Worship

Worship has been described as "the primary work of the congregation." It is certainly critical in the life and ministry of the church. Worship is the one activity that involves the entire congregation. It is our primary contact with our community. When people are looking for a church they start by attending worship. And often it is worship that becomes the deciding factor in determining whether or not a person will continue a relationship with a church. Most people consider worship to be the primary motivation and encouragement for the life of faith.

At First Presbyterian worship is a vibrant blend of worship styles, music, the dramatic and visual arts, and participatory engagement of the congregation. Our aim is to capture the energy and spiritual quality of contemporary worship while embracing the richness of traditional worship.

Worship design and content are highly regarded at First Presbyterian.  Staff resources are devoted to the careful planning of each service.  We began 2024 with the annual worship theme:  “Give Radically, Serve Radically”.  A monthly theme is selected to support that theme.  Recent themes include:

Baby Steps
Service With A Smile

 

A Message From Pastor RJ Leek.

 

 

06/21/24

Completing hard tasks often feels overwhelming, but it is precisely in these moments that we grow the most. In Philippians 4:13, we are reminded, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This verse encourages us to rely on God's strength rather than our own. When faced with a daunting task, remember that God is with you, providing the endurance and wisdom needed to persevere.

Consider Nehemiah, who rebuilt Jerusalem's walls despite significant opposition. His determination and faith in God led to the completion of an almost impossible task. Like Nehemiah, we should approach our challenges with prayer, persistence, and trust in God's guidance. Each step we take, no matter how small, brings us closer to our goal.

As we tackle hard tasks, we not only accomplish something tangible but also build character, faith, and resilience. Trust in God's promise to support and strengthen you through every challenge.

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06/14/24

Suffering is an inevitable part of our human experience. It can often seem unbearable and lead us to question the goodness of God. However, the Bible offers us a perspective that can transform our understanding of suffering. In Romans 5:3-5, the Apostle Paul writes, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. “This passage reminds us that suffering is not without purpose. It has the potential to shape and refine our character, leading us to develop resilience, strength, and hope. Through our trials, we learn to rely on God's grace and find comfort in His promises. James 1:2-4 echoes this sentiment, encouraging us to "consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. “In our suffering, we are not alone. Jesus, who endured the ultimate suffering on the cross, empathizes with our pain and offers us His peace. As we lean on Him, He promises to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). Let us, therefore, embrace the transformative power of suffering, trusting that it will lead us to a deeper relationship with God and a stronger faith.

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06/07/24

As Christians, we are called to live lives that reflect the holiness and righteousness of God. Accommodating bad behavior contradicts this calling and undermines our witness to the world. Scripture encourages us to "be holy, because I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16). This holiness requires us to uphold God's standards in our own lives and gently but firmly address sin in the lives of others. When we tolerate bad behavior, we risk becoming desensitized to sin and losing our moral compass. Furthermore, accommodating sin can harm the community of believers. In 1 Corinthians 5:6, Paul warns that "a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough," illustrating how unchecked sin can spread and corrupt. By confronting bad behavior with love and truth, we help maintain the purity and integrity of the body of Christ. Our goal is to restore and guide others towards a closer walk with God, always acting in love and humility.

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200 South Lone Oak Dr.
Leesburg, FL 34748

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