Worship with Us!

We believe 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.

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

Below you'll find all you need for English and Sudanese (Nuer) worship services.

 

IN-PERSON in the sanctuary Sundays @ 10 am
SPECTRUM TV Channel 1302 Thursdays @ 8 pm & Fridays @ 1 pm
ONLINE on Facebook.com/FPCLincoln Sundays @ 10 am
ANYTIME on our Online Worship Services Page

Worship is centered in the scriptures, as we explore how they relate to us today, and how they challenge and comfort us as we grow. Pastor Sue is our lead pastor and preaches most Sundays.

The first Sunday of the month we celebrate the sacrament of communion and everyone, with no exceptions, is welcome to participate, both in-person and online.

We enjoy a variety of music led by our choir, organist, bell choir, and on occasion our children and guest musicians.

Wondering what the difference is between our in-person and our online worship services? 

  • Our in-person service is typically about an hour long, with several pieces of music, several prayers, and a time for children (except the first Sundays of the month).  Our in person service is also broadcast on Spectrum TV on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Our online service is typically about 40 minutes, with less music and prayers, and the Children’s Message is recorded separately so you can watch it with your little ones anytime.  Just click “Watch Online” in the main menu to access them.

Check out the “Newcomers Guide to Worship”

Access full online worship services and recordings, at the “Worship Online & Worship Recordings” button above.

In-Person Worship Bulletin

If you're watching on Spectrum TV, or sitting in the pew on Sunday morning, here is the weekly bulletin.

Sudanese (Nuer) Language Worship
In-Person and Online

Our Sudanese worship service is at 12 noon most Sundays in the Sanctuary.

Pastor Jock Paleak is our pastor for Sudanese Ministries, and leads this service in the Nuer language.

Pastor Jock streams the sermons from the Sudanese worship service on his personal facebook page.  You can find the sermon recordings on the Sudanese Sermons  page.

The Sudanese community in Nebraska meets together for Unity Services about once a month (typically the fourth Sunday), and on those Sundays, there is no noon service at FPC.

To find out more about the Unity Services, email Pastor Jock.

NEW TO WORSHIP?

Welcome! We are so glad you are here! Below is what you can expect when you come to worship.

First things first: we 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!

Attire

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!

 

Worshiping with us online?  We’ll, we guess it’s up to you if you wear anything!

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 at the front of the church).  Just exit those doors, walk down the hallway, and it is the first door on the right.  It is not staffed; however, we do stream the worship service into that room, so if you need to step out for a short time, turn on the TV and you can still be a part of the worship.

Suggestions to make it more fun for your kids:

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!

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.”

What Happens When You Arrive

When you come, 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 will probably introduce themselves and welcome you.  🙂

During the announcements, everyone is invited to fill out a CONNECTION CARD (in your bulletin or online at fpclincoln.org/connect).  These cards help us know who is with us and for those guests who wish, it gives us an opportunity to connect with you during the week for coffee and/or conversation.  Sometimes people write down prayer requests, and you can even use it to let us know what you’re interested in or what questions you have.  We collect the cards following the sermon.

We encourage you to put down your contact info if you are comfortable with that.  We don’t share information with anyone, nor will we spam you.  You will NOT be asked to stand up and introduce yourselves to the congregation!

Worshiping Online?  You can access the Connection Card ad Prayer Request Cards at the Sunday Links tab on the menu.

Accessible Worship & Bulletins (Guides)

A Guide

When you’re new, it’s nice to have a guide so you know what’s going on.  The bulletin will guide you through the worship service.  You can scan the QR code on the pew if you’d rather use a digital bulletin.

Worshiping Online?  You can access the bulletin for the current online service  by clicking here.

Large Print

Need large print – just ask an usher when you enter.

Standing/Sitting

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

Speaking Together

Bold print in the bulletin indicates where we speak in unison.  Don’t know one of our traditional prayers?  No problem – they’re included in the bulletin.  We come from different faith traditions and some from no faith tradition, so we recognize that what is traditional for one may not be for someone else.  You may join in or not as you wish.

Symbols

You’ll notice symbols beside every section of the bulletin.  These symbols sometimes make it easier for children, individuals with autism, and even people losing cognitive functions, to know what is going on and to follow along.

Singing

We use a hymnal called Glory to God, located in the pew racks.  Hymns are indicated with a number located at the top of the page.  (This is different from the page numbers at the bottom of the page.)

Don’t want to sing?  That’s OK!  Some of our attendees sing with gusto, others prefer to just enjoy other’s singing.

Closing Music

After the benediction (the closing words and blessing), many people choose to stay seated for the postlude.  If you wish to stay, following the benediction (the pastor’s last words), sit down and enjoy the music, or leave as you need or desire.

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.  Many of our members give electronically or by text, and we have an offering box near the two main exits from the sanctuary, so people can give as they exit.

You can also give online.

Communion

Communion involves sharing a common loaf of bread and cup, 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 are 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.

In our In-Person worship service, we normally use use Udi’s White Sandwich Bread, which is gluten and corn free, and Welch’s Grape Juice. (Due to COVID, we are currently using individually wrapped communion elements which will be handed to you as you enter the sanctuary.  They also are gluten and corn free. There are trays to dispose of the cups in each pew.)

For our Online worship service, we encourage you at home to use whatever is convenient.  God’s spirit and power is not limited by time or space, and God takes what we bring to communion for bread and cup, and makes us one.

We offer what is called “open communion.”  That means that everyone, without exception (age, membership, understanding, etc.), is welcome to participate in communion.  It is offered on the first Sunday of the month at our 10 am in person service and in our online worship service.

Mobility & Hearing Accessibility

MOBILITY ACCESSIBILITY

  • In the East Entrance, there is a lift on left side of the gray wall that will take you to the main level.
  • There is a lift to Great Hall.
  • At the Main Office entrance, there is a ramp to access the building.
  • The elevator is located near the sanctuary.

HEARING LOOP

The sanctuary, Great Hall, and Fellowship Hall are all equipped with a hearing loop to aid those with hearing difficulties.  If your hearing aid is equipped with a telecoil (T-coil), have your audiologist activate it, and you will be able to switch your hearing aid to t-coil and the sound system will broadcast directly to your hearing aid.

We also have some portable hearing devices equipped with t-coils.  Just ask an usher to get one for you.

Winter Church Closings

If the church services are canceled due to winter weather, information will be in a banner on the top of our website, and posted on:

Questions?

We know it can be scary to come into a new worship place.  You may not know anyone, you may not be sure where to go or what is expected, so if you’ve got questions, let us know, or if you’d like someone to meet you at our East Entrance doors (off of 18th St.), just let us know.

Worship In-Person or Online

We'd love to get to know you. Join us for our next interactive service!

Sunday Morning In-Person Worship (English)

10:00 AM

Sunday Morning Online Worship (English)

10:00 AM Facebook.com/FPCLincoln

Sunday Worship (Nuer - Sudanese)

12:00 PM

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