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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 This Sunday at First Baptist Church in Beverly!

Summer Schedule is in Effect

Our summer schedule for worship is 9:30 AM. We invite all to continue to gather with us in our air-conditioned Sanctuary each week throughout the summer until Rally Day.

8:00 AM — Communion in the Woods
Join us in the woods at Beverly Commons Conservation Area (Greenwood Avenue in Beverly Farms) for an alternative worship opportunity this Sunday morning. Kent Harrop will lead us in a mindful walk (walking in silence) as we listen for the ways in which the Creator is speaking to us through creation. This silent morning walk will culminate in the ritual of communion.

9:30 AM — Worship at FBC Beverly
Join us in our air-conditioned Sanctuary as we continue our Summer Worship Series: An Altar in the World, based on the book by Barbara Brown Taylor. Kent Harrop will deliver our message, “The Practice of Saying No”, based on Chapter 8 of An Altar in the World and communion will be prepared and served by our Deacons this week in worship. Our Music Director, Esther Redington, has planned special music for this Sunday’s service.

10:00 AM — Beverly Homecoming Worship
This annual Homecoming service, hosted by Second Congregational Church, will be held at Lynch Park in Beverly.


Join Us in Worship Each Sunday in August!
Sunday, August 9th: Guest Sermon by Rev. Craig Collemer.
Craig retired from the FBC Ministerial Team several years ago. Let’s give a warm welcome back! Rev. Julie Flowers will be back from vacation and leading in worship.

Sunday, August 16th: Rev. Julie Flowers will be preaching on “The Practice of Felling Pain”, inspired by Chapter 10 in An Altar in the World.

Sunday, August 23rd: We will continue our exploration of An Altar in the World as Rev. Julie Flowers shares a message about “Being Present to God”, which our book discussion groups will meet to discuss as they cover Chapter 11.

Sunday, August 30th: Join us in worship for a Dialogue Sermon by Kent Harrop and Julie Flowers as we conclude our summer worship series with learning “The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings”, inspired by Chapter 12 in An Altar in the World.

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.

An Altar in the World: Getting Lost
Rev. Kent Harrop
July 12, 2015

An Altar in the World: Walking on the Earth
Rev. Julie Flowers
July 5, 2015

An Altar in the World: The Practice of Wearing Skin
Rev. Julie Flowers
June 28, 2015

An Altar in the World: Paying Attention
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 21, 2015

An Altar in the World: Waking Up to God
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 14, 2015

Wisdom from the First Century Church
Rev. Kent Harrop &
Rev. Julie Flowers
June 7, 2015

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.