Current Service Info:
We have services at 8:15am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm.
Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45am (currently on summer break – please join us for a time of fellowship!)
Below we have listed all the necessary information for what to expect during the services.
Please feel free to contact the church office with any questions.
What to Expect:
What to Expect upon Arrival:
- 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 deacon will be available to greet you and will provide the bulletin.
- 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.
- Nursery Care and Nursing Mothers: 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.)
What to Expect in the Service:
- 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.
- Tithes and Offering: Our deacons will pass a plate to collect tithes and offerings during the service as indicated in the bulletin. If you are a visitor with us, 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 that (and only that) in the plate as it passes, to give us a record of your visit.
- Congregational Singing: We will be singing as a congregation, and the hymns will be indicated in the bulletin and can be found in the red hymnals in each pew rack.
- 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.
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.
About Our Worship
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. 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. 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.