Archive December 19, 2021

Worship with us today – December 19

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

What’s your favorite Christmas carol? Songs have a unique way of touching our hearts, especially this time of year. On the last Sunday of Advent, we wrap up our study of The Heart that Grew Three Sizes by Matt Rawle. We remember that at the end of the story hearing the Whos singing moves the Grinch to change. Our focus today is on what might move us during this special time in our hearts. Given the need, fear, and stress that seems to be everywhere, we focus on the power of the newborn king to change our hearts and lives. Learn how to face and erase the darkness in your world this Christmas. Click here to join us live on Facebook or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Our souls magnify the Lord, and our spirits rejoice in God our savior!”
  • Today’s songs are “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Luke 1: 39-55.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us today! December 12

 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Do you hang lights on your house at Christmas? What kinds of lights do you prefer on your tree, white or different colors? Lights are everywhere during this season, underscoring the importance of Jesus as the light coming into the world. Today is the third Sunday of Advent, and we continue our journey to the manger and the birth of the Savior of the world. We’re in the middle of a series inspired by a book called “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes” by Matt Rawle, which discusses lessons of faith found in the story of the Grinch. This week, we’re talking about When Light Comes. Learn how to face and erase the darkness in your world this Christmas. Click here to join us live on Facebook or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Come Lord Jesus. Light our world. Light our lives.”
  • Today’s songs are “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is John 1:1-14.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us today – December 5

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Today is the second Sunday of Advent, and we continue our journey to the manger and the birth of the Savior of the world. We’re in the middle of a series inspired by a book called “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes” by Matt Rawle, which discusses lessons of faith found in the story of the Grinch. This week we’ll explore “When Christmas Just Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas.” Have you ever had an experience of doing all the right things, but they don’t produce the desired result? How does that land on your heart and soul? Click here to join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook then, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube to find out how to keep Grinchiness out of your heart and let more Jesus into it. 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Be light for our darkness.”
  • Today’s songs are “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” and “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Luke 1:26-33.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – November 28

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

This Sunday is the start of the Advent season, which is the time of preparation for the birth of the Christ child. First Church is excited to be starting a new Bible Study and sermon series that looks at Christmas from the perspective of the popular character the Grinch. The series is inspired by a book called “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes” by Matt Rawle. This week we’ll explore “When Christmas is All Wrong.” People expect things in life. What happens when news or a season that should bring joy doesn’t meet your needs or expectations? Click here to join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook then, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube as we talk about “When Christmas Is All Wrong.” 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Birth new life within us, that we may abide in your perfect love — the love that casts out fear.”
  • Today’s songs are “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Luke 1:5-25.
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – November 21

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! It’s easy to be cynical in this world. Our news is full of stories of those who abuse power and act selfishly. Disciples of Christ should not fall into this pattern because we know the truth of God, and that truth gives us an unshakable hope. This Sunday, we celebrate the Reign of Christ and the Thanksgiving holiday. We will hear one of the reminders of why Jesus is indeed King of Kings, and we will also give thanks for the true king who comes from a place of love in all that He does for us. Click here to join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook then, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube as we talk about “Not of This World.” 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Blessing and honor and glory and might be unto the Lamb!”
  • Today’s songs are “To God Be the Glory” and “Oh How I Love Jesus.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Revelation 1:4-8; and John 18:33-37
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – November 14

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Doubt happens. Everyone who walks in faith has moments when we question whether God will deliver for us. Pressing through these moments is critical in a life of faith. Join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook then, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube as we talk about “Do You Have Nots?” 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “We receive and believe because the One who promised is faithful.”
  • Today’s songs are “He Has Made Me Glad” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Roman 8:18-39. 
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – November 7

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Do you like leftovers? A lot of folks do. However, no one likes feeling like they are getting someone’s leftover time or energy. Jesus reminds us that love treats others as priorities, not leftovers. Join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook then, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube as we talk about “Leftover Love.” Click here for the stream/video.

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Let us rejoice and be glad in our salvation.”
  • Today’s songs are “For All the Saints” and “Leftover Love.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Mark 12:38-44. 
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

 

Worship with us today – October 31

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

What scares you? Everyone is afraid of something. As we come together on Halloween morning, scary things are front and center. We may not want to admit it, but we can be surprised by some things that scare us. One thing may scare us more than anything else, but it’s the most important thing for us to do. Join us this morning in person at 11:00 AM, live on Facebook at that time, or watch any time of Facebook or Youtube. to find out how to get past “The Scariest Thing.” 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “We will love the Lord our God and our neighbors with all that we are.”
  • Today’s songs are “Oh For A Thousand Tounges to Sing” and “Blessed Assurance” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is Mark 12:28-34. 
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

 

Worship with us today – October 24

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Do you want to live at your best? We all need certain things to help us live at our best. This morning we conclude our series “Doer of the Word.” This message focuses on something that teaches us about what helps us live at our best. Join us this week in person or live on Facebook at 11:00 AM as we wrap up how lessons on how to be Doers of the Word. 

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Hear our prayer, Lord. Give us clear sight.”
  • Today’s songs are “Oh How I Love Jesus” and “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The scripture reading is James 5:13-20. 
  • Please leave a prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!