Sunday Services and Sermons
Worship at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd is much like a folk dance: it has certain steps and turns but is meant to keep one's spirit moving before God!
Presbyterian services of worship are centered around the hearing and proclamation of God's Word. Everything else is either in preparation or in response to that Word.
Gathering Around the Word
The Christ Candle - Brought in during the Prelude, symbolizing that Christ, the Light of the World, has followed us from our lives into worship and stays with us.
Introit - Music by which we move, in meditation and prayer, from our hectic every-day lives into the life in God's presence.
Call to Worship - a responsive reading from Scripture where the voice of the people slowly become one before the Lord.
Hymn of Adoration - with voices now unified, we give God the praise due His Name.
Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Pardon - In God's presence, we become aware of the barriers between us and God and between each other. We take responsibility for the breakdown of relationship, first silently as individuals then corporately as a group, in the good hope that Jesus longs to heal and restore penitent hearts to full life. We remember the hope of our salvation in the assurance from Scripture of God's love.
Proclamation of the Word
Time for Children - Jesus says the kingdom belongs to one who are like children. Young people come forward to received the news of God's love for them.
Second Hymn - Prayerful song in preparation for hearing God's Word.
Scripture and Sermon - The reading, hearing and exposition on God's Holy Word for instruction and encouragement for the life of faith. Here the Holy Spirit works through the words from the Bible, the illumination from the sermon and in the hearts of listeners to bring renewed faith and a call to service.
Baptism/Communion - Visible enactments of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, where we experience first-hand the grace of God.
Responding to the Word
Prayer of the People - Responding to God's Word, the prayer is a time to give thanks for God's goodness and to lift individuals, groups, nations and the world to God's care and direction. This concludes with the Lord's Prayer.
Offering - Another faithful response to God's Word is dedicating our time and money to the service of the Church.
Hymn of Sending - A song that joins our voices together, symbolizing our mission that join us together as one: to love and serve Christ in the world and to make Him known.
Benediction/Christ Candle - Literally means, "A good word". The charge given to God's people to love and serve God and the world. The Christ Candle exits the sanctuary, leading God's people out into the mission field.
The Postlude - Music that sends us out to serve.