Worship is in the Owens Community Building Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Our summer worship schedule is underway as members and friends from First Presbyterian Church of New Haven gather each Sunday for worship, friendship, and service.
Each Sunday, the air-conditioned Miller Hall is transformed into a place to gather to sing, pray, and hear God’s word read and proclaimed. The Children in Worship program will continue throughout the summer for all children in grades K-5. Nursery care is available throughout the morning.
This summer invites us to explore the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God. The hymnal arrived in time for Palm Sunday worship and we have enjoyed singing new hymns and old favorites.
During the summer months, the preachers, choosing one hymn from the hymnal, will reflect on the biblical and theological concepts raised in the hymn text. By the end of the summer we will have learned ten new hymns.
The 219th General Assembly (2010) included the following language on the isse of our commitment to human rights and search for peace in Israel and Palestine.
1. Express its enduring and heartfelt commitment to security, justice and lasting peace for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
2. Express its support for the U.S. government policy of carefully vetting the funds distributed to foreign countries in ways that ensure peaceful development and are consistent with international law, human rights protections, and U.S. foreign policy, namely:
a. the US Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 which prohibits giving assistance to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations;
b. the U.S. Arms Export Control Act of 1976 which prohibits using U.S. weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure, and
c. the U.S. foreign policy insofar as it pertains to recommendations for steps toward peace, in this instance, between Israelis and Palestinians.
3. Call for the allocation of U.S. military aid funds to be contingent on compliance with the above-mentioned statutes and/or to the peace process.
When Representative Rosa DeLauro visited First Presbyterian Church to speak about her work in peace and justice, she reported that one of seven people are food insecure in the Connecticut Third Congressional District, which she represents. That means one in seven people and children, our near neighbors, are not sure they will have enough to eat any given day. One in seven are sure they often will go hungry. And this in the richest state in the richest nation…
Each year, through our Thanksgiving Special Offering, First Presbyterian Church joins in to help Christian Community Action provide thanksgiving food baskets for our neighbors in need.
As in the past, CCA will be relying on The Connecticut Food Bank for 1,000 turkeys and cases of food items that will be handed out as part of this effort. They count on businesses, houses of worship, civic groups and schools to make up the critical difference between what the Food Bank is able to provide and what they will need to meet the demand.
In the season of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit as a force of regeneration and renewal, in our own lives and among God’s people around the world.
We are particularly reminded that the youth of society everywhere, to whom we would look for the promise of spiritual transformation and growth, are also those most vulnerable to the crippling handicaps of poverty, discrimination, violence, and the distractions of a spiritually empty culture.
Our Pentecost offering will be collected on Pentecost Sunday, June 12. Checks may be put in the special envelopes, or simply designated “Pentecost” on the memo line. Please be generous in support of this valuable work of our church.