Worshiping is responding to God’s love in Jesus Christ, and worship at First Presbyterian Church is a warm and inspirational experience. The Reformed tradition of worship includes singing hymns, praising the Lord through music, offering prayers of confession and intercession, listening to Scripture read and proclaimed, affirming our faith, and the age-old Christian tradition of “passing the peace.” During the passing of the peace worshipers greet those around them by shaking hands, saying, “The peace of Christ be with you,” and responding with, “And also with you.” This exchange occurs at a point in the worship service after we have confessed our sins and have acknowledged that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven. As forgiven Christians, we then remind each other that Christ’s peace is with us. We are also demonstrating peace and reconciliation in the body of Christ.
Our worship includes a wide variety of music formats, from classical to contemporary to bluegrass, using all kinds of instruments, including organ, bells, and guitars. Each service ends with a unique tradition—joining hands and singing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” as we thank God for one another and take God’s love out into the world. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.