Typical Worship Service

1st Presbyterian Church is a member of the PC(USA), a reformed denomination tracing its roots back to the writings of John Calvin in Geneva and John Knox in Scotland. 

With its focus on Word and Sacrament, the main body of a Presbyterian worship service moves broadly from chaos to order, from restlessness to peace, from from hearing to doing, from proclamation to thanksgivng, from Word to response, from gathering to going. 

The four-fold movement of the Worship Service:

Gathering: We gather in response to God's call, offering praise in words of scripture, prayer, and song. We acknowledge our sinfulness and receive the assurance of God's forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

The Word: Scriptures are read, and their message is proclaimed through music, sermons, drama and other artistic expressions. 

Response: We offer ourselves in the giving of our prayers, our offerings and lives, in observation and participation in the sacraments, and expressions of faith and committment.

Sending: We are sent forth with the charge to worship our Lord Jesus Christ, and to serve God and neighbor with God's blessing and the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit. 

A Typical Service During Early Spring


We Prepare to Worship God

Our Life Together

Prayer of the Day 

We Gather Around the Word


Lighting of the Candles
Readings for Reflection

*Introit:  #2173 “Shine, Jesus, Shine” (Chorus, v1, Chorus)

*Call to Worship (from Ps. 27)

The Lord is our light and our salvation.
Whom then shall we fear?
The Lord is the strength of our lives.
Of whom shall we be afraid?
Wait for the Lord.
Be strong, take heart,
and wait for the Lord.

*Opening Psalm: Psalm 27                  Beach Spring

God, my light and my salvation,
In whose strength my hope is laid;
Confident in my salvation,
I shall never be afraid.
Evil hosts may rise against me,
Wars distress, and flesh decays;
Yet the cruelest death imagined
But begins my song of praise.

Shelter me within the haven
Of Thy house all time to come;
On the rock of Thy protection,
Let me safely find a home.
Lift me high above the legions
Who would rail against Thy word;
O'er the tumult of division
Make my cry for peace be heard.

When my trust is disappointed,
Faith confronted with disdain;
Friend and foe defeat my purpose,
Even then wilt Thou sustain.
Had I not with eyes believing
Seen the goodness of Thy face,
Never could I taste Thy pleasure,
Nor await Thy saving grace.

Prayer of Confession (from Gen. 15; Ps. 27; Phil. 3)

O Lord,
our light and salvation,
our shield and the stronghold of our lives,
we confess that we have neglected
your gracious covenant;
for though you have granted us citizenship in heaven,
we have concerned ourselves with earthly things;
though your Son has borne the cross for our redemption,
we have indulged the flesh,
fearing to follow him as we should.
Forgive us, merciful God, for our shameful ways,
and transform us in accordance with your glory
and the power by which Christ Jesus
rules over all things.

Assurance of Pardon

*Response: #579, "Glory Be to the Father" Gloria Patri

*Passing of the Peace

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts 
To this peace we are called.
The peace of Christ be with you;
And also with you.

We Proclaim the Word

*Hymn: #84  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”               Rathbun

Prayer for Illumination 

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

Moment with the Children and Youth

Anthem: "In the Sweet By and By"                 

Sermon: "Trusting Humility"    Rev. David Hawkins

*Affirmation of Faith: Apostles' Creed, pg. 14 Hymnal 

I believe in God, the Father almighty
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God, 
the Father Almighty,
from thence he shall come 
to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen  

Intercessions for Lent and the Lord's Prayer

Jesus, remember us when you come into your kingdom.
Hear our intercessions.
For your church around the world,
we ask new life.
For all who carry out ministries in your church,
we ask grace and wisdom.
For people who have accepted spiritual disciplines,
we ask inspired discipleship.
For Christians of every land,
we ask new unity in your name.
For Jews and Muslims and people of other faiths,
we ask your divine blessing.
For those who cannot believe,
we ask your faithful promise.
For governors and rulers in every land,
we ask your guidance.
For people who suffer and sorrow,
we ask your healing peace.
For those who are known only to us and to you,
We ask your loving presence.
Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth, 
as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, 
and forgive us our debts, 
as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever.

Instrumental Amen

We Give Thanks to God

Giving of Our Gifts



*Doxology: #592 "Praise God"              Old Hundredth
*Prayer of Thanksgiving 

We Go in God's Name

*Hymn: #2129  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”        Assam

*Charge and Benediction 

*Response: #2173 “Shine, Jesus, Shine” (Chorus)

Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory,
blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy,
send forth your Word, Lord, and let there be light.  

*The Postlude