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Each worship service at First Presbyterian is a medley of different styles. We sing traditional hymns with a resounding pipe organ, and also contemporary worship songs with a band. We have a time to read together prayers printed in the bulletin, and another time for spontaneously sharing individual celebrations. On any given Sunday, you might hear a Renaissance anthem in Latin, a heartfelt Spiritual, or a men's quartet; not to mention violin, mandolin, Celtic harp, conga drums, gospel-style piano...we've even had a bagpipe.


Whatever the mix of the day, the service is built around a time of "Gathering," a time for "Proclaiming the Word," a time for "Responding," and sometimes for Sacraments, and a concluding Blessing.


We "Gather" with a welcome and announcements, followed by a spoken "Call to Worship:" words which focus our attention on who God is and what God has done. We continue to focus on God with a hymn, a prayer, and three or four songs, before moving to a group "Confession," and the assurance that "in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven." We often have a choir anthem next, and/or a message for children, before the children are dismissed for Church School, and the adults take a moment to greet one another. At this point, we share some of the "Celebrations" of our lives. Individuals stand and tell what God has done, and together we thank God in prayer.


"Proclaiming the Word" consists of a reading from scripture, and a sermon to draw out its meaning and relevance to our lives.


We "Respond" by giving our tithes and offerings. We celebrate Communion, on the first Sunday of each month.



Frequently Asked Questions


What to Wear?

We are a community of believers in Christ and encourage you to dress as you feel comfortable.  Most attendees are dressed casually.



Will I be expected to give money when I come?

At each service we collect tithes and offerings, because God calls us to (Mal. 3:10) and because that's how any church receives funding to operate. But as our guest, don't feel any obligation to participate in this part of the service. It's primarily for our regular attendees and members.



Do you have a ministry for children?

We'll take great care of your kids in our Nursery and Sunday School ministries. These ministries run at the same time as our service.


Do you offer Sunday School for teens and adults?

Teens join their parents in the worship service.  For adults we offer A Sunday Morning Bible Study at 8:30am. It is a place to learn and also contribute with an open dialogue. Small groups take place at different times throughout the year and are usually on Monday evenings.



Need More Information?

On Sunday mornings, we encourage you to fill out the friendship pad that will be passed down your pew during the service. Let us know how we can better get to know you or what you may be interested in at First Pres. After our morning service we offer a coffee time and there are friendly deacons and warm church members who would love to talk with you about the church and your needs. You can contact our church office during the week at 310-832-7597.

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