First Congregational Church of Boylston
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Worship

Our worship is considered liturgical by our evangelical friends, and spirit-filled and relaxed by our more traditional friends.  We use traditional as well as innovative prayers, and readings from the book of Psalms. Some of our order of worship is liturgical and traditional; some of it is more innovative and spontaneous. We find that this balance makes for a meaningful experience of praising God and hearing from His Word when we gather, with comfort and ease of participation for people who come from a variety of Christian faith traditions.
 
Pastor Dave preaches on the basis of Holy Scripture. He seeks to present lessons that inspire, comfort, challenge, and relate God's Word to our daily lives and decisions. The sermons often elaborate on biblical principles of peacemaking relationships, as befit our endeavors to build a peacemaking culture in FCC Boylston. (To hear or download the most recent sermons, roll your cursor over "Worship" on the menu above, and then select "Sermons" to the right of the drop-down.)
 
Our singing (supported by our Choir, soloists, and small groups) leans toward the more traditional hymns. We have a relatively recent hymnal, Celebration Hymnal, which gives us a wide range of familiar and new ways to sing God's praise and make a joyful noise together.
 
Children are a welcome part of our worship life. A Children's Message is typically included in our worship service, before the younger children are invited to depart for Mustard Seed, a time of a faith-based craft or other activity. We typically celebrate a Family Worship Service once a month from September through June. Rather than being merely for traditional families, this is a worship service designed to include all ages, with music, prayers, and a message that can be shared across the generations. Pastor Dave does not always dress up as a giant Teddy Bear, but it is suspected that it has occurred at least once.
 
Our service of the Lord's Supper, also known as Holy Communion, is celebrated as part of Sunday morning worship on the first Sunday of each month. All confessing Christians are invited to share with us at Christ's table. In traditional Church terms, we have an "open communion."
 
Worship is at 10:30 am during the school year, and at 9:30 am from Father's Day through Labor Day weekend.