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We welcome you to worship with us through the fellowship of our body of Christ. Just as each body is a wonderful collection of different and necessary parts, we want you to become a part of our family. We are so excited you are interested in learning more about us. When you visit the church, we hope you discover what we already know, and that is that the Spirit of God is doing amazing things at First Presbyterian Church. From all kinds of vibrant ministries to eye-opening Biblical discoveries to some of the most caring people you will ever meet, First Presbyterian Church is the place for you. If you are interested in exploring membership here at First Presbyterian Church, please talk with any of our ushers, or our Pastor, Hanna Peterson-Shearer, following worship on Sunday morning. You may also give Pastor Hanna a call during the week, as she will be happy to respond to any questions you may have. You are welcome to attend church and any of our functions before becoming a member. We hope that you will want to become a part of the FPC family. See you soon!
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Traditional Worship

Worship is the centerpiece of our week.  It is the foundation of all that we are in Christ and all that we do as Christians.

In our Traditional Worship Service, we gather in the Presence of God, Proclaim God’s Word, and Respond to God’s Word as we depart into the week.  It draws on a strong heritage of worship in the Presbyterian Church.  Liturgy, hymns, choir, organ, and an occasional orchestra are normal for this service.   

Each Sunday, we give glory to God by drawing on the outstanding music of our choir, as well as the vibrant life of young and old alike.  The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is celebrated once a month.  Come and experience God’s grace with us! 

Throughout the year, we celebrate the liturgical seasons of the Church (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost).  These seasons follow the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ and help us to center our lives in God.

Advent

Advent starts off the liturgical year as we spend 4 weeks preparing for Christ’s birth on Christmas morning.  The color of Advent is purple or blue - to signify a period of preparation for Christ’s coming and the royalty of the King of Kings.

Christmastide

Christmastide begins Christmas day and continues through January 6th.  This season is typically known as the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and ends on Epiphany Sunday as we follow the journey of the Wise Men and celebrate the coming of Christ.  The color of Christmas is white - to signify the purity and deity of Christ.  Christmas Eve services are held December 24th at 5:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.

Epiphany

Epiphany begins January 6th through Ash Wednesday.  This season of the church recognizes the visit of the Magi.  The liturgical color of Epiphany Sunday and Jesus’ baptism is white.  The rest of epiphany is celebrated with green to symbolize our growth in Christ.

Lent

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and is a season of penitence and preparation for the death of Christ.  Our Ash Wednesday service provides the imposition of ashes on each forehead and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  During this period, we spend our time in self-examination as we reflect on what Jesus Christ means to us.  Lent culminates in Holy Week and ends on Good Friday, which lays witness to Christ on the cross.  The color of Lent is purple – to signify our penitence and the majesty of Christ.  Holy Week Services include: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Eastertide

Eastertide begins on Easter Sunday in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ!  This is a season of high praise as we proclaim Christ’s victory over death.  The color of Easter is white to signify the deity of Christ and overcoming death.  

Pentecost

Fifty days after Easter celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit given the disciples in Jerusalem.  Acts 2 recounts the story which served as a “birthday” of the church.  We focus on the work and movement of the spirit of God among us.  The color of Pentecost is red – to signify the flames of the Holy Spirit.

Ordinary Time

The season from Pentecost to Advent is one of spiritual growth and discipleship.  The color of ordinary time is green – to signify growth in Christ.

Mozart Sunday

Bartlesville hosts the largest classical music festival in Oklahoma each June.  We celebrate God’s gift of music at FPC with a special worship service focused on choral and orchestral works. 

Reformation Sunday

On the last Sunday in October, we remember and honor the Reformers and the beginning of Protestantism with special music and bagpipes.  The Presbyterian Church began in Scotland with John Knox who studied under the Reformation Theologian John Calvin.

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