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First Presbyterian

A Community Serving and

Worshipping Jesus Christ our Lord

Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 am

Youth Hang-out

Friday Night 6:30 - 8:00

WELCOME!

SERVICE TIME: Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 in the sanctuary

LOCATION: 585 North Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514. PH: (760) 872-2261. The front entrance is on Main Street across from McDonalds, but you can treat us like family and use the "back door" off our courtyard area.

WELCOME: Everyone is welcome at First Pres. Our worship service is a blend of contemporary and traditional followed by a fellowship time for sharing conversation and snacks. On Sunday mornings, we offer Nursery and Pre-school, and Youth Sunday School classes. We'd love for you to join us.  We invite you to experience the love, peace, and freedom of Jesus Christ and hope you will join us in our joyous faith adventure as we grow more like Him and share His good news with others. 

WHO WE ARE:We believe that Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry. Our beliefs are based upon the Old and New Testament Scripture as the unique and authoritative Word of God.  We are a member congregation of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).
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QUICKLINKS
August Happenings

  • August 9-15: Youth Camp at Hume Lake
  • August 30: Share Your Blessings Dinner - 4pm Hillis Hall
  • Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 AM
  • Fall Youth Program - See Youth Page for detail
  • Bible Studies - See Church Calendar for time and location

   

Pastor's Corner

The Heart of Worship?

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross.
He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. (Malachi 3:3, NLT)

In my newsletter article last month I included a quote from Henry Blackaby as we considered our worship before God. Reverence and awe should be essential parts of our foundation for worship. Today, I am returning to Blackaby as we take a second look at worship.

“The quality of our worship is not based on our activities but on our character. Churches can mistakenly assume that the better the music, the more impressive the building, and the more eloquent the preaching the more worshipful the experience will be. Genuine worship, however, originates from within our hearts. If our relationship with God is not healthy, all these things are nothing more than religious pageantry.

The Levites were the worship leaders of their day. Their task was to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people. God declared that before they could worship Him in righteousness, He would first refine them with the refiner’s fire, purging them of any impurities. Merely being members of the religious profession, having official responsibilities in the temple, and going through the rituals of worship did not guarantee that their religious activities would be acceptable to holy God

Today, we tend to look to external things to enhance our worship. The true quality of our worship, however, rests within us. If we have not allowed God to purify us first,
our worship will be void of His presence. If we do not have a pure heart, we may
give offerings, but they will be unacceptable to God. Attending a religious service will not automatically ensure an encounter with God. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your worship, don’t be too quick to blame your environment. Look first to your own heart. Allow God to refine your heart until it is pleasing to Him, and you will be free to worship God as He intends.”

Blessings, Pastor Peter

    First Presbyterian Church
    585 North Main Street, 
    Bishop, CA 93514
    PH: (760) 872-2261