First Presbyterian Church
We are a warm and inviting Christian community where all are welcome. It is the purpose and desire of First Presbyterian Church of South Saint Paul to open our doors to anyone seeking love and acceptance. Inspiring worship experiences and challenging learning opportunities encourage us to serve others as well as to laugh and play together.
The Christian faith is to be lived and not memorized. We allow ourselves the freedom to ask difficult questions about God, about our world and about how we are to live our lives to the fullest. Wherever you are along life’s journey, we will help you find encouragement and support, rest and refreshment, joy and laughter, inspiration and challenge.
World Communion Sunday, October 4
As we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with Christians around the world on this day, we will lift up the global witness we bear to one another, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ everywhere. We mark this special day on the church calendar with a number of special events—join us for it all!
8:45 a.m. We begin the day with an intergenerational Sunday school experience around tables in the Fellowship Hall. All the children’s classes will join together with parents, grandparents, the adult class and any others for this fun celebration called “Peace be to the whole community” based on Ephesians 6:23. Together we’ll practice peace, build community and celebrate the church’s global witness. The hour, led by our special guest Carl Horton, will be an engaging, hands-on and interactive time of being and building the kind of community we’re called to be. Carl Horton leads the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program for the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is a lifelong Presbyterian and has served in installed and transitional pastorates in California, Nebraska and Kentucky. He spent a number of years doing leader development for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and now focuses that work within the denomination’s Peacemaking Program.
10:00 a.m. Our worship celebration features Holy Communion, our drumming ensemble and Festival Choir with “One World” by Linda Kachelmeier, a sermon from our special guest Carl Horton, and the Peace & Global Witness offering.
11:30 a.m. Following worship, join us for a Global Foods potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to get creative (or brave!) and make an international dish from your own heritage or another one. (Or you may bring your family’s favorite brownies or hotdish!) We will enjoy fellowship around the tables and maybe even try a few new foods together.