What is worship like at First Baptist Church of Pendleton?
At our Worship Services, you can expect to sing, to laugh, to cry, to pray, to listen, to speak and to respond. A few of our favorite quotes about worship may give you an idea of how we practice worshipping God and why we find worshipping God TOGETHER to be so important.
[God] works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, God works on us through each other. [People] are mirrors, or “carriers” of Christ to other [people]. Usually it is those who know him that bring him to others. That is why the church, the whole body of Christians showing him to one another, is so important.
-- C.S. Lewis
Our life is full of brokenness — broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives?
-- Henri Nouwen
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
-- Mother Teresa
Phrases like “Worship Service” or “Service of Worship” are redundant. To worship God MEANS to serve God.
Basically there are two ways to do it. One way is to do things for God that God needs to have done – run errands for God, carry messages for God, fight on God’s side, feed God’s sheep, and so on.
The other way is to do things for God that you need to do – sing songs for God, create beautiful things for God, give things up for God, tell God what’s on your mind and in your heart, in general rejoice in God and make a fool of yourself for him the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love.
A Quaker meeting, a Pontifical High Mass, the Family Service at First Presbyterian, a Holy Roller Happening – unless there is an element of joy and foolishness in the proceedings, the time would be better spent doing something else.
-- Frederick Buechner
It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church. We should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.
-- Annie Dillard
Easter is not something to be argued, reasoned out, demonstrated. It is something to be experienced, enjoyed, wondered at.
It is pleasing to the dear God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
-- Martin Luther
First Baptist Church of Pendleton 351 South Broad Street, Pendleton, SC 29670
PO Box 187, Pendleton, SC 29670-0187 (mailing address)