Worship

Sunday 11:00 AM

Traditional Worship with Communion

Sunday 5:45 PM

Contemplative Prayer

 

About Worship at Fondren

The Fondren Presbyterian congregation worships twice on Sundays. 

At 11 AM the service combines traditional and eclectic elements and includes the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper each Sunday, August through June. Members of all ages participate in the liturgy. 

Blessed with an exceptional choir and music staff, Fondren’s morning worship includes music of all kinds, from classical literature to spirituals to contemporary. The church adopted the Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, in 2015. Hymn singing is an important part of worship.

We welcome children in worship! At the 11 AM service there’s a Time with Children with a special message from the pastor or another leader. After the Time with Children, preschoolers may leave the sanctuary with a childcare volunteer and go to the preschool classroom for free play and a Bible story. Children in first grade and above remain for the worship service. A fully staffed infant nursery is available during services.

In the evening, THE 5:45 (Sundays year-round at 5:45 PM) offers a time of contemplation and prayer as preparation for the coming week. Contemplation involves periods of silence and stillness, engaging our hands and creative spirits in expressions of prayer, or music to lift our hearts. Our prayers focus on confession of our sins, anticipation of God’s forgiveness, petition to God for our families, neighbors, and our world, and thanksgiving to God for all God is and does for us and through us. Like all Christian worship, the goal of THE 5:45 is to draw us closer to God and open our hearts and lives to hear and encounter God’s word.

Fondren celebrates the liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent, as well as other significant days in the church calendar.


Foundations of Faith, Life, and Love
September 8, 2019 - October 12, 2019

Sept. 8, 2019
GENESIS 2:4B-25 THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Despite humanity’s disobedience and expulsion from the Garden of Eden, God does not abandon us. Notice that in the story the covenant changes but it does not disappear. From the very beginning, God’s posture toward humanity is and always has been one of covenant and love.

Sept. 15, 2019
GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:1-7 ISAAC BORN TO SARAH

God makes a promise to Abraham and Sarah that is beyond belief. At her advanced age, Sarah would become a mother for the first time. God promises to make their family the beginning of a generations long blessing and God is as good as God’s word. Promise is at the heart of God’s relationship with us. Not necessarily promises of stuff or the promise to give us our every wish. Rather God promises to be our God and invites us to be God’s people; a people of blessing. And God is as good as God’s word.

Sept. 22, 2019
GENESIS 32:9-13, 22-30 JACOB WRESTLES WITH GOD

No life of faith is without its difficult moments. Jacob’s story is, in many ways, a reflection of many of our own lives. We wrestle with God. The amazing thing about God is that even in those moments when we fight against God, God does not let us go. God does not forsake us. And God does not withdraw God’s foundational love and grace.

Sept. 29, 2019
EXODUS 1:8-2:10; 3:1-15 MOSES AND THE NAME OF GOD

Moses is met by the voice of God and for the first time we learn God’s name. YHWH or “I am.” God’s very name is being itself. Beneath everything that we are and everything that is, there is the creator God.

Oct. 5, 2019
DEUTERONOMY 5:1-21; 6:4-9 HEAR, O ISRAEL!

Known as the Shema, the prayer of Deuteronomy 6:4 is a central prayer of Judaism but it has largely been lost in Christian worship. Yet those words are ones that affirm so much about what is foundational in our faith. God is not an impersonal deity unconcerned with our lives. God is our God. God is not one of many competing Gods using us as pawns in some cosmic game among titans. God is one, all, everything.

Oct. 12, 2019
RUTH 1:1-17 THE STORY OF RUTH

The witness of Ruth’s life is the witness of loving devotion. Ruth demonstrates in her life with Naomi the kind of love God shows for us and we are called to show for God. Just as Ruth is steadfast in her devotion and will not abandon Naomi although convention would let her, God does not abandon us even when our sinfulness merits it.

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