Worship at First Hurst
At First Hurst you’ll find a casual but engaging worship experience, headlined by practical, uplifting messages, warm relationships, and great music. Every week, folks from all generations worship together as we participate in the following worship elements for the glory of our Lord.
God has given us the gift of music, and He clearly calls us to use this gift as an act worship. Through a blended variety of musical styles, each week we lift up the name of Jesus and honor the faithfulness of our great God. Many from our congregation participate in this worship element as members of the choir, orchestra, praise band, or praise team. Contact our Worship & Creative Arts Ministry to find out how you can get involved in one of these worship opportunities.
Psalm 95:1 -- Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
The primary avenues for connecting with others in authentic relationships is through LIFE Groups and ministry service teams [links]. The format of a corporate worship service can ake it a difficult time to really connect with others in the congregation. However, our worship always includes an intentional time of greeting one another to help build a sense of community as we briefly fellowship together.
I Peter 5:14 -- Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Not just because it’s expected, but because it’s vital, we include a committed time of solemn prayer in our worship services. One of our pastors typically leads this time as we genuinely approach the Almighty in the name of Christ to thank Him, adore Him, and confess our need of Him. We encourage the congregation to actively join us in this special time of intercession.
Acts 1:14 -- All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer...
As you might expect, the focal point of our weekly worship service is when the Word of God is proclaimed through preaching. Most of the time, you’ll hear from our senior pastor, although the responsibility of communicating God’s message is sometimes shared by another of our pastors. Extensive time is invested each week in study and preparation to share God’s unchanging truth that shapes and guides our lives. You can listen to some of our recent messages.
Mark 2:2 -- And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
As part of our worship services, we often celebrate the joy of baptism with those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Not only does it picture the Gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ); baptism also pictures the believer’s new spiritual life in a public commitment to follow the Lord. Please contact us if you’d like to visit with one of our pastors about baptism.
Romans 6:4 -- We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Communion (Lord’s Supper)
We observe the ordinance of communion on select Sundays, 5-6 times each year. Following a special time of self-examination, our deacons serve the communion elements to the congregation. It’s always a tender time of worship as we remember the sacrifice of our Savior for our sins.
I Corinthians 11:26 -- For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Baby dedications are a beautiful and very personal part of our worship services, as the pastor tenderly carries the child and carefully walks throughout the Worship Center explaining and expressing the significance of the baby’s names and our hopes for the child. Truthfully, though, it’s more of a parent dedication, as the child’s mother and father commit themselves to lovingly rear their baby under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. If your family is interested in a baby dedication, please contact our Preschool Ministry to begin arrangements.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 -- And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.