Sunday Worship

Each Sunday morning, First Congregational meets together for worship in a beautiful setting that was built in 1903 as our community was still settling. This historic and beautifully maintained space serves the spiritual needs of a very diverse community that gathers for worship, recognition of matriarchs and patriarchs, baptisms, weddings, and celebrations of those going before us. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.

Great hymns of our faith and contemporary lyrics are often heard, accompanied on either the organ or piano, sometimes through special music by members and guests. We sing traditional hymns, spirituals, contemporary choruses, even rousing gospel songs. We are often exploring both traditional and contemporary music in our gatherings and services.

Liturgically, our faith community follows the lectionary, beginning each cycle with the First Sunday of Advent in late November-early December and following the year learning through scriptures. Liturgical colors, music, and readings vary with each season of the church year.

Each worship service includes praise, prayer, proclamation of the word through Biblical readings and preaching, and a time for personal contemplation. While the teachings of our church are thousands of years old, our interpretation and implementation of our beliefs is as new as the morning light that streams through the stained glass windows each Sunday. Services occasionally include a talk-back model of conversation between the pastor and those gathered, a way of engaging scripture "in the moment."  We occasionally gather with our neighbors at Dayton United Methodist Church just a block away, sharing a vision of being one in Christ.

First Congregational Church-UCC is a place of warmth and acceptance, a place of prayer and praise. We are a place of refuge and respite from the rigors of our busy lives. Come, join us!  You are welcome here!

Hear a recent sermon here.