We welcome you to worship with us! Depending on the time of year, our worship service schedule is as follows:
School year schedule: During the school year, we have two Sunday morning services, with Sunday school between:
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday school
10:45 a.m. Worship
Summer schedule: From approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day (see calendar for exact dates), we join together for one worship service at 9:00 a.m., followed by Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.
Holidays: On the Sundays that follow Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, or are on Memorial Day weekend or Labor Day weekend, we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by one service at 10:45 a.m.
How we define worship:
wor-ship \’wər-shəp \ n; reverence offered a divine being; form of religious practice with creed and ritual; extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
v; to honor or revere; to regard with extravagant respect, honor or devotion.
Our worship is primarily a response to God’s grace and faithfulness, and reminds us of the profound need for Sabbath from our daily routines. We listen for God’s spirit together as we sing, pray, and learn together. We understand that our worship doesn’t end at noon on Sunday, but extends to all we do as we live a life seeking to follow Christ and live in God’s Spirit.
A typical Sunday morning service at FBC Lawrence includes a musical prelude and postlude, lighting of the Christ candle, Call to Worship, Passing of the Peace, Scripture readings, Unison Confession of Sin, Discipline of Silence, Assurance of Pardon, Morning Prayer and Lord’s Prayer, Moment for Mission, Sentences of Stewardship, Giving of our Offerings, Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving, Sermon, and Life of the Church. We believe that music is an important vehicle for giving praise, glory and honor to God, and for sharing the Good News of God’s love for all of God’s creation. Music is an integral part of our worship service through the use of hymns and choral anthems as appropriate. Our chancel choir leads in worship most Sundays. We also welcome leadership from other gifted musicians and ensembles in the congregation. Lay leaders play a vital role in our weekly worship experience. Members serve as liturgists, offer music, read scripture and assist with the serving of communion.
We invite you to participate in one of our services of worship on Sunday.
The Chancel Choir ministers through music in worship almost every Sunday, from mid August through June. Throughout the year there are additional opportunities for service during special seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, for an occasional funeral, and for ecumenical events such as Habitat for Humanity Musicfest and other inter-church events. Rehearsal is held every Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m. in the FBC sanctuary, and on Sunday mornings, the choir meets in the choir room (located between the sanctuary and the hallway to the gym) at 10:30 a.m. to rehearse for performance during the 10:45 a.m. service. Another rehearsal follows the 10:45 service for about 15 minutes to rehearse the following Sunday’s anthem. This is to give those who can’t rehearse on Thursdays the opportunity to participate.
Are you thinking, “Is Chancel choir for me?” Let us answer you with a couple more questions. Do you sing in the shower? Do your pets and significant others not always cover their ears when you “make a joyful noise”? Yes? You TOTALLY belong in chancel choir! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to show up on Thursday nights (and/or Sundays after 10:45 service) for rehearsal, enjoy the company of like-minded and enthusiastic musicians and near-musicians, and then show up again on Sunday mornings, usually for late service and very occasionally for early service to perform that week’s anthem. Director: Mark Robinson. Contact Mark with questions at email@example.com.
Sacred Music Academy
Open to all children in the Lawrence community, this group includes children 3rd through 8th graders and meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (A dinner meal is served at 6:00 p.m. for a small charge.) Tuition is $20 per semester, though plenty of scholarships are available–income verification not required. We usually meet September through May. Contact the church office to for more information and to enroll at 785-843-0020, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.