We invite you to come worship with us! First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis is a multi-generational, multi-cultural, social justice-seeking church with a big heart. Our approximately 100 members reside in more than 19 different zip codes across the St. Louis area, but we are drawn together by common interests and values. Far from formal and austere, as our building would first have you believe, this vibrant, faithful congregation thrives with love for one another and for God.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus’ suffering and death is marked by three hours of the day: “at nine o’clock in the morning they crucified him” (Mk. 15:25),
“when it was noon, darkness came over the whole land” (Mk. 15:33), and “at three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus cried in a loud voice, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me? and breathed his last” (Mk. 15:34).
This Good Friday, at 9 am, noon and 3 pm you are invited to take a few minutes, wherever you are, and join together in prayer; remembering the death of Christ and praying for all who suffer.
Our 9 am prayer, adapted from Rex Hunt:
This day we pause to remember Jesus. A man of extraordinary religious insight. An innocent man who died a cruel death. On this day we look at the cross, and we remember… the betrayal of friendship and its consequences, the casual cruelty of state authority, and how unreliable others proved to be in a crisis. On this day may we also remember that religious bigotry, cruelty and unreliability are still a part of our everyday lives. On this day we remember that the innocent still suffer at the hands of the powerful; that the cries of the weak go unheard. On this day, then, may we learn some new precepts for living…do not close your heart before suffering; do not maintain anger, hatred or vengeance; do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest, do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature, do not put your own interests before the interests of other. On this day we remember and may we learn a new way.
Our noon prayer, by Anonymous:
Lord, When I am hungry, give me someone who needs food; When I am hurting, send me someone to console; When I am poor, lead someone needy to me; When I have no time, give me someone to help for a moment; When I am humiliated, give me someone to praise; When I am discouraged, send me someone to encourage; When I need another’s understanding, give me someone who needs mine;
When I need someone to take care of me, send me someone to care for. When I think of myself, turn my thoughts to another. Amen.
Our 3 pm prayer, by Nancy Wood:
You shall ask what good are dead leaves?
And I will tell you
They nourish the sore earth.
You shall ask why the leaves are so green
And I will tell you
Because they are rich with life
You shall ask why must summer end
And I shall tell you
So that the leaves can die.
Sunday, March 24
Palm/Passion Sunday Worship, 10:30am
Thursday, March 28
Maundy Thursday Worship & Communion, 7pm
Saturday, March 30
Easter Egg Hunt and Service Project, 10am
Sunday, April 24
Easter Sunday Worship & Communion, 10:30am
Wednesday, February 13, 7pm in the Sanctuary
Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday. Please join us for a worship service of singing, prayer, meditation, and the imposition ashes where we will reflect on both the temporary nature of our bodies (remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return) and on the eternal Breath of God dwelling in each of us.
Registration is now open for the garden plots, with assignments to be made at the annual Garden Registration on March 2. Plots are $30 for a 4×8-foot space or $60 for a 4×16-foot space. Last year’s inaugural season was very successful and we look forward to seeing what our gardeners will come up with this year.
Applications are due by Feb. 20.
Download more information and an application here: First Pres Garden Application
On Sunday, February 3 at 3pm, First Pres is pleased to again host a concert by The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis. The program, Four Sacred Cantatas by Christoph Graupner, is the modern day premiere of works by J.S. Bach’s lesser-known contemporary. Learn more about Collegium Vocale on the web at cvsl.wordpress.com
Sunday, January 20 the Board of Deacons is holding a Blanket Drive. Blankets and other supplies are distributed weekly to homeless persons throughout the area by Winter Patrols. Financial donations to purchase supplies are also needed. Contact the church office to learn more.
7:30pm Candlelight Communion Service
Make plans now to worship together on Christmas Eve. This beautiful worship experience begins with special holiday music by the Music Ministry, followed by Lessons & Carols and Candlelight Communion. At First Presbyterian, all who believe have a place at the table. All are welcome. You are welcome!