Worship Services

Join us at 11 am on Sundays

Worship Schedule

Worship is at the heart of all we do at First Church.

During COVID-19 Pandemic

11 AM Worship

We are live every Sunday at 11 a.m. with a video worship service in the Sanctuary accessible through our Zoom worship time, our YouTube Channel and on our Facebook page. 

The video worship includes a traditional worship service from our Sanctuary and lasts about 50 minutes. An abbreviated service of scripture and sermon audio podcast is also available on our website and iTunes podcastOur Interactive Worship on Zoom includes opportunities to connect with one another, share prayer concerns, and view our video worship service together. Check your weekly email for Zoom links.

Sunday Worship

Before the pandemic and hopefully reinstated soon, our traditional worship services are summarized below.

9 AM Worship

This intimate, 50-minute service blends a traditional order of worship with an informal approach.

Rev. Taylor Fuerst is the principal preacher and worship is centered on Scripture, drawing together contemporary issues and the best of United Methodist tradition.

Both traditional hymns and newer songs are sung by a variety of vocal ensembles, accompanied by piano and violin. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated each week.

11 AM Worship

This larger, traditional service lasts about 60 minutes.

Music is led by our talented FUMC choir and organist featuring traditional church hymns and a variety of musical offerings.

Rev. Taylor Fuerst is the principal preacher for this service and leads a time for young disciples, when children can join her at the altar to learn about our Christian faith.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.

Murchison Chapel

During the week, Murchison Chapel is open for personal prayer and contemplation during office hours, Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Every Thursday in Garrison Chapel

Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Family Life Center
Each Thursday at 6:30 a.m., following the Feed My People Breakfast for the Homeless, the Rev. Cathy Stone leads an informal worship service in Garrison Chapel of the Family Life Center. This worship experience is specifically designed to be relevant to our neighbors on the street and to those involved in issues of urban poverty and homelessness.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion has its origin in the Passover Meal which celebrates the ancient Hebrews’ escape and deliverance by God’s hand from bondage to freedom. It is a meal to which Jesus gave new meaning as he shared it with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion. From the earliest of times, believers have experienced Christ as present among them in this holy celebration. Methodists believe Christ is present in this meal as Spirit, not actual flesh and blood.

Everyone who claims Christ as Lord is welcome at the table, for it is not a Methodist table, but the Table of the Lord. Children are most welcome! While they may not understand the deep theological meanings, they can share and feel the blessing of being a part of God’s family who love one another and who are deeply loved by Jesus Christ.