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  Theme2014

Worship

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, and Each Sunday in December, at First Baptist Church in Beverly for the 2014 Advent Season!

Christmas Sunday at FBC:
Join us Sunday, December 21st for an entire day of FBC Advent festivities, including a quiet time of healing and prayer. Continue reading for all the details of our day!

Schedule


9:30 AM — Advent Festival & Jesus’ Birthday Party
The entire church family is invited to celebrate the warmth and joy of the season in Wilbur Hall this Sunday morning! We’ll kick off our day with a potluck continental breakfast together followed by games, Christmas crafts, and activities for children and adults of all ages. We’ll be certain to fill the gym with the echoes of all our favorite Christmas Carols before singing “Happy Birthday” to the baby Jesus and enjoying birthday cake together!

11:00 AM — Worship
Anticipating the Light: Fire Light
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Read by Bella Karaganis
Rev. Beth Loughhead, preaching
A special Christmas Sunday offering will be taking during worship this week, our Theology on Tap group will be lighting our Advent Wreath and our Middle School/Senior High Class will help with the creation of our Nativity sce-ne by adding the Shepherds, sheep and the Three Wise Men on their journey (but not there just yet!), and our children will sing “Go Tell It On the Mountain”


NOON — Inquiry Class Interest Meeting

2:30—5:00 PM — Lay Visitation Christmas Caroling

4:00 PM — Middle School Christmas Party

6:00 PM — Senior High Christmas Party

7:00 PM — Longest Night Service
We welcome all to return to the church at 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 21st, the eve of the Winter Solstice and the year’s longest night, as we share in a quiet time of healing and reflection at Longest Night Service. All are invited and encouraged to take part in this calming and welcoming service to invite the light of God into our hearts and minds on the darkest evening of the year. This service provides us an opportunity to pause and to take a breath in the midst of a busy season. We welcome all to gather with us for this beautiful, candlelit service and offer our prayers, not only for ourselves, but for our community and our world. Please come and join us in lighting our candles and welcoming the light of the holidays and the coming of Christ into our hearts this Advent Season.


Christmas Eve Services
Thursday, December 24th, 2014
All are invited to gather with us in worship this Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus through the sharing of the Christmas story and many joyful sounds of Christmas tidings being sung and rung out in our Sanctuary. Our Christmas Eve services will feature our vocal and handbell choirs and will close in candlelight.

5:00 PM — Early Service
We invite all to join us for this special Christmas worship service planned with the enthusiasm of children in mind coordinated by Rev. Julie Flowers.

11:00 PM — Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
Join us in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ through music, scripture, and candlelight at our traditional eleven o’clock service coordinated by Rev. Beth Lough-head, as we prepare to welcome Christmas Day!

Words to Know

A glossary of words used at FBC during worship.



Recent Sermons

Angel Light
Rev. Julie Flowers
December 14, 2014

Acting Out
Rev. Kent Harrop
September 14, 2014

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Rev. Beth Loughhead
June 22, 2014

Road to Emmaus
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 1, 2014

A Luminous Revelation
Rev. Will Seals
February 23, 2014

There's No Place Like Home
Rev. Will Seals
February 16, 2014

Same Love
Rev. Julie Flowers
February 2, 2014

Parable of the Whistleblower
Rev. Will Seals
January 19, 2014

Responding to God's Call
Rev. Will Seals
January 12, 2014

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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.