Sermons at First Pres

Post-Easter through end of May

The coming weeks of Sunday morning worship contain a series of special, stand-alone services. On May 14 we celebrate University Sunday and will celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives in the University students that are part of our community of faith. May 21 will be our first annual MAD Sunday (Music, Art, and Drama): at one service at 11 am we will reflect on the goodness and beauty of God through spoken word, choral pieces, praise music, visual art, floral art, and more. On May 28, there will be one service at 11 am on prophetic lament in correlation with worship at Mount Hermon at the All Church Conference.

After Memorial Day weekend, we kick-off a five-week sermon series, "A Reforming Life of Faith” on Pentecost Sunday, June 4 with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Mark Labberton.

A special note during our Interim season: One of our highest priorities is to serve our congregation with worship services that are glorifying to God—resonant, instructive, and inspirational. Preaching will primarily be by First Pres pastors and staff, other servants of the Word who are members of First Pres, as well as some outside speakers. Our Bridge Pastor has preaching responsibilities, as will the Interim Senior Pastor when he/she joins us. Please pray for our services each week, that God's glory will be sought and the grace of Christ will be experienced. In addition, pray for our planning, preparation of messages, and for all to have ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to each of us personally and as a church congregation. Thank you for your encouragement and your commitment to be here on Sunday mornings.

We invite you to follow along with the current sermon series by reading the scripture texts before or after each Sunday. Sermons are archived in our Audio Library, and you can also listen to or download the podcast for each week's complete services (available through the following week). 

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Date Sermon Title/Passage
April 23
Rev. Dr. Earl Palmer
Good News That Lasts
Psalm 46:1–11; Romans 1:11–17
April 30
Rev. Mark Stryker
The Gifts of Ministry: Unity of Faith
Ephesians 4:1–10
May 7
Rev. Tom Elson
The Gifts of Ministry: Gifts Differing
Ephesians 4:11–16
May 14
University Sunday
Ryan Pemberton
Whose Voice? Which to Follow?
John 10:27–28
May 21
MAD Sunday (Music, Art, and Drama)
Mary Lins
Add to the Beauty
Exodus 25:109, Romans 12:1 (The Message)
May 28
All Church Conference Weekend
Rev. Lindsey Reed
Prophetic Lament