Well, the BIG DAY is finally here: it’s our first Sunday in the new sanctuary and there is much excitement to be sure. It is a day that has been eagerly anticipated for some time now. As with any new and exciting moment in the life of a church, such as a new sanctuary, there are always additional changes that happen – some minor, some major – and this will be no exception. The purpose and intention of this blog from the beginning was to help you better prepare for worship, even in the midst of location changes; and as your Worship Director, I want to be as diligent as possible in helping you understand why we do what we do.
One of the bigger changes you are sure to notice, apart from the building, is the new FPO Worship Guide. You are also sure to notice we are no longer incorporating the use of screens or projectors in worship. We have not become “anti-screen” by any means but, we are constantly evaluating ourselves to make sure we are doing the right things in the way of teaching people about worship, our liturgy and helping you even after you’ve left church on Sunday. We believe one of the better ways we could do this is to create a resource you can take with you. We also hope it serves to answer some of the questions you may have about our worship. We pray the new worship guide serves you in that very way. You can download this coming week’s worship guide right here. We look forward to seeing you all this Lord’s Day as we celebrate and rejoice in His great provision in the form of a new sanctuary but most importantly, His great provision of mercy and grace He has so freely given us in Christ Jesus.
THE PREACHED WORD
Scripture: John 1:1-18
Sermon: Where Children Wade and Elephants Swim
Come Thou Fount
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DECLARATION OF FAITH
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.