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.
—Book of Order W-1.100
At Fondren we believe that when the Word is read and proclaimed, Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is present by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. Our eleven o'clock worship service is traditional, arranged around five actions centered on the Bible, or Word: gathering around the Word, proclaiming the Word, responding to the Word, the sealing of the Word, and bearing and following the Word into the world. The service also includes prayer, music, affirmations of faith, and the sharing of congregational and community concerns.
We believe that at the font and the table we meet the same risen Lord to whom the Scriptures bear witness. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month and is open to all baptized Christians. Children who have been taught the meaning of the sacrament are among those welcomed to the table. Communion may be offered at the table or in the pews.
The Sacrament of Infant Baptism is offered to the children of members.
Children are welcome in worship at Fondren. The worship service includes a Time with Children when they hear a special message from the pastor or other leader. Following the Time with Children, parents of preschoolers may allow their children to leave the sanctuary with a childcare volunteer. These children go to the preschool classroom for free play and a Bible story. Children in first grade and above remain for the entire worship service. A fully staffed infant nursery is available during services.
Other opportunities for worship include frequent vespers services on Wednesday evenings and special services appropriate for the seasons and events of the liturgical year.
Large print hymnals and bulletins and hearing enhancement devices are available upon request.