Worship at Concord Presbyterian Church is “Reformed, but always reforming.” We are firmly rooted and and grounded in traditional worship. Our services are centered around the reading and preaching of scripture. We sing traditional hymns and responses every Sunday. Prayer plays an important part in our service, and we take time to collect a weekly offering to the church. Our scripture readings typically follow the Revised Common Lectionary: a set of readings that many churches share in common. Our sermons are rooted in “Reformed” and orthodox understanding theology and mission. Our pastor and choir wear robes as sign reverence. Our church celebrates two sacraments: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Communion).
And yet, we are innovative in worship. You can find our hymns and readings, not only in books and bulletins, but on a screen that seamlessly blends into our traditional sanctuary. Our choir and musicians play the organ and piano, but you are just likely on any given Sunday morning to hear guitars, percussion, handbells, or even a brass band. The members of Concord Presbyterian Church are active participants in worship. Lay leaders share announcements, prayers, readings, and children’s messages. Concord does a wonderful job of including and preparing our children and youth lead us in worship. Contemporary music, drama, dance, processions, videos, slideshows, interactive activities and presentations often make their way into worship, always in ways that enhance the message and glorify God, not simply for the sake of trying something new.
Concord’s Adult Choir
Our Adult Choir meets at 7:15 p.m. for practice on Wednesday nights, under the capable leadership of our choir director Elizabeth Dobson and pianist Gay Suther. Concord is known for its excellent choir, full of faithful members and gifted singers and soloists. Our choir offer two special musical programs a year during Holy Week and Advent, and they often participate in community choir festivals and events.
The Concord Choir is always open to new voices!
Join us for worship every Sunday of the year at 11:00 A.M. You are also welcome to join us for any of our special services, held throughout the year.
Epiphany & Communion in January: The end to our Christmas celebration happens on the first Sunday of our new year.
Ash Wednesday Evening Service in February or March The Season of Lent begins with a service of communion and the imposition of ashes
Holy Week Services, in March or April, including:
Palm Sunday: Worship begins outside the sanctuary with a parade of palm branches. Our parade includes an appearance by Noel, the church’s pet Donkey.
Maundy Thursday: This service, held in our fellowship hall, always includes communion and dramatizes the events of holy week.
Good Friday Tenebrae: The sanctuary grows ever darker as our choir leads us in a program of music and scripture readings that tell of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion.
Easter Sunrise Service: Our youth lead us in the early morning service of celebration as we remember and proclaim Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
Easter Worship: The most important service of the year for our church, on Easter we tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection, and we remember our baptism, our own dying and rising with Christ.
Bright Sunday: “Low Sunday” no more, the Sunday after Easter revives the ancient tradition of celebrating Eastertide with holy humor!
Kirkin’ of the Tartans: A service celebrating the Scots-Irish roots of our West Iredell community and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Mother’s Day Service: Our children youth lead worship and share music on Mother’s Day.
Pentecost in May or June: The Church is decorated “red” as we celebrate the coming the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ first disciples and its continued presence and work among us. We share in the Lord’s Supper on Pentecost, and every three years, we welcome our confirmation class into the membership of the church.
VBS Sunday in June or July: We celebrate what our children have learned at Vacation Bible School with a service full of music, drama, and pictures.
Montreat Sunday in July: Our youth share with us what they experienced at the Montreat Youth Conference.
Homecoming in September: The Church welcomes home its extended family and friends with guest speakers and musicians, not to mention an epic covered dish meal.
World Communion Sunday in October: We celebrate the unity of our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world with this special Communion Service.
All Saint’s Sunday: We remember the saints that have gone before us with our Cloud of Witnesses Banners. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper too.
Community Thanksgiving Service: Concord joins other churches in our community for an evening service of Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the holiday.
Christmas Choral Cantata: Our choir shares a musical program of anthems and readings that tell the Christmas story.
Children’s Christmas Program: Our children and youth lead us in worship as we share the story of Christmas.
Christmas Eve Service: Concord worships at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve with carols, preaching, communion, and candlelight.