Sunday Worship


 

Current Service Info:

We currently have indoor services at 8:15am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm.
Sunday School for children ages 3yrs – 8th grade is at 9:45am.

We are asking all who are able to sign up to attend services. However, we do not want to
hinder anyone from attending services, so please come whether you have signed up or not!

Below we have listed all the necessary information for sign up, arrival, and what to expect during the services.

Please feel free to contact the church office with any questions.

Prerequisite information:

  1. Please review the information provided by the CDC regarding what you should know about COVID-19  here and on recognizing symptoms of COVID-19 here.
  2. You should not attend if you have a temperature over 100.4*, if you have symptoms related to, or a diagnosis of, COVID-19, or if you have been exposed in the past 14 days to an individual who has symptoms related to, or a diagnosis of, COVID-19. More clarification can be found here.
  3. Please notify the church office if there has been any exposure to, or diagnosis of, COVID-19 in your household before or after any service.
  4. We encourage those in the “at-risk” group to continue to worship with us via our live stream, which will continue to be at 11:00am and 6:00pm.
  5. If you are hesitant about coming to a gathering for worship right now, we want to emphasize that there are no expectations that you attend, and we completely understand if you prefer to worship at home with the livestream.
  6. There is currently no nursery or childcare during the services.

 

Sign-Up:

    1. You can sign up for services on our COVID-19 Updates page through Thursday of the preceding week.
    2. We are asking all who are able to sign up to attend a service, so that we can plan ahead for your attendance.
      • Households may (and should) sign-up together. For example, if you are regularly in full contact with your elderly parents, or are a caretaker for someone in the church, or your adult children still live with or spend significant time with you, you should sign-up for seats together.
      • Signing up helps us plan, enables us to fit the maximum number of people in our spaces, and helps expedite the process of setting up before each service.
    3. The church office is happy to assist anyone who cannot sign up online.
    4. Please alert the church office as soon as possible with any changes.
    5. If you have not signed up but wish to attend a service, we have now made provision for overflow seating at all services. At our indoor services, we will seat anyone who has not signed up first in the sanctuary, then in DeSoto Hall once we have reached sanctuary capacity.

What to Expect upon Arrival:

  1. Parking: Parking is available in our inner and outer parking lots, as well as on So. Shirley St, and our side of 8th St east of the alley (Click here for a map.)
  2. Greeters: A deacon will be available to greet you and direct you to your assigned seats, will have a box for tithes and offerings, and will provide sanitation supplies and the bulletin.
  3. FacemasksFacemasks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose for the duration of the service. Please bring one that is comfortable for you. If you are unwilling to wear a mask, we ask that you continue worshiping through the livestream at home. If you have a medical condition which prevents you from wearing a mask, please advise the church office in advance.
  4. Social Distancing: Those attending are asked to observe a 6-ft social distance before, during, and after the service.
    • For indoor services, we are asking all attendees to proceed directly to their seats upon arrival, and exit the building immediately after the service, and not to congregate in the sanctuary or narthex.
  5. Bathrooms: The main floor bathrooms will be open for use.
    • A deacon will be allowing access for all services.
    • Please do not use the lower or upper level restrooms.
  6. Childcare and Nursery: At this time, no nursery or childcare will be available. Parents of young children should feel free to use the narthex as necessary. The infant nursery will be available solely for mothers of nursing infants. Social distancing and masking remain required.

 

What to Expect in the Service:

  1. Bulletin: 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.
  2. Announcements and Petitions: An elder or the pastor will give announcements and lead petitions.
  3. Tithes and Offering: Tithes and offerings may be given via a drop box at the greeter’s table. No plate will be passed during the service.
  4. Congregational Singing: We will be singing as a congregation, and the hymns will be provided in the bulletin. Masks are to be worn throughout.
  5. The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper will be served at the 8:15am and 11:00am services. Instructions will be given during the service or in the bulletin.
  6. Disposal of Items: All disposable items (cups, bulletins, wipes) should be disposed of as congregants leave the service. Please do not leave anything behind on your seats.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the church office, and we will be happy to answer them!

Information on what to expect in our Sunday School program is available on our Sunday School page.

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Regular Service Information

 

We have two morning services, at 8:15 am and 11:00 am, and an evening service at 6:00 pm. Sunday worship is the center both of our church and of the Christian life.

As one of our pastors has said, “To a far greater degree than most Christians realize, their spiritual health, vitality, and fruitfulness depends mightily on the church’s worship of God being what it ought to be and its reformation according to the Scripture, the gospel, and the practice of the best and holiest eras of Christian history. With that conviction and to the end of seeking such reformation and the blessing of it for God’s people, we have thought long and hard about our worship at Faith Presbyterian Church and continue to do so” (Robert S. Rayburn).

What should I expect in a Sunday service?

Every element of our Sunday services is rooted in Scripture.

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. This is followed by a time of silent confession of our sins, which leads into our congregational prayer for the confession of our sins as a church body.  After confession, the minister assures the congregation 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 gifts 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. For examples, see a recent bulletin.

The evening service closes the Lord’s day with a slightly abbreviated service. It consists of hymns, prayers, and a sermon from a different portion of God’s Word.

The Lord’s Supper is observed every Lord’s Day at Faith Presbyterian Church alternating between the morning and the evening services. The officers have wanted to retain evening communion not only because all the Lord’s Suppers explicitly mentioned in the New Testament were in the evening, but as well to reinforce the importance of Sunday evening worship as a regular part of the observance of the Lord’s Day. 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.

Why do you have both a morning and an evening service? Are they the same?

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 church 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.”

What is the singing like?

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.

What is the preaching like?

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.

Can I get financial help at a worship service if I need it?

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.

What else might a visitor want to know before coming?

We emphasize that, when in worship, we are in the presence of a holy God. In order to honor him, most members of the church dress formally for worship services. Many men wear suits and ties, button-down shirts or other formal wear, whereas many of the women wear dresses. However, there is no required dress code, and different styles are seen throughout the congregation.

Our church is a midsized congregation. We generally have around 425 people combined between our two morning services, and around 235 people in attendance at our evening service.