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Worship at First Presbyterian Church

Holy Week Services:
Sunday, March 29,2015--Palm/Passion Sunday

Scripture texts: Isaiah 62:1-12; 1 Corinthians 16:1-9; Matthew 21:1-17
Sermon: "A Wide Door (And Many Adversaries)"--Pastor Sam Massey
8:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion--music led by cantor and piano
10:30 a.m. Worship--music led by Junior, Youth, and Sanctuary Choir
                   and organ

Thursday, April 2, 2015--Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m.  Worship includes Tenebrae Service with Holy Communion
                  Music led by Sanctuary Choir, flute, trumpet, and organ

Saturday, April 4, 2015--Great Vigil of Easter
7:00 p.m.  Worship includes Services of Light, Word, Water,
                  and Holy Communion
                  Music led by Junior, Youth, Sanctuary Choirs and organ

Sunday, April 5, 2015--Easter Sunday
Scripture texts: Isaiah 65:17-25; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 28:1-10
Sermon: "God's Ringers"--Pastor Sam Massey
8:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion--music led by vocal quartet,
                 brass, and piano
10:30 a.m. Worship--music led by Sanctuary Choir, Brass,
                  Timpani, and organ      

Please join us! All are welcome!

What are worship services like?

Our Reformed tradition is one in which we acknowledge and respond to the glory and power of the triune God present in the world and in our lives. In general, worship contains prayer, music, scripture, preaching, sacraments, offering, and sharing of community joys and concerns. Our worship seeks to be authentic, theological, relevant, global, inclusive, transcendent, and transformational.

Children are encouraged to be a part of worship but are also welcome in our newly renovated nursery. For families who choose to worship together, as you enter the sanctuary worship bags are available that contain activities for children to do in the pews and typically relate to the theme being discussed during the service and during C.E. hour.

We offer worship at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday from Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend. During the summer months we worship at 10:00 a.m. Ushers will provide you with a bulletin outlining the worship liturgy for that day's service. Ushers can also help seat you if needed. Assisted listening devices and special needs seating are available. We invite you to join us for coffee and fellowship after each service in our Ryerson fellowship hall. We'd love to meet you! 

Do you, or someone you know, need a ride to Sunday worship services or special events?

Transportation assistance is available for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service (10:00 a.m. summer worship). If you need a ride, please call the church office at 351-2660, let us know when and where to pick you up, and one of our drivers will contact you and provide a ride to church. At the conclusion of the service, your driver will meet you at the main entrance and provide transportation to your home. Please call during the week so that arrangements can be made.

If you drive to Sunday worship, but find the hill in the parking lot difficult, the weather isn’t cooperative, or you just could use a helping hand, valet service is provided for the 10:30 a.m. worship service (10:00 a.m. summer worship) and special services (Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve). Just drive up to the main entrance (off of Rochester) where you will be greeted, and one of our valet attendants will park your car. After the service, your vehicle will be returned to you at the main entrance. Valet parking begins approximately 25 minutes prior to the service.



Pastor Sam Massey Sept. 14, 2014
Photo by Justin Turner
Congregation during Passing of the Peace
Photo by Saira Steen

Hailey Fay dance
Photo by Saira Steen

Front entrance to First Presbyterian Church


Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church
2701 Rochester Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 351-2660