WORSHIP AT 1ST

As a community of faith, the people of 1st United Methodist Church have been worshipping for more than 150 years. 

Whether you are joining us online or in-person we hope our time together is meaningful and that you feel welcome as we come together for worship.



A FOCUS ON LIVING FAITH

SEPTEMBER 2021


Scroll down for a look at what's coming up in worship, both in-person and online. 

You can also watch past worship services further down on this page. 



  • A note from Rev. Jonathan Jonas, Senior Pastor
    August 6, 2021

    Dear Friends,

    We’re all aware that the Delta Variant of COVID-19 has made its way to our community, and both case counts and positivity rates are on the rise. 1st Church’s own Dr. Cheryl Coleman describes this variant as “much more transmissible” than last year’s strains, so it’s important to acknowledge and address the threat.



    As we continue to gather for worship, learning, and fellowship, may we please strive more diligently than ever to demonstrate love, care, and compassion toward our neighbors in these specific ways?


    • If you’re able and haven’t yet, will you please consider vaccination? Dr. Coleman says, “Vaccination provides protection from infection by the virus (including the Delta variant), especially serious infection that progresses to hospitalization and death.”


    • If you are not yet vaccinated, will you please wear a mask that completely covers your mouth and nose? Since children under age 12 have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated, I include school-age children in this request. Without vaccination, Dr. Coleman says masks and other barrier mitigation methods are crucial safeguards.


    • If you are vaccinated, I encourage you to wear a maskespecially if you have been or may have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, but even if you haven’t.


    I have no medical training, and I claim no special insight, but faced with a dangerous threat—especially to our children—I’d simply rather err on the side of compassion and protection.


    Two thousand years ago, Paul wrote to the Romans, “love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor” (12:10). I will wear a mask on Sunday morning, not out of fear or under compulsion, but simply as a show of care, compassion, affection, honor, and solidarity toward those who don’t yet have the protection of vaccine—especially our children. I welcome you to join me.


    The good news is that our facilities are spacious, well-ventilated, and versatile. Those public safety features are luxuries, and I thank God for them. I’m equally grateful that we have the capacity to provide livestreams of all four weekly worship services, especially as the COVID threat intensifies again. Those livestreams are available via our websiteFacebook page, and YouTube channel.


    I’ve been a dad long enough to know that any decision or suggestion about group dynamics affects people differently—some rejoice, some grieve, some are content, and some are frustrated. I acknowledge my flaws and assure you that I offer this in humility and love, and only after much deliberation, discernment, and prayer.


    On Sunday morning and in the days to come, thank you for all the ways you will demonstrate kindness, consideration, and grace to each other. Let us believe and trust of each other that we are all earnestly striving to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.


    Peace to you,

    Jonathan Jonas

UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS


Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...

  • 8:15 am Traditional

    Sanctuary, Upper Level

    When you come to this informal worship service expected to be greeted when you arrive and be sure to greet the people around you.  Get your day started with the sounds of the Morning Glory Chorus and an inspirational message .   


  • 10:30 am Traditional

    Sanctuary, Upper Level

    During each worship service you'll hear the joyful sounds of treasured hymns, the voices of a large choir,  the majesty of a pipe organ and a message designed to inspire you.  At times you will also hear the alluring melodies of handbells, guest musicians and the sounds of children's choirs. The Sanctuary built in the late 1960's was renovated in 2015 to enhance your worship experience. 

  • 10:30 am Contemporary

    Asbury Hall, Lower Level

    The atmosphere in this service is responsive and engaging and a fit for every age. In this modern worship service, you will see a wide demographic represented. Come as you are and be prepared to encounter the Living God in a beautiful, life-changing way.


  • Kid's Own Worship

    1ST KIDS AREA LoWER LEVEL

    When children worship God, amazing things happen! At 1st UMC children are an important part of the church family and are welcome in EVERY worship service. For those who choose, we offer a worship service just for children 3-years-old through 2nd grade.  


    Kid's Own Worship is offered during during both 10:30 a.m. worship services (except on Communion Sundays which are generally the first Sunday of each month.) At approximately 10:45 the children are given the opportunity to go with adult leaders to the children's hall where they participate in worship time specifically tailored to their age.  

WORSHIP STREAMING

If you are unable to join us in-person, you can still join us online for each worship service.  


On Sunday mornings we stream the 8:15 and 10:30 am Traditional Worship services and the 10:30 am Contemporary Worship services

to Facebook, YouTube and our website


On Wednesday night we stream Celebrate Recovery Worship LIVE at 6:30 pm. 

We encourage you, when you can, to check-in with us during the streams to let us know where you are watching from. 


WATCH ON FACEBOOK


WATCH ON YOUTUBE


WATCH ON THE WEBSITE


From March 2020 through Mid-April 2021 we provided a pre-produced online worship service.  

Scroll down to watch those services and others.

Section Title

Type the content for this section here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this section. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section. Once you click into this section, you will see the filler text disappear, and you can begin typing your real content. We’ve simply put in filler text in this area. No need to get caught up in the actual content of this body text, we've typed meaningless sentences.

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES AND VIDEO EXTRAS

Please check out our selection of Online Worship Services, Streamed Services and more below.  


Starting with the April 18, 2021 services, only the 10:30 Traditional Worship service

will be posted here on the Worship Page.  

To watch other worship services click on the appropriate button below



YouTube Online Worship Playlist


YouTube Sermon Only Playlist


Facebook Watch


Live Control Player via the Website


Older Worship Services & Older Sermon Audio


LOADING PLAYER…