Upcoming Memorial Services

Gene Woroch
Wednesday, July 1
11:00 a.m.

Jeannette Mattoon
Friday, July 10
10:30 a.m.

Communion education for families


Time and Time Again: The Liturgical Calendar Explained


This Week:    
Sunday, July 5

10:00 a.m.

Rev. Dr. David Bianchin

Deuteronomy 5: 12-15

Sabbath and Freedom


 is on hiatus until the end of summer


with dinner and fellowship following


What is first@five ?             

Sunday evening
worship service, first@five

(First Church at 5:00 p.m.).

When we launched “first@five” two years ago, many people asked me what kind of service this would be...traditional? contemporary? contemplative?

 While I tend to shy away from these broad labels, there are some key elements of this service that may give you an insight into the kind of worship experience we are seeking to offer.  For example, first@five

  • Draws on multiple cultures for liturgy and musical styles, including folk, rock and world music. This is not just for "flavor" but to be mindful of the entire world that we are a part of as we worship. This also serves to make worship as open and welcoming as possible to people of all cultures and traditions.
  • Intentionally uses language that reflects the biblical images of God, our rich theological traditions, and the diversity found in our world. As stated in The Book of Order, "The Church is committed to using language in such a way that all members of the community of faith may recognize themselves to be included, addressed, and equally cherished before God.”
  • Seeks to create a child and youth friendly environment, incorporating creative and participatory elements.  The service is also a little briefer, typically 40 minutes, which can be a blessing for those of us with shorter attention spans.
  • Invites everyone during the service to light a candle; a reminder that we are each bearers of God’s light shining in and through us and symbolizing the offering of our lives and prayers up to God.
  • Shares the communion meal together every week, affirming that Christ invites everyone... everyone... everyone... who wishes to be fed at the table where Jesus is host to come and receive—not because we are worthy, but because we are hungry.
  • And finally, speaking of “hungry,” we follow the service every week with dinner in the South Parlor—an extension of the communion table—to a time of fellowship and renewal with one another.

 Many of our members find Sunday mornings to be the primary time that they wish to gather for worship, but also acknowledge that for some, worship at another time or in a different style may be desirable.  Whichever you choose, we look forward to sharing worship with you in the months and years to come for The body of Christ is only complete when you bring yourself and your gifts to share in our community of faith.

Corey Nelson




Contact cchakoian@firstchurchlf.org for more information. 


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