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A change in our Sunday morning worship schedule

Beginning December 2 as we enter the season of Advent, we will make a change to our Sunday morning schedule at First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA. Below is a letter to the congregation explaining the details.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2018 in First Central Bible Church, Worship

 

Sanctuary Rededication Service – photos

Carol was able to take some photos during our Sanctuary Rededication worship service this morning.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2018 in First Central Bible Church, Photos, Worship

 

Sanctuary Rededication Service

On Sunday, September 9, we are holding a special worship service to rededicate our renovated facility. We are holding one service, combining both of our worship teams, involving each one of our elders, and keeping our children in the service rather than having them go to Junior Church. It will be a special time of worship that will end with a call to rededicate our lives to Christ and the ministry of First Central Bible Church.

Here’s the order of service:

Welcome & prayer – Pastor Mark Wheeler

2 songs – led by Wayne Erik Jarvis

  • Days of Elijah
  • He Reigns

Scripture reading – Matthew 28:16-20 (Great Commission) – Joe Martin, Elder

2 songs – led by Dave Krok

  • Build Your Kingdom Here
  • Rescuer

Review of the renovation process – Doug McVeigh, Elder

2 songs – led by Dave Krok

  • Worthy, Worthy
  • Doxology

Scripture reading – Matthew 22:34-40 (Great Commandment) – Doug Dolbow, Elder

Offering

2 songs – led by Wayne Erik Jarvis

  • Agnus Dei
  • The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me

Prayer – Stan Kulig, Elder

Sermon – Matthew 16:13-20 (Becoming an I2(squared) Church: A Church of Irresistible Influence) – Pastor Mark Wheeler

Closing song

  • In Christ Alone

Lunch – in the gym

 
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Worship is a Choice

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Quotes, Tim Challies, Worship

 

Worship Matters

Book Review: The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life, by Louie Giglio

Far too many people view worship as simply the music portion of a church service. People often limit worship to one hour a week on Sunday. In contrast, pastor and author Louie Giglio believes that every breath we take should be an act of worship. That is the thesis of his latest book, The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life.

The author begins by explaining that we were created for worship. Worship is what makes us human. We tend to worship what we value the most. For some, that is work, sports, shopping, family, or possessions. While some squander their worship, those who find the wonder-filled life of a relationship with God discover life at its best. When worship becomes as natural as the air we breathe and when our words and actions resonate with God and his purpose, that is we discover the true purpose of life.

While the book does not present anything new about worship, what sets it apart is the passion of the author. It is very evident that the book is written by someone who not only understands true worship, but one who experiences it on a regular basis. The book was originally published in 2003 and is now reprinted in a mass market paperback edition.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Books, Worship

 

The transforming power of congregational singing

Book Review: Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, by Keith and Kristyn Getty

The Gettys are all about singing. Keith and Kristyn Getty are well known for writing new hymns for the church. They have now turned their attention to talking about singing. “Not about up-front singing, but whole-church singing—congregational singing…. This book is about singing together as the church in a way that impacts all of your life.”

The book has five key aims:

  1. To discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing.
  2. To consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives.
  3. To cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life.
  4. To equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity.
  5. To inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world.

If you boil the book down into one paragraph, the book

…has a very simple aim: that you would sing truth, and sing it as though it is true. As you wake each day, and as you walk through your day, we pray that the lyrics and melodies of your faith will ring around the spaces where you live your life. As you walk into church next Sunday, we pray that you will be excited about sharing in the privilege of lifting your voice with God’s people, to “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” And as you sing, we pray that you would experience the awesome joy of knowing that you are joining in with the great song of praise that resounds through every age, that stretches throughout this world and into every inch of creation, and that is being sung, right now as you read, in the very courts of heaven.

The book itself is very short—only 101 pages. Each chapter also contains discussion questions at the end so that you can think about it personally or discuss it in a small group. The final 40+ pages are written specifically for pastors and elders; worship and song leaders; musicians, choirs, and production; and songwriters and creatives.

Taken to heart, the book will change how you think about singing in general, and especially about singing in the church.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program http://www.bhbloggers.com/. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Books, Worship

 

Worshipping at the Downtown GetDown

This morning, the “Dave Krok Experience”–Dave, Jack, Ron, Jessica, Stephanie, Keli, and Lauren–one of First Central Bible Church‘s worship team played on the stage at the Chicopee Downtown GetDown. From 11:00AM – 12 Noon, they were the featured band on the stage in front of the old library. A number of FCBC folks were present to encourage and worship along with the team. Our presence led to a number of conversations during the concert and afterwards.