At First Presbyterian Church we believe that it is important to think the faith, feel the faith, and live the faith. Therefore, we strive to design a traditional worship service that will engage your head, heart, and hand, regardless of your age.

Below you will find information about our worship services, what to expect if you are new, directions for finding the various worship spaces, and information about winter closings.

 

We have three worship services on Sundays:

  1. 1st, or Early Service at 8:30 am:  This is a smaller, more relaxed classic service, with active involvement of kids, piano, and occasional special music, in an intimate worship space in Great Hall.
  2. 2nd, or Late Service at 11:00 am (10 am summers):  This is a classic service held in the sanctuary, with a world class organ, choir, handbells, brass, with a message time for kids.
  3. 3rd, or Sudanese Service at 12:30 pm:  This service is held in Great Hall, in the Nuer language.  If you speak Nuer, you will feel right at home.  If you don’t, you will be welcomed warmly and someone will help you know what’s going on during the service.

SUMMER WORSHIP HOURS

Sunday after Memorial Day Weekend – Sunday before Labor Day Weekend
8:30 a.m. Worship (Great Hall)
9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Discovery (Room 107)
10:00 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary)
12:30 p.m. Sudanese (Nuer) Worship (Great Hall) Except 1st Sunday of the month, where worship is held offsite with Sudanese from around the state.

Sundays of Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends:  Worship at 10:00 am. No 8:30 a.m. worship

FALL-WINTER-SPRING WORSHIP

Sunday after Labor Day Weekend – Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend
8:30 a.m. Worship (Great Hall)
9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Education & Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary)
12:30 p.m. Sudanese (Nuer) Worship (Great Hall) Except 1st Sunday of the month, where worship is held offsite with Sudanese from around the state.

 

Come join us for worship and feed your soul upon the Word and in community.

 

NEW TO WORSHIP?

Welcome!  We are so glad you are here!

First things first – are a pretty laid back group of people. We enjoy worship, we enjoy laughter, we enjoy visiting and learning about each other, and we enjoy God!

Dress?
We are a “Come as you are” kind of church. You’ll find people in suits and dresses, and people in jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. So be comfortable!

What about Children?
We WELCOME children in worship!  They are a gift from God and where better to be than in the midst of God’s people?  We do recognize that younger children can be sometimes squirmy and are not always the quietest of worshipers – and that’s OK!  We also recognize that sometimes parents are more anxious about their children’s antics than other worshipers, so if at any time you feel you want to step out to attend to your child or give them a break, we do have a COMFORT ROOM.  It is located outside the North sanctuary doors (the ones near the pulpit), just exit those doors, and walk down the hallway, and it is the first door on the right.  It is not staffed, however we do broadcast the worship service into that room, so if you need to step out for a short time, you can still be a part of the worship.   If you prefer not to exit the front of the sanctuary (we are used to that being used during worship) you can exit the rear of the sanctuary.  Just ask one of our ushers at the back of the sanctuary if they would show you the way.  If you’re game to find it yourself – exit the sanctuary at the back, turn right, and whenever you can’t go straight, turn right again.  So basically you’ll take 3 right turns, and then it is the 3rd door on the left.

Suggestions:

Sit toward the front of the sanctuary where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on.  They tire of seeing the back of other people’s heads!

Feel free to explain the parts of the worship service to help them understand what’s going on.  There are pictures next to each part of the service in the bulletin to help your child know what we’re doing.

Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses with your child.  They learn by copying you!

If at any time you do need to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so and know what we encourage you to come back.  As Jesus said, “let the little children come to me.”

During Worship?
When you come to either the 1st or 2nd services, you will be warmly welcomed by our greeters, and handed a bulletin, which will tell you about what happens during worship, and about other events going on in the life of the church.

You are welcome to sit anywhere!  No one will look at you funny if you are “in their pew.”  However they may introduce themselves and welcome you.  🙂

During the announcements the Friendship Pads are passed.  You’ll find them at the end of the pews near the center aisle.  We encourage you put put down your contact info if you are comfortable with that.  We don’t share information with anyone.  We do appreciate the contact info so we can thank you later for worshiping with us.  You will NOT be asked to stand up and introduce yourselves to the congregation!

We do enjoy a short “Passing of the Peace” time, during which we greet those around us.  Don’t be surprised if people notice someone new and come over to introduce themselves.

When you see an asterix (*) in the bulletin that indicates that you may stand if you wish / are able.

Bold print in the bulletin indicates where congregation reads together.

Singing:  Hymns are indicated with a number.  These are not page numbers, they are hymn numbers.  When you open the hymnals (found in the pew racks), you’ll see the numbers in large bold print at the top of each page.  And if you don’t want to sing?  That’s OK too!  Some of our attendees sing with gusto, others prefer to just enjoy other’s singing!

Offering:  We receive an offering at every service.  This is an opportunity for those who wish to contribute toward the ministry of the church, or to give in gratitude for what they have received.  As a guest, please do not feel obligated to give, unless you feel so moved.  You will not feel out of place if you choose not to.  Many of our members give electronically, so people give in many ways, not always through the offering plate.  We do put information in the bulletin about giving by text, if that is something you feel moved to do.

Communion:  Communion involves sharing a common loaf of bread and a cup of wine (we use grape juice), and we retell the story of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, and then share that bread and juice with all who are present.  The language of communion sounds strange to those who did not grow up with it.  We talk about the bread being Christ’s body broken for us and the juice being Christ’s blood shed for us.  Presbyterians do not believe that the bread and juice of communion is the actual body and blood of Christ.  We do believe that Christ is truly and really present through this sacred meal, to strengthen us and guide us.  We offer what is called “open communion.”  That means that everyone, without exception (age, membership, understanding, etc.), is welcome to share communion when it is offered.  It is offered weekly at our 8:30 service, and on the first Sunday of the month at our 10/11 am service.

If you have any questions about our worship, please contact Pastor Sue.  You can contact her through the “Contact us” page.

 

WHERE DO I PARK?

18th St. Parking:  This is our main lot for Sunday worship.  You can enter off of 18th St. between F St. & G St. Handicapped spots are the first spots on the two outside aisles.

F. St. Parking:  this is right across the street from our 18th St. Parking, enter off of F. St. between 18th & 19th streets.

G. St. Parking:  If you are coming to the office during the week, this is the easiest lot to use.  Accessed from G. St. between 17th St. & 18th St.

17th St. Parking:  Located across the street from the main office entrance, this lot is on the SW corner of 17th & Ft. St.  Enter through the alley on 17th St.

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

Looking for the Sanctuary and the 11 am (10 am Summer) Worship?
If you enter the building through the East Entrance (off of 18th St.), come up the steps, through the door, and turn left.
If you enter the building through the main sanctuary door (SE Corner of 17th and F St.), you’re there!
If you enter the building through the Office Entrance (on 17th St., near the North Lot), go straight until you come to the Great Hall steps, turn right, then left, then right.

Looking for Great Hall and the 8:30 Worship?
If you enter the building through the East Entrance (off of 18th St.), come up the steps, through the door, and turn right, then left, then right again.  Great Hall is just past the water fountain.
If you enter the building through the main sanctuary door (SE Corner of 17th and F St.), you’ll need to walk through the sanctuary to the front and out the double doors on the left.  Go to the end of the hall, then turn left, then right.  Great Hall is just past the water fountain.
If you enter the building through the Office Entrance (on 17th St., near the North Lot), Great Hall is straight ahead.

Handicap Accessibility?
In the East Entrance, there is a lift on the south side of the gray wall that will take you to the main level.
At the office entrance, there is a ramp to access the building.
The elevator is located near the sanctuary.

Winter Church Closings

If the church services are canceled due to winter weather, information will be posted on:
KFOR 103.3 FM  www.kfornow.com/weather-closings
Channel 10  KOLN www.1011now.com/weather/closings
Channel 8  KLKN  www.klkntv.com

TV Worship Broadcast

Services are broadcast on Lincoln’s Spectrum Channel 1302 Thursdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 1 pm.

 

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