Worship

Experiences of worship, varied and different, strengthen the members and friends of Fort Hill Church in numerous settings.  But the most important services are on Sundays when the congregation joins to praise and thank God and to hear the reading and preaching of God's Word.

Our Presbyterian Book of Order states:

"Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God.  In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives.  As they respond to God's claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed.  In worship, the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God's service in the world."  (W-1.1001)

In the Presbyterian Church there are two Sacraments:  Baptism and Holy Communion.  The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated often in our regular Sunday Morning Worship Services.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated about eight times a year in regular worship services and monthly in a service held in the activities building at Clemson Downs, a local retirement community.

Music is one of the most important parts of Presbyterian worship and is the joint responsibility of the Pastor and Session.  At Fort Hill Church we are very fortunate in having competent and gifted staff people in our music leadership roles.  An adult choir, a hand bell choir, and a children's choir provide our members with good opportunities for expressing their musical talents in the worship of God.  Two instruments in our Sanctuary a wonderful pipe organ and a beautiful grand piano are often supplemented by various instruments and musicians who add measurably to the quality and enjoyment of our services.

One of our Session's ten ministries, the Worship Ministry, meets regularly with the pastors and the church music staff in discussion and planning for worship.  It is also the sounding board for comments and suggestions from members of the congregation in regard to anything having to do with our worship experiences.  Members who have read this part of our website and who have suggestions or comments are encouraged to share these thoughts with the Pastors or with the Worship Ministry.