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Gathering together for times of worship offers us the opportunity to center ourselves in the midst of a busy world, to renew our strength, to respond to God’s loving and leading call to love the challenges before us. In worship, we find strength in one another, in our faith, in the scripture, and in our God. Our worship life is central to our experience as a community of faith and is a time in which all, visitors and old friends alike, are warmly welcomed. Come, just as you are, and be a part of the worship experience at First Baptist Church in Beverly.

Join Us This Sunday at First Baptist Church in Beverly as we enter
Advent Worship 2015

Advent Season theme:
Life Interrupted: The Gifts in Unexpected Journeys

9:30 AM — Education Hour for Adults & Youth

11:00 AM — Worship / Children’s Class
Gather your friends and family and invite them to join you in church this Sunday as we begin thinking about the Christmas Season and enter into Advent. Beth Lough-head will begin preaching our Advent Sermon Series: Life Interrupted: The Gifts in Unexpected Journeys. Every person in that first Christmas story was going about the business of their lives when God intervened and their lives were interrupted and blessed!
Sermon: Isolation Lost: The Gift of Courage
The Visit of Mary with Elizabeth
Rev. Beth Loughhead, preaching

11:45 AM — Middle School Fellowship Parade Prep

NOON — Soups, Subs & Holiday Parade/Prayer Shawl
Come for church and invite friends to join you for lunch! Soups, submarine sandwiches and more will be available for purchase in Wilbur Hall following worship this week. Enjoy lunch, then step outside to enjoy the parade or join the Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting in the Chapel.

6:00 PM — Senior High Fellowship

Upcoming Advent Opportunities
The Second Sunday of Advent December 6th
Sermon: Faith Awakened: The Gift of Trust
Joseph’s Journey
Rev. Kent Harrop, preaching

The Third Sunday of Advent December 13th
Music Sunday featuring many musical selections offered by the many vocal and handbell choirs of the church under the direction of Esther Redington.
Silence Broken: The Gift of Wonder
The Expedition of the Shepherds
Brief Meditation from Rev. Beth Loughhead

The Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20th - Christmas Sunday
Sermon: Chaos Interrupted: The Gift of Light
The Innkeeper Wife’s Steps
Rev. Julie Flowers, preaching

Christmas Caroling to the Community December 20th 2: 30 - 5 p.m.
Your Visitation Team invites you to share the love and hope of the season as we sing to members and friends of FBC who because of health or circumstances have limited mobility. We will be singing favorite Christmas Carols at Legewood, Turtle Creek, Essex Park and other locations that FBC folk call home. This is a fun event for all ages. All you need is a smile and a love of singing.

Longest Night Service Monday, December 21st
Join us at 7:00 PM on the year’s longest night for a service of candlelight and prayers sharing the journey of grief and hope for ourselves, our community, our church, and the world.

Christmas Eve Thursday, December 24th
5:00 PM — Candlelight Service
(with the exuberance of children in mind)
11:00 PM — Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
A Service of Story & Song Sunday, December 27th
On this Sunday after Christmas, the service will include the singing of many Christmas carols and the sharing of favorite Christmas stories inspired by the Christmas season.

Epiphany Sunday, January 3rd
Sermon: The Adventure of the Wisemen
Rev. Beth Loughhead, preaching

Words to Know

A glossary of words used at FBC during worship.

Recent Sermons

Video Sermons
To view the videos of sermons, click on the title.

Wordless Worship
Rev. Kent Harrop
November 15, 2015

The Sound of Silence
Rev. Beth Loughhead
November 8, 2015

What Do You Treasure the Most?
Rev. Kent Harrop
November 1, 2015

Rev. Beth Loughhead
October 25, 2015

Lisa LaPlante and Ron Brennan
October 18, 2015

The Prodigal Son: The Journey of the Elder Son
Rev. Kent Harrop
October 11, 2015

The Prodigal Son: What’s A Parent to Do?
Rev. Julie Flowers
October 4, 2015

The Prodigal Son: The Journey of the Younger Son
Rev. Beth Loughhead
September 27, 2015

Rally Day: #JourneyOn
Rev. Julie Flowers
September 20, 2015

To Welcome a Refugee
Rev. Kent Harrop
September 13, 2015

Winter Sermon Redux
Rev. Beth Loughhead
Septemmber 6, 2015

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Communion through the Lord's Supper

In the spirit of openness, we invite any who have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ to join in the sharing of this meal. On the first Sunday of each month during worship, the FBC congregation remembers this "last supper" with a service of communion.

On the night before Jesus was crucified, he met with his disciples and they shared a meal together. At that last meal, Jesus took bread and wine, common food at a meal in his day, and blessed it in a special way. Jesus used that food and drink to teach his disciples that his life, death, and resurrection would continue to sustain them in the days, months, and years to come. He taught them to remember Him whenever they ate a meal together. Indeed, Christians all over the world in a variety of ways and in many denominations still gather to celebrate this important meal and to be sustained by Christ who is the bread of life. Historically, Baptists have viewed this meal as a memorial - an opportunity to remember what Jesus did for each of us. At FBC, when we break bread together, in addition to remembering Jesus, we hope you will also experience the presence of the risen Christ, for Christ is surely present - present among all who participate - present in the breaking, sharing, eating and drinking. Christ is personally and actively present: cleansing, energizing, challenging, healing and uniting. Anyone who is a member of FBC may be invited to be a communion server.

Typically our Ministers and Deacons serve the congregation the Lord's Supper. There are a variety of methods for sharing communion. It is common Baptist practice to serve each other. This is best accomplished by the ushers passing the tray to the person next to you and allowing them to hold it for you. Parents, we leave it to your discretion whether or not to serve your unbaptized children. After you have been served, hold the bread or cup so that we may all partake together, as directed by the minister.