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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 at First Baptist Church in Beverly this Sunday for
Rally Day!

8:15 am — Middle School Youth & Advisors Report to the Church Kitchen

9:15 am — Rally Day Breakfast & Celebration
All are invited to gather with us in Wilbur Hall this Sunday morning to join us in kicking off our new program year at First Baptist Church in Beverly! We’ll get our morning started with a delicious family-style breakfast being by our Youth Fellowship Groups. After enjoying our meal together we’ll spend time celebrating Rally Day with games and activities for all ages and skill levels and registering for Church School Classes. Don’t miss this great Sunday morning together as we unveil our 2016-2017 program year theme and present our 2016 Rally Day gifts!

No later than 10:00 am — Senior High Youth Report to the Church Kitchen

11:00 am — Worship
Sermon: Faith to Move a Mountain
Scripture: Matthew 17: 14-21
Rev. Kent Harrop, preaching
“For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” ~Matthew 17:20b

Mountains are not particularly easy to move. They tend to be fairly anchored in place. Throughout this coming program year, in worship, classes, and discussions, the First Baptist Church in Beverly will be contemplating and acting on making mountains move with determined and steadfast seeds of faith. The times we live in are troubled. Daily we are confronted with international and national news that is just amazingly difficult, from refugees in desperate search of a safe place to call home to children at school, people at a cultural event, or someone walking down the street losing their lives in gun violence. There are griefs and challenges in our own lives. But the Christian faith insists that there is hope and that if we stand firm in our convictions, we can affect positive change. We can move mountains. Come and give it a try!

4:00 pm — Middle School Fellowship

6:00 pm — Senior High Fellowship

Coming Up at FBC Beverly: Special Sundays in September
September 25th: Sunday Morning Schedule Begins & Children/Youth Choir Begins
Our Sunday morning classes will meet and begin at 9:30 this week and we’ll get our program year up and running! Our Sanctuary Choir will meet in the Music Room to rehearse before worship each week at 10:30. All are welcome to join in our classes or worship opportunities at any point throughout the year, but why miss out on a morning of thought-provoking literature and intriguing discussion? Not to mention FBC’s three favorites: food, fun, and fellowship! Choose your Sunday morning study and we’ll see you in class!

Following worship on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month children and youth are invited (and encouraged!) to gather downstairs in the music room to spend twenty minutes learning and practicing new and familiar songs to sing in worship as we think about ways to incorporate our younger voices back into worship this year. Nut-free snacks will be provided!

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.

The Art Lesson
Rev. Beth Loughhead
August 21, 2016

Pezzettino
Rev. Kent Harrop
August 7, 2016

AMOS Health & Hope Ministry
Dr. Laura Parajon
July 24, 2016

The Velveteen Rabbit
Rev. Kent Harrop
July 17, 2016

Oh! No, George!
Rev. Julie Flowers
July 10, 2016

The Runaway Bunny
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 26, 2016

Stuck
Rev. Julie Flowers
June 19, 2016

#journeyon
Revs. Beth Loughhead, Julie Flowers, Kent Harrop
June 12, 2016

An Incredible View
Rev. Beth Loughhead
June 5, 2016

Remembering Who We Are
Rev. Kent Harrop
May 29, 2016

Music Sunday
Music Director Esther Redington
May 15, 2016

Children & Youth Sunday: Building a Better World
May 8, 2016

Holistic Prayer
Rev. Kent Harrop
May 1, 2016

Click for More Sermons in both Video and Text formats.

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.