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

 


Wednesday, February 14, 2024, Ash Wednesday Service, Sanctuary, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28, 2024, Maundy Thursday Service, Sanctuary, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31, 2024, Easter Worship Service, Sanctuary, 10 a.m.

 

This week’s devotion

Repentance, a pivotal concept in Scripture, underscores the necessity of turning away from sin and toward God. In Acts 3:19, Peter exhorts, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Repentance opens the door to forgiveness and restoration of relationship with God.

Throughout the Bible, repentance is intertwined with God's call for righteousness and holiness. Psalm 51:10 echoes this sentiment, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Repentance isn't just remorse for past actions but a transformation of heart and mind, leading to a renewed life in Christ.

Recognizing our need for repentance humbles us before God, acknowledging His sovereignty and our dependence on His grace. Let us, therefore, heed the call to repentance, continually turning from sin and embracing God's mercy and love. As we enter the season of Lent, let us do our best to come before God with a clean heart.

 

Ash Wednesday Devotion

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a period of reflection, repentance, and spiritual preparation for Easter. As we receive ashes on our foreheads, we are reminded of our mortality and the call to turn away from sin. In Genesis 3:19, we read, "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." This symbolic act emphasizes the transient nature of life and the need for a humble and contrite heart.

Joel 2:12 urges, "Yet even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." Ash Wednesday invites us to enter a season of self-examination, prayer, and fasting, seeking God's forgiveness and grace. May the ashes on our foreheads be a visible sign of our commitment to a renewed spiritual journey, drawing closer to God through repentance and surrender, as we anticipate the hope of Easter resurrection.

 

"Overflowing Grace"

In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul declares, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." Grace, an undeserved gift, emanates from God's boundless love. It is a divine force that transforms lives, offering redemption to sinners and reconciliation with our Creator.

Titus 2:11 further illustrates the profound nature of grace: "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." God's grace knows no boundaries; it is a universal invitation extended to everyone, transcending our shortcomings and failures. As recipients of this unmerited favor, our response should be one of gratitude and humility.

Let us bask in the warmth of God's grace, understanding that it is not earned but freely given. Through faith, we become vessels of His mercy, allowing the transformative power of grace to overflow in our lives and touch the hearts of those around us. In this divine dance of redemption, may we continually marvel at the depth of God's love and share the good news of His grace with a world in need.

 

The light of God has overcome the darkness!


In John's Gospel (John 1:1-10), we encounter the profound declaration that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." This Word, revealed as Jesus Christ, is the very essence of God incarnate. The imagery of light overcoming darkness signifies the arrival of divine truth and grace into our world. As we reflect on these verses, let us marvel at the cosmic significance of Christ's presence. In our lives, He is the guiding light dispelling the shadows of doubt and despair. Just as the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, may we invite Jesus into every aspect of our existence. Through Him, we find life and purpose, and in His light, we discover the profound truth that darkness has not overcome the brilliance of His love.

Rev. RJ Leek
Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church Leesburg, Florida

 

Leaving the nets behind.
In Mark 1:14-20, Jesus begins His ministry with a powerful proclamation: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." This call echoes through time, reaching us today. The urgency is palpable — the Kingdom is not a distant reality, but a present invitation to transform our lives. As Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James, and John to leave their nets and follow Him, so too does He beckon us to abandon the familiar and embrace His Kingdom. Repentance and belief are not merely actions but continuous states of the heart, leading us to surrender our lives to Christ. Today, let's heed the call, leaving behind the nets that bind us — be they doubts, fears, or worldly attachments — and step into the transformative journey of living fully in the Kingdom of God.
Rev. RJ Leek
Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church Leesburg, Florida

 


Easter drama group,
Embark on an exhilarating journey this Easter! Join our dynamic adult drama and stick ministry group. Bring biblical narratives to life. Unleash your acting prowess, forge meaningful connections, and create an unforgettable Easter experience. All talents welcome! Enlist today for an extraordinary celebration!  Please contact pastor RJ if you would like to participate.  

Rev. RJ Leek
Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church Leesburg, Florida

 

Make Church your new year resolution.

Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:25, "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." This verse emphasizes the importance of gathering as a community in worship. A church is not just a building; it is a sacred space where believers come together to strengthen their faith, find support, and encourage one another on their spiritual journeys.
In Matthew 18:20, Jesus assures us, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." The presence of Christ is palpable in the fellowship of believers. Attending church fosters unity, love, and shared spiritual growth. It is a place to lift each other up, to share burdens, and to celebrate victories. As we come together to worship, we align our hearts with God's purpose, experiencing the joy that comes from communal devotion. Let us cherish the blessing of the church, where our faith is nurtured, and our lives are enriched through the bonds of Christian fellowship.

Rev. RJ Leek
Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church Leesburg, Florida

 

 

 

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