Welcome! Come and 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.
What to wear: Wear what you like! You’ll find people dressed in jeans, in “casual Friday” attire, and also those who prefer to come “Sunday best” style.
First things first—Coffee! Look for the “Holy Grounds” banner above a pass-through window in the narthex (the room at the front double door entry). We serve PT’s and Folgers/Maxwell House—it’s your choice as to which is the “good stuff.”
Worship: We come into the sanctuary on Sunday mornings with mindfulness that in doing so, we’re entering the holy presence of the majestic God, the focus and recipient of our worship. With exceptions during summer and holidays, most of the year we have two traditional worship services, one at 8:30 a.m. and one at 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school/life groups, coffee, and fellowship time in between. The early service is less formal but still includes key elements of the worship experience.
A typical Sunday morning worship service at FBC Lawrence includes a musical prelude and postlude, lighting of the Christ candle, Call to Worship, Passing of the Peace (a brief time when the congregation greets one another), scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, Unison Confession of Sin, Discipline of Silence, Assurance of Pardon, Morning Prayer and Lord’s Prayer, Moment for Mission, Sentences of Stewardship (an invitation to stewardship giving), Giving of our Offerings, Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving, a sermon, and Life of the Church (announcements of coming church events). Lay leaders play a vital role in our weekly worship experience. People from the congregation, adults and youth alike, serve as liturgists, offer music, read scripture, and serve communion.
We value music, and it’s an integral part of our worship services that’s expressed through the use of hymns, choral anthems, bell choir pieces, solos, and ensembles. We think it’s vital for giving praise, glory, and honor to God, and for sharing the Good News of God’s love for all of God’s creation. Our chancel choir leads in worship most Sundays, and we also welcome leadership from other musicians and ensembles from the congregation.
We hope you’ll join us for a worship service 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.
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 at 7:15 p.m. 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.