Timely and Timeless
We desire a worship service that is both timely – that is relevant to the 21st Century – while still being timeless – that is not bound to the latest trend. We try to use a variety of styles that reflect our historic faith as well as reflecting the ways we believe God is still revealed to us. We are timeless in that we observe parts of the Christian year like Advent and Lent; we are also timely that we want our worship to speak to the hurts and praises of the world today.
To put a term on it, we’d say our worship is eclectic. We do use the guitar and piano just about every week and look forward to a renovated sanctuary when we have the organ as well. With those instruments, you might hear the flute accompany an old favorite one Sunday, an African American spiritual the next week, and an energetic recent piece the week after that. One Sunday might include hand bells and the next a creative arts piece. For us, proclaiming Christ and the theme for that Sunday is far more important than “style” considerations.
Moreover, we want worship to be participatory. We don’t want folks just coming and sitting in the pews to “watch the show.” We believe that authentic worship calls for our response and our action in the world. We promise we won’t embarrass you or call on you in the service, but we do want you to bring the gifts God gave you to worship.
We believe worship is for everyone – not just adults. Our pastor strives to peach messages that all ages can appropriate, and we have men and women and boys and girls from children to senior adults in leadership of our worship.
What do I have to wear to come to FBC?
Clothes would be nice. On a more serious note, our church has adults that wear suits and dresses, and we have folks that wear shorts and golf shirts. Most of our adults wear business casual. Your attitude is more important than your attire to us, and, we believe, to God.
(Thanks for our friends at the Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, AR, from whom we borrowed in the conversation about worship.)