Coming together in worship is important to believers for many reasons. If you're not sure what the purpose of worship is for you, this article might help you find a reason to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Click here to learn more about worship at FCC or to catch up on sermons or music you missed or want to experience again.
Getting Started on the Worship Habit
- Once you've found your reason to worship, write it down so you can remind yourself when it's hard to get out of bed. If necessary, put a post it note on your bathroom mirror Saturday night. And don't forget to set your alarm.
- If you can't be at worship, you can still follow along with the weekly Bible readings posted in the newsletter and worship by yourself or with your family, wherever you are. Sometimes the beauty of creation is all the church we need.
- Remember that worship isn't solely about you. It's something we do as a community. We can worship God anywhere, anytime. But our community of faith needs us, and we need it, if only to remind us that we aren't alone on our journey.
- Family life can be enriched by worshiping together. See suggestions for worshiping with young children at the bottom of this page.
- When there's a part of the worship service you don't like--and there is always something we don't like--remind yourself that the thing you hate is just the thing someone else needs and loves. Again, it's not all about you or me. It's about the whole Body of Christ.
Ways to Go Deeper
- Bring a journal and take notes. What stands out to you in today's worship? Is there a prayer or a hymn you want to remember? If you're still learning people's names, you can jot those down, too, so next week you can greet your neighbors by name.
- Take the scripture home with you. We print the day's Bible passage in the bulletin, so you can take it home to read and ponder more deeply during the week.
- Sing. It doesn't matter if you aren't blessed with the voice of an angel; singing is good for you--mind, body and spirit. The hymns we sing come from a rich musical tradition and their lyrics convey our religious heritage.
Going All In
- Notice all the lay people helping to lead the service. If any of these roles appeal to you, talk to the pastor, a staff member, or a lay leader about participating in that ministry at FCC:
- Greeters who welcome you at the door with a smile and a bulletin
- Choir members
- Elders who read scripture, offer prayer, and share the words of invitation and institution at the table during communion
- Deacons who collect the offering and serve communion
- Pastors or lay members who share their faith through sermons or stories
- Take it on the road. Attend worship in another denomination, perhaps with a friend who worships there regularly. What is the same, and what is different? Have a friend of another faith? Join them for a religious service. Again, what is the same, and what is different?
8 Faith-Building Things to Do with Your Child (or Grandchild) During Worship*
- Sit where your child can see and hear easily. The front of the sanctuary is actually a great place for families with wiggly children, especially when the PrayGround is open through the summer months.
- If there is no Children Worship & Wonder (CWW), quiet time bags will be distributed after "Time with the Children." If CWW is scheduled, but your child chooses to stay upstairs during worship, feel free to get a quiet time bag from either entrance to the sanctuary.
- Before or after service, point out and even visit any interesting decorations in the sanctuary. Savor the colors and identify the symbols.
- If your child can identify numbers, have them find the hymns and bookmark them.
- Help your child pass the peace to everyone around you.
- Stand short children on the pew when the congregation stands. Enjoy the music, sing along to the hymns, and point out the vocalists and musicians.
- Remember, you are creating memories. Some of them will be warm and wonderful. Others will lead to family eye-rolling stories told for years to come. All of them shape lives.