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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.