Worship

Welcome to this Body of Christ in downtown Springfield. Every Sunday you are invited to 10:00 a.m. fellowship and coffee in the Commons. There is a second opportunity each Sunday after worship to meet new people and greet friends while sharing refreshments. The Commons is in the building addition north of the sanctuary.
 

Sunday Worship
Sunday mornings | 10:30 a.m. | in the Sanctuary
There is a coffee hour after Sunday worship – in the Commons – directly north of the Sanctuary, in the new(er) wing.

Wednesday Evening Worship Gathering - Resumes this Fall
Wednesday evenings | 5:30 p.m. | in the Chapel
Enter church through garden entrance or parking lot portico entrance.
- Potluck and then choir practice and other small group gatherings follow -

 

FPC Sanctuary /Christmas | ©2016 First Presbyterian Church/Springfield, IL
What should I expect to happen in a worship service?
 

We begin with a time for reflection and individual silent prayer, listening for God's presence during the prelude (opening music, usually the organ). The worship service then begins with a welcome, announcements, and a "Call to Worship," which calls us all together, mind and spirit, in the worship of God. After the first hymn, we confess our broken relationships with each other and with God — for which God offers healing and forgiveness. Presbyterians believe in direct access to God, and the inclusion of this time of communal confession reflects this belief.

Presbyterians celebrate two sacraments. Sacraments are holy manifestations of God's love. The sacraments are the Lord's Supper and Baptism. The Lord's Supper is also known as "Holy Communion," the "Eucharist," and "the Breaking of Bread." 



Chalice and Paten - Communion | ©2016 iStockphoto.com 3065645The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper


We believe that Christ is really present with us in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper: in this sacrament Christ is inviting us to be nourished by God's everpresent love. In response to Christ's love we are called to live a life of grace and hope, caring for the world that God loves.

The Lord's Supper has roots in the Jewish Passover meal (Exodus 12:1-28). Jesus commanded us to receive this sacrament on the day before he was crucified. (Mark 14:22, Mark 14:24). After Jesus' death and resurrection, two disciples met a stranger who broke bread, blessed it, and gave the bread to them. The stranger was Jesus — the Lord's Supper is a sign of the risen Christ and of Christ's continuing presence with us.

The communion table is public (open), rather than private (or closed). Our church’s polity makes this statement about the Lord's Supper (or Communion): 


Quotation MarkAll the baptized faithful are to be welcomed to the Table, and none shall be excluded because of race, sex, age, economic status, social class, handicap condition. . . as we remember that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love.



baptism | ©2016 First Presbyterian Church/ Springfield ILThe Sacrament of Baptism

Jesus was baptized and invites us to also be baptized into God's family of faith. Anne Meredith Wilson describes symbolism in this sacrament in this way,

quotation mark The water of baptism reminds us of the waters of creation, the Flood, and the Exodus from Egypt, and of God's promises to previous generations. When the water dries, it leaves no visible mark, yet it signifies God's faithfulness to us and our promise to be faithful to God. It is both a sign of God's grace and a seal of God's promises.

The Presbyterian Church celebrates baptism as part of a public worship service. We baptize children and adults. Children are presented by their parents, who profess their faith 

When one is baptized, two promises are made; to accept God's love and to love all God's creation.