A day devoted to his worship and to the refreshment of our souls in him, surely is very naturally a day that begins and ends in God’s house, among God’s people, with his Word in our ears and his praise in our hearts.”
We strive to make our worship theologically thoughtful and musically beautiful. We emphasize full congregational singing of the great hymns of the Christian tradition, accompanied by skilled musicians on the organ, piano, and other instruments. Our music connects us with the generations of Christians who have come before us, and we use hymns whose lyrics are both richly Biblical and which represent the intense warmth of devotion which should characterize the Christian life. The vast majority of our hymns are drawn from the Trinity Hymnal.
The sermon is the center of the service at Faith Presbyterian Church, as we hear the Word of God preached to us by the minister. Our sermons are Biblical, exegetical, and work through books of the Bible carefully. While the pastors seek to offer relevant application, often reinforced by examples from church history, the main focus of the sermon is to “rightly handle the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15). It is our great desire not to bend or twist any passage to fit a particular theological view, but rather to expound the original meaning of each text. We do not shy away from any passage or theme in the Scriptures, but have heard from our pulpit over the years the exposition of every book of the Bible.
Yes. Faith Presbyterian Church aims to help those in our community who are in need of financial assistance. You can preschedule an interview for before or after the service with one of our deacons. Please see the Deacon’s Page for more details, or contact the church office.