Worship

Easter 2012 - 137

All are welcome to worship with us!

Worship begins on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. We celebrate the Lord weekly by praying together aloud and in silence, by reading scripture, singing hymns both old and new, receiving inspiration from beautiful music, and seeking fresh perspectives on faith from our pastor’s message.

Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Anyone who has been baptized in Jesus’ name and accepts Him as their saviour is welcome to receive communion with us. Our communion is alcohol-free.

We also have a number of special services throughout the year:

  • Christmas Eve “Carols and Candles”.
  • Easter service.
  • Special seasonal worship opportunities.

Children in Pre-K through 5th grade participate in activities and music geared for their ages.

For children younger than age three, loving and professional care is available in the Nursery during worship service. You can even be given a pager to use during the service so the Nursery staff can stay in touch with you!

Special Needs. Hearing-Impaired devices and large print bulletins and song sheets are available upon request. If you or a loved one are unable to climb stairs, please enter through the rear parking lot (off South Grove St.) and take the elevator up one floor to the sanctuary. The restrooms on that floor are also handicapped-accessible. And if you need transportation, please contact the church office!

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HOLY WEEK HAPPENINGS HERE AT THE CHURCH

Palm Sunday – April 9

Come join us as we re-create the Palm Parade and then move our way through the story of Holy Week. This unique service is both joyful and somber, with a wide variety of music to help open our hearts to the mysteries of our Lord’s passion. Plan to bring a friend or two, and to take a palm branch home.

Seder Meal – April 12

Our congregation will gather for a “Seder Meal” at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12th. This is a potluck fellowship/worship meal based on the tradition of the Jewish Passover. In our Christian version we will conclude with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We will explore the roots of the sacrament, recalling the Passover meal Jesus was celebrating the night before his death. This will be very child friendly; in fact we will need children as active participants. Sign-up sheets will be available on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall.

Maundy Thursday – April 13

We’ll hold this special service in our chapel, which is the perfect setting for it. It will be an opportunity to slow down, reach deep inside and recall the original Last Supper and the events that followed. The service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday – April 14

The community Good Friday event this year will be a Sacred Music Concert held at First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The Bowling Green Choral Society will offer “St. John’s Passion,” a major work by Johanne Sabastian Bach. Seating will fill quickly so plan to be prompt.

More on Good FridayPlease plan to take some time and explore Holy Week with the Good Friday prayer stations that will be available in our sanctuary and chapel.  They will be available from 9:00 am through 9:00 pm.

Easter Sunday – April 16

The great Day of Resurrection – our highest holy day – will begin with a glorious service of worship, featuring brass and choir and children and lilies and …well, come and see. We’ll receive our One Great Hour of Sharing mission offering.

Easter Potluck Luncheon

Potluck Easter Brunch—There will be a Potluck following the Easter Service April 16th. The main dish (meat) will be provided  We are asking those planning to attend to bring a side dish or dessert to the potluck to share.  Please contact the church office (if you haven’t already) to tell us what dishes (fruit, salad, dessert, vegetable, and to help set-up or help clean-up) you are bringing and how many will be attending. This will help to make sure we have an assortment of delicious items at the potluck.

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Worship CDs – An excellent way to continue helping your child be immersed in God’s Word is to listen to our worship service throughout the week.  You can request a CD from Miss Adriane or from the church office to listen to at home or in the car.  Listening to the CDs allows your child to remember what happened on Sunday and help familiarize them with our group prayers and sung responses like the Doxology.

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Every Sunday at 7 p.m., a group of BGSU students gathers to celebrate The Loving Inclusion That God Has Taught.  The LIGHT is a recently formed campus organization whose mission directly aligns with ours here at First Presbyterian Church.  We have a message and discussion, and a time for prayer. Heather Jordan is the faculty representative and has been working with students on campus Sunday evenings.

Interested in joining us? Come to 114 Education Building on Sunday nights from 7-8:30 pm. Want to help but can’t attend? College students ALWAYS appreciate the gift of good food.  If you want to bring a snack for the students when you attend church on Sundays, Heather Jordan will make sure it gets to the students for their meetings.  For more information, contact the group’s Faculty Advisor, Heather Jordan at hljordan@bgsu.edu or 330-734-8917.