Music in April

Music will be central in all of our worship services between now and Easter. Here is some of the music that the choir will be singing:

Sunday, April 2

Our service on this Sunday will be enriched by special music by Mendelssohn. Most importantly, the choir, with our own Rory Latham, will present Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, a short cantata for soprano and chorus written in 1844 and premiered in London in 1845. There is a long tradition of the soprano solo being sung by an unchanged boy’s voice, and we are fortunate to have Rory Latham, an 8th-grade student at the Foote School, and son of Fiona Scott-Morton and Steve Latham, as our soloist.… Continue

Mission—Let’s Speak Up

A group of congregation members met after the service last Sunday, March 29th, to discuss concrete mission projects we might undertake as a church community. A variety of ideas were raised from Connecticut environmental projects to racial justice to hunger and more. We’d like to find a variety of projects that can accommodate policy activism like writing letters as well as activities for all ages like making kits for the homeless, marches, and so forth.

The Mission Committee will be sending out a signup tool in the coming weeks so that each person or family can join in the projects that interest them and/or receive policy news of interest.… Continue

The New Sanctuary Movement Pledge

In our current political climate one of the populations most at risk are recent immigrants. There is a nationwide movement called the New Sanctuary Movement. Their purpose is to highlight the plight of immigrants, and to stand with them, protect them, and advocate for them. There are people in our area who are training to learn how to accompany and advocate for immigrants.

Our Session signed the New York New Sanctuary Movement Pledge. Specifically it says:

We covenant to:

  1. Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights.
  2. Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrants.
  3. Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination and unjust deportation.

Lenten and Easter Readings – April 2017

APRIL 2 – Romans 14:7-12, Psalm 103:1-12 and Luke 7:36-50
APRIL 9 – PALM SUNDAY – Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29, Luke 7:36-47
APRIL 16 – EASTER – Jeremiah 31:1-6, Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24, John 20:1-18
APRIL 23 – unknown, lectionary readings are: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, John 20:19-31
APRIL 30 – unknown, lectionary readings are: Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, Luke 24:13-35


Holy Week and Easter Morning Services at First Presbyterian Church

On Palm Sunday, celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with activities for all ages in the Miller Gathering Hall, in addition to the adult Sunday School class, meeting in the choir room. At 10:45 a.m. the service will begin with the children and youth processing with palms to the opening hymn, All Glory, Laud and Honor. We will also collect the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering this Sunday.

The Maundy Thursday Worship service will be held in the Miller Gathering Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 13th. We will be thinking together about Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.… Continue