Worship

photo courtesy of Richard Suter

 In Memoriam Concert

Sunday, April 29, 2018

4pm

  Twenty-three singers are faithfully preparing for the special memoriam concert planned for April 29th entitled “In Paradisum”.  We will also be singing a “Te Deum” and three other shorter anthems.  Additionally, we will have seventeen instrumentalists to accompany individual selections.  We will be remembering the lives and influence of devoted church heroes, particularly John Garrott, Sara Moffatt and Teresa Moore.  The all Dan Forrest program is one of the most challenging and, for me, the most rewarding musical presentations we have undertaken in my tenure as music director at First Presbyterian.  Forrest is an excellent contemporary arranger/composer.  He is rooted in traditional harmony, but utilizes interesting rhythms and time signatures and somewhat different formats than Baroque, Classical or Romantic Era composers to offer a fresh new perspective in 21st Century choral composition.

 

Reformed Worship has only one audience:  God

For over 180 years we have gathered as a community of faith to do the work of worship.  We seek to shape worship but God in corporate worship shapes us.  We do not come to consume religious goods and services we come to follow Jesus Christ with lives given in worship.

We gather, we confess our sins before God, we reconcile with each other and pass the peace, we praise God, we recite liturgy and ancient confessions, we celebrate the sacraments and listen to the Word proclaimed.  All this is done for God alone: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Sacraments:  The Lord's Supper (First Sunday); Baptism

The Word Proclaimed:  Biblical sermons preached from the Lectionary

The Music:  Variety of styles (mostly traditional) with special music, the Organ, the Chancel Choir and contemporary forms

The Fellowship:  Passing the Peace, Cares and Concerns