Worship

Worship is at the heart of our life as a Christian community. Through music, prayer, scripture, liturgy, architecture, art, preaching, and song we give praise to God, encounter God’s presence, respond to God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and are equipped for God’s service in the world.

Our music is diverse. We believe in glorifying God through a variety of styles, instruments, and musicians. These styles include organ-based hymns, African-American spirituals, Taizé choruses, responsive psalms, and contemporary music!

We seek God in artistic expression because art awakens us to God’s presence. Art evokes and expands our consciousness of the reality and grace of God. With the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows of our sanctuary, the multi-layered fabric of our seasonal worship banners, and the local pottery of our communion chalice, we seek to worship the God who creates in beauty.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Worship is on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Child care is available at 8:30 a.m., through the end of the 11:00 worship service. Sunday morning classes for adults, youth, and children are from 9:45 to 10:45.

The 8:45 worship service is held in the Campbell Chapel, and is a more intimate service with music led by cantor.
The 11:00 a.m. service is held in sanctuary, and is characterized by congregational participation, a wide variety of song, carefully-crafted liturgy, liturgical art, music by a variety of choirs, and excellent preaching.

CHILDREN IN WORSHIP

All children are welcomed into worship, and are encouraged to take an active part in worship, to learn about faith and be recognized as part of the church family

At the 11 a.m. service, younger children may leave for nursery care after the Children’s Moment and passing the peace. Elementary age children are encouraged to remain in the service.

Children are encouraged to participate in worship leadership through ushering, greeting, carrying communion elements, collecting special offering, singing in children's choirs, and coming forward for a Children’s Moment with the minister, witnessing baptism, and participating in special worship services. Most of planned worship participation for children occurs during the 11 a.m. worship service.

Available During Worship:

  • Childcare is available for young children. Older pre-school age and kindergartners are encouraged to go to worship for the first fifteen minutes, come forward a Children’s Moment with the pastor, and then join the other children in childcare if preferred.
  • Worship bags are available in the baskets in the back of the sanctuary to provide activities for all children during worship. Bags should be returned to the baskets at the end of the service.

BAPTISM

“Baptism is the sign and seal of our incorporation into Christ…. Baptism is God’s gift of grace and also God’s summons to respond that grace.”

At First Presbyterian we baptize children and adults. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that, “God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith.” The baptism of adults witnesses to the truth that, “God’s gift of grace calls for fulfillment in a response of faithfulness.”

Baptism is received only once, and First Presbyterian recognizes all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact our Director of Christian Education, Nancy McNeill, at nmcneill@fpcasheville.org.

COMMUNION

“During his earthly ministry, Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry.”

“The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord…. Around the Table of the Lord, God’s people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ.”

“All the baptized faithful are welcome to the Table, and none are excluded.”

Communion is ordinarily served on the first Sunday of each month at regular worship services, and at occasional services during the liturgical year.

The deacons and pastors of First Pres regularly extend communion to those who are unable to attend worship, whether home-bound or hospitalized. If you would like to request home communion, please contact the pastor on call at (828-222-0113) careline@fpcasheville.org.