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First Presbyterian Church offers two regular Sunday worship services, one at 8:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Service
This service, held in our downstairs Fellowship Hall (accessed most easily from the south side of the building), is the more informal of our two services, with no organ and a pick-up choir that meets at 8:00 a.m. to rehearse that Sunday’s anthem. In the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) worship is moved outdoors to a courtyard just below the main church building. Worshippers are invited to share in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table every Sunday. Hunger offerings for the Rio Grande Food Project are received at the communion table the first Sunday of every month. Infant care (infants to 5-year-olds) is provided for this service. Parents are encouraged to bring older children to worship with them. Children’s and Adult Sunday School classes begin at 9:45 (after the 8:30 service).
11:00 a.m. Service
This classic service of Reformed Christian worship is held in our sanctuary and features the Chancel Choir, accompanied by music from the second largest pipe organ in the state. This service includes a time for children and occasionally features the children’s/youth choir. Childcare (up to 5-years old) is provided for this service. Communion normally is served the first Sunday of every even-numbered month. On these Sundays, hunger offerings are received at the communion table for the Rio Grande Food Project.
All services include congregational hymn singing, a time of confession and forgiveness, readings from God’s Word typically taken from the Revised Common Lectionary, and a sermon exploring how we might hear and think about God’s Word for us. We pray for creation, the world of nations, our own nation, and our surrounding community, and we offer up our own lives and gifts in response to the many ways in which we ourselves have been blessed. Infants and adults alike are sometimes welcomed into the household of God through the sacrament of Baptism. Always through worship, we enter into God’s presence so that we might carry a sense of God with us as we go to love and serve this world that God so loves, in the Way of Jesus Christ.