Worship & Music
We strive for excellence in both our music and our preaching at FPCM, but at the same time, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. At all times keeping within the Reformed Tradition. We try to be open to the leading of God’s Spirit and responsive to the needs of the congregation.
Music is a vital part of the worship experience at FPCM. There are many talented musicians in our congregation and we enjoy their talents in the worship service. Adult musicians of all abilities can choose to sing in the Chancel Choir, play hand bells in the Adult Bell Choir, or join the Praise Team as a singer or instrumentalist. Musicians of all ages also use their talents as soloists and in small groups to enrich the worship experience.
We offer two types of church services.
Our Traditional Service, with Reformed Liturgy, usually includes the Chancel Choir and our pipe organ. The Adult Bell Choir or one of the children’s musical groups also participate in this service occasionally. In addition to printed materials such as bulletins and hymnals, screen technology is used to assist in leading the congregation, helping them understand what is happening. To enrich the music in our worship we have a two-manual, 17-rank Moller pipe organ, installed in 1951. We also have a Samick baby grand piano that is a great asset to worship.
The word “synergy” means “working together.” Our Synergy Service is more contemporary in style. A Praise Band leads the congregation with the musical portions of the service. This band uses singers, piano, guitar, clavinova and drums to provide the music. Words for the songs are generally projected on the large screens, so the songs are sung in unison. The overall feeling of this worship service is a bit more relaxed.
A nursery area is available just off the Sanctuary. However, we enjoy and encourage children of all ages to remain in the Sanctuary for the entire service. There is a children’s time offered during the service.
Construction of our Sanctuary, with its classical stained glass windows was started in 1884 and the building was dedicated on September 27, 1885. In 1992, PFCM was listed in the National Historic Registry because of its unique architectural design. This registry is the official list of historic properties recognized by the Federal Government as worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. FPCM is honored to be on the register and is committed to preserving our piece of history for all who will pass by and enter our doors.