The season of Advent is upon us offering us a time for reflection as we make ready for the coming of Christ. The sanctuary is decorated for the holiday season. The children of the Church School are lighting the Advent candles this year and each Sunday morning the congregation will gather to sing Advent hymns and offer prayers for God’s people close by and far away.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated each week for those who wish to experience this celebration as part of their Advent meditations. On December 4th the Sacrament will be included in the morning’s worship. On the mornings of December 11 and December 18, there will be a brief communion service following the worship service.
The First Presbyterian Church Choir will offer music of the season during worship on December 11. Under the direction of Patrick McCreless, the choir will sing carols and spirituals and songs celebrating the Advent and Christmas season. Following worship that morning, the church will sit down for the Annual Christmas Dinner. The menu will include home cooked turkeys and hams, and all the fixin’s for a holiday meal.
On Sunday, December 18th, the Children and Youth Choirs will sing as we draw near to the birth of Christ. Co-Pastor Maria LaSala will preach and preside at the Table at the Communion service following worship.
The choir will present its annual Advent and Christmas music during the sermon time on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11. Like last year, we will present a selection of carols and choruses from different times and places.
Included will be the opening chorus from one of J.S. Bach’s Christmas cantatas (Cantata No. 63), carols from Denmark and England, John Gardner’s setting of “Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day,” and “His Yoke Is Easy,” the final chorus from the first section of Handel’s Messiah.
We hope you will join us!
The music program is off to a good start at First Presbyterian this fall. On September 12, our first Sunday back in the sanctuary, we were inspired by the wonderful singing of the Elm City Girls’ Choir, as we continued our tradition of their having a rehearsal and overnight stay at the church on Saturday, before singing on Sunday.
Our own choir began participating in the service on September 19. We have a strong group, we love singing, and we always welcome new singers to join us. We sing in worship every Sunday, and we rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and Sundays at 9:30 AM; you can come to either rehearsal, or both.… Continue
It’s been ten years since the catastrophic attack on American soil. For many of us, that morning brought shock and fear. The children in our midst know these events only as history. Our youth learned about it in schools, but were protected from the gruesome images of the news media.
Churches held prayer services. First Presbyterian Church held a noontime service followed by a lunch, and then of course continued in prayer and reflection during the weeks and months that
followed. All over the country people mourned and grieved wondering why such a thing had happened.
Soon followed first one war, then another.… Continue
The summer preaching series will begin on July 3rd and continue through August 21. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. as we hear sermons and stories about peace … personal, political, transformative … peace.
The preaching schedule for August is:
August 7 – Diane Goudreau
August 14 – Brian Gray
August 21 – Phil Yoo
Each of these preachers will bring their unique voice and perspective to this topic. Together we can, in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, be “channels of God’s peace.”
Children in Worship Programming Continues through the Summer....
This summer, children ages 5-10 are invited to continue meeting during the Children in Worship time during regular worship. In August, we will work together to create a mural in the Children in Worship room, depicting the Tree of Life from the book “The Blessing Seed,” an adaptation of the Creation story.
Please join us!