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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!

9:30 AM — Education Hour for Adults & Youth

11:00 AM — Worship / Children’s Church School
Join us this Sunday in worship as we continue our three-part sermon series on the parable of The Prodigal Son and the journeys of the younger son, the elder son, and this week, the father. Communion will be prepared and served by our Deacons and we will be collecting a special fellowship offering for One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical group actively at work aiding those suffering in the midst of the current refugee crisis.

Sermon: The Prodigal Son: What’s A Parent to Do?
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
Rev. Julie Flowers, preaching

Noon — All-Church Meeting
The Church Family is encouraged to stay for an All-Church meeting directly after worship on Sunday, October 4th. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on a significant change in the structure of our affordable-housing satellite ministry, Harborlight Community Partners, a change which will alter the relationship between the Church and HCP. This results from the opportunity to merge with the housing arm of another North Shore non-profit. The goal of this merger is to ensure that HCP will be able to grow and create even more opportunities for affordable housing of all types (family, elder and singles) in order to address the increasingly dire shortage of housing in our area. Child care will be provided.

1:00 PM — Church Council Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Church Council directly after the All-Church meeting on Sunday. On the agenda are the formation of an ad hoc committee to bring to fruition improvements to the sound, lighting and AV capabilities of the sanctuary, a stated goal in the 2012 Growing Edges plan for the church; financial projections for the next half decade; and a discussion of items to be funded from the endowment. As always, anyone in the church family who wishes to attend a Church Council meeting is welcome to come and listen and share ideas; only council members have a vote, though. There will be a light lunch served at the council meeting.

3:00 PM — Middle School Fellowship

6:00 PM — Senior High Fellowship

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.

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

Winter Sermon Redux
Rev. Beth Loughhead
Septemmber 6, 2015

An Altar in the World: The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings
Rev. Kent Harrop & Rev. Julie Flowers
August 30, 2015

An Altar in the World: Being Present to God
Bryan Vosseler
August 23, 2015

An Altar in the World: The Practice of Felling Pain
Rev. Julie Flowers
August 16, 2015

Guest Sermon
Rev. Craig Collemer
August 9, 2015

An Altar in the World: The Practice of Saying No
Rev. Kent Harrop
August 2, 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.