Worship

Join Us For Worship

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.

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

In-Person Worship

English Language Worship

Join us for worship Sundays at 10 am in the Sanctuary.

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.

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

Sudanese (Nuer) Language Worship

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

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

On Communion Sundays everyone is encouraged to join the 10 am service for communion.

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.

Worship Online, TV & Phone

Looking for worship options you can access remotely?

Sermons

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Worship Services

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Sermon by Phone

Yes - you don't need modern technology to listen to our sermons!
Call 402-200-4940 and it will play automatically.

Watch on TV

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

NEW TO WORSHIP?

Welcome! We are so glad you are here!

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!

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.   If you prefer not to exit the front of the sanctuary (don’t worry – 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.

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!

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

** Below is what you can expect in “normal” times.  As we regather during this time of the COVID pandemic, please click the  “Safety Protocols” tab above.

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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 CONNECT CARD (in your bulletin).  These cards help us know who is with us and to follow up with guests with a more personalized welcome. 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!

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

Accessible Worship & Bulletins

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.

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.  You are welcome to stay 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.

We 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.)

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 inter-active service!

Sunday Morning In-Person Worship (English)

10:00 AM Sanctuary

Sunday Morning Online Worship (English)

10:00 AM Facebook.com/FPCLincoln

Sunday Worship (Nuer - Sudanese)

12:00 PM Sanctuary

Wednesday Evening Prayer (English)

7:45 PM Facebook.com/FPCLincoln

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