Worship & Music
Worship is central to our life together as Christians, our thankful response of praise to our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
The Word of God as found in the Bible is central to worship at First Presbyterian Church. It also is firmly grounded in Reformed theology and practice.
In addition to services every Sunday, we hold special worship services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, weekly during Lent, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Some of these services are held jointly with other congregations in the area, both Presbyterian and other denominations.
This service meets in the Chapel.
We use the same order of worship as the 11:00 service, but the music has a relaxed contemporary style. Accompaniment is led by piano, along with guitar, violin, and drums most Sundays. Instead of an anthem sung by a choir, there is more congregational singing, which is led by the Worship/Praise Band directed by Deborah Burgess. The smaller, more intimate space allows for a casual worshipful experience. Pastor Mark includes a time for children. If you are interested in being a part of the Worship/Praise Band, contact Deborah.
This service meets in the Sanctuary.
We have a magnificent organ played by virtuoso organist Cynthia Dobrinski for traditional hymns and service music. A grand piano is also used, most often to accompany the Chancel Choir, which sings an anthem and benediction response. Occasionally service music is provided by the Sanctuary Ringers handbell ensemble or solo musicians.
A special Sunday delight is witnessing children of the church participate in the children's message. The younger children then leave for their own special Children's Worship.
A key ingredient to worshiping God is the music experience. First Presbyterian Church is blessed with many talented musicians, both vocal and instrumental. There are choirs for children and adults, along with a handbell choir (open to teens and adults). Church members also contribute to our worship by playing various musical instruments. The church's music program enables the congregation to offer God our highest praise. In all aspects of our worship, we seek to give glory to God and to live and serve as followers of Jesus Christ in the world.
In the event of inclement weather affecting scheduled services and events, the Pastor will confer with the Facilities and Worship committee moderators and make a decision about whether to cancel.
If services or events are cancelled or postponed, the information will be posted on the Facebook page, an email sent to the Steeple Views Weekly subscribers, and carried on the Roanoke TV stations WDBJ-7 and WSLS-10.
Flowers enhance the beauty of our Sanctuary and bring glory to God during worship services. They are a lovely way to memorialize or honor a loved one, as well.
There are two ways to contribute flowers: You may supply fresh flowers (cut or potted), either from a florist or your garden, or you may make a monetary donation to any mission or fund of the church and use one of the church's silk flower arrangements. An announcement of your donation and honoree will be printed in the bulletin for the service.
Contact the Flower Committee, a subcommittee of the Worship Committee, or the church office to sign up for a date.
The Communion Guild is made up of teams that prepare the communion elements, clean up afterwards, and maintain the Sacristy and communionware. We are always looking for help with this ministry. Please contact Teri Ferguson if you're interested.
Our pastor frequently uses texts from the Revised Common Lectionary in the worship services. These passages may be found here:
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