WORSHIP AT FCC
WORSHIP AT FCC
Worship is Why We Gather
Worship Service is held in the Sanctuary Sundays at 10:30am.
We will continue to follow weekly COVID guidelines & recommendations through the NJ CALI score.
Worship celebrates the presence of God among us!
Worship is why we gather.
Sunday morning is a time when we bring our whole selves — faithful, and flawed — to the experience of worship. It is the time of “sacred alignment”, when we shift our focus from the distractions of our day and place God at the center of our lives. We praise God and honor all God’s people through inclusive language, prophetic preaching, creative liturgy and inspiring music. While our sanctuary is impressive and historic, our worship is accessible, lively and relevant. Or, as we like to say, our faith is 2000 years old; our thinking is not!
We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month and ALL are welcome. In defiance of the cultural and religious rules of his time, Jesus crossed boundaries and invited all to join him at the table. In the spirit of Jesus’ radical hospitality and inclusion, our Communion table is an “open table” — everyone present , regardless of age or faith, is welcome to participate. No doubt is too strong, no faith is too weak to share in the abundant feast that God sets before us.
Worship begins promptly at 10:30 am and our services last around an hour and fifteen minutes, give or take. We follow our service with a coffee and fellowship hour.
Child care is available throughout the service for children 3 and under and our older children are always welcome in the church school. Click here for more information on your Children and Youth Ministries.
Sacred, Celebratory, Centering
Music is the heartbeat of our worship
Great sacred music is much more than a good performance; it touches the soul. While FCC has a rich history of excellence in sacred music, musical excellence alone is not the goal. Rather, sacred music is one approach of many to experience and worship the Divine in community.
Throughout the course of the year, many people participate in the Music Ministry at FCC, including children and youth, amateurs, and professionals. No talent is too small or too great. In each musical offering, we strive to connect the musician with the Divine, connect the musician with fellow worshipers, and in so doing, connect worshipers with one another and with the Divine.
As progressive Christians, we strive to incorporate many styles of music from many traditions to reflect our diversity, to proclaim our identity, and to celebrate the depth and breadth of God’s love for all humankind. We play everything for choral to contemporary, ancient hymns to gospel songs.
We would be delighted to have you join us in Music Ministry. We believe that musical expression can be a profound way to both deepen our personal spiritual journey while also experiencing an enriched sense of community. If you would like to be a part of music at FCC, please reach out to our Music Director, Julie Morgan at email@example.com.
One in Baptism, One at the Table
God’s grace is celebrated in Baptism and Communion. We call these rituals “sacraments.”
Sacraments are the outward and visible sign of the invisble grace of God. Through the water of baptism, we share in God's promise to us that we are, and always will be, God's beloved child. Baptism is the sign and seal of our identity as Christians, a symbol of our commitment to love and serve one another as Jesus taught us. At FCC baptisms are always perfomed within worship, for they speak to both a "vertical" and "horizontal" spiritual reality. "Vertical", between us and God, and "horizontal" as it is lived out in community. Baptisms can be held at any time during the year and we baptize people of all ages. If you are interested in the sacrament of Baptism, please contact Rev. Ann to begin the conversation.
In the Sacrament of Communion we experience Christ’s extraordinary presence in the ordinary elements of bread and juice. Together, around God’s welcome table, we recall God’s loving acts in Jesus, experience oneness in God, hope for a time when all will be fed, and anticipate the fullness of God’s love and justice throughout creation. Our table is an Open Table -- everyone present is welcome to share in the sacrament, that includes people of all ages, status and faith -- no doubt is too strong, no faith to weak. It is Christ who invites us to God's feast of love. As ours is a table where all are welcome, we also have a gluten free variety of the bread for those who require that.
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of every month, as well as Christmas Eve, Easter, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.