Worship and Music Ministries

Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion

The Sacrament of Baptism is the sign and seal of inclusion in God's grace and covenant with the Church, and is the foundational recognition of Christian commitment. Baptism, both infant and adult, is celebrated in a service of public worship and is administered by an ordained minister. Through infant baptism, parents affirm their commitment to raise their children in a Christian home and provide for their spiritual needs. The congregation also pledges to assist in nurturing the children. The Sacrament of Baptism may be scheduled for administration during the morning worship service the second, third, fourth or fifth Sundays of the month.

Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is the sign and seal of communion with the crucified and risen Lord and of God's saving grace. It is a time for thanksgiving, remembering, invocation and reconciliation, a time for participants to commit afresh to love and serve God, each other, and our neighbors in the world. All who are baptised are welcome to participate. Corporate communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month and on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.

Please e-mail the church office or dial Extension 102 to schedule the administration of the Sacrament of Baptism or request the administration of the Scrament of Holy Communion for a homebound member of our worshiping community.

Christian Weddings and Memorial and Funeral Services

A Christian marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. The wedding is publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith. For a wedding at First Presbyterian, please consult A Guide to Christian Marriages and e-mail the church office or dial Extension 108.

First Presbyterian Church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit and the community of faith. Because it is difficult under emotional stress to plan wisely, members should discuss and plan in advance arrangements necessary at the time of death. For information on memorial and funeral services, please consult A Guide to Memorial and Funeral Services and e-mail the church office or dial Extension 105.

In addition, Presbyterian Women offer a variety of Bereavement Hospitality Services to members of First Presbyterian Church.

The Columbarium and Garden, located outside the Sanctuary on the west end, was dedicated January 1989. For information about inurnment at First Presbyterian Church, please e-mail the church office or dial Extension 101.

Kirkin o' the Tartan 2014

Photographs by David Pegram
The mission of the Children's Choir program is to train children to be worship leaders, ministering to God's church and community. The program seeks to guide children in the limitless beauty experienced through God's gift of music. The 2014-2015 Children's Choir Handbook includes a complete philosophy, rehearsal and worship leadership schedule.

The Carol (Grades 1-2), Cherub (Ages 4-5), and Piper (Grades 3-5) Choirs are administered by the Worship and Music Ministry according to the Wednesday LOGOS Ministry schedule. The Children's Choir program is staffed by two capable volunteers and the Music Associate for Children and coordinated by the Director of Music Ministries and Organist.

All elementary aged participants in the LOGOS Ministry are assigned to the Carol, Cherub or Piper Choirs based on school grade assignments (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindertarten, Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5).

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is comprised of volunteer adults augmented by four professional section leaders. The choir leads music at Sunday worship services, September through Pentecost, and other additional Advent, Christmastide, Lenten and Easter services. The Sanctuary choir often performs with guest instrumentalists and string or brass ensembles. Consult the Sanctuary Choir Handbook for policies and schedule. Contact the Director of Music Ministries and Organist to volunteer to sing in the Sanctuary Choir!

Sanctuary Ringers

Sanctuary Ringers, a handbell ensemble comprised of youth and adults, performs from Advent through Pentecost on a five-octave set of Malmark Handbells and Handchimes. The ensemble rehearses Sundays immediately following the 10:30a.m. worship service. Sanctuary Ringers is open without audition upon consultation with the Music Associate for Handbells. Consult the Sanctuary Ringers Handbook for policies and schedule. Contact the Director of Music Ministries and Organist to volunteer to ring in the Sanctuary Ringers!

The handbell and handchime collection includes instruments by Malmark and White Chapel. The complete Malmark collection underwent complete restoration by Malmark Bell Crafsmen over the course of summer 2012.

Sanctuary Casavant and Chapel Allen-Schlicker Pipe Organs

View the Casavant Organ specifications.

Casavant Organ Restoration 

Our beautiful Casavant Organ, which was built in 1961, has been completely restored. During the restoration process, more than 3,000 pipes were removed and cleaned, more than 6,000 keying pneumatic mechanisms were releathered, expression shutters retrofitted with solid-state swell engines, and the console control system was updated with the most sophisticated technology. The organ was a gift of the late Mary Sexton Smyre & Elmer Templeton.