Weekly Worship Service

First Presbyterian Church
200 S Main Steet
Fairfield, IA 52556

Sunday @ 10:00 am

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    September through May

    From September through May, we meet in our beautiful sanctuary for a more formal service.  Everyone is then encouraged to join us for refreshments downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

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    June through August

    From June through August, we worship downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Refreshments are served before the service, and we enjoy a slightly less formal service with coffee and other treats available throughout worship time.

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    All year

    Our services follow the Liturgy of the Presbyterian Church (USA) including the Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon, Old and New Testament Lessons, Sermon, Receiving the Offering, Prayers for the People and the Lord’s Prayer, and Sending Prayer.

Sermon Notes & Recorded Messages

WHEN JESUS INTERRUPTS

(Acts 10:44-48) This is the last Sunday in our series “Belong, Believe, Become” – which is the opposite order in which outsiders have been traditionally incorporated into the community of faith.  Typically we require people to believe and become (or behave) like us, and then they can belong; they become members and join in the…

FOLLOW THE VERBS

(Acts 8:26-40) In today’s reading from Acts, we meet a couple of great characters, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.  This is the third time Philip has made an appearance in the book of Acts.  He was one of the Hellenist followers of Jesus in Acts 6, chosen to take over the distribution of food from…

WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL

(Psalm 23) Medical diagnoses and prescriptions tell us that on any given day, about 25 percent of us are struggling with situational, seasonal, or chronic depression.  Twenty-five percent.  And that is pre-pandemic.  Evidence seems to indicate that there will be a significant jump in those numbers from 2020 through the next few years.  And, of…

EATING WITH GHOSTS

(Luke 24:36b-48) Here are the disciples, gathered together in a home in Jerusalem, trying to make sense of their world, which has been turned upside down.  Jesus, their dear friend, Lord, and leader has been tried, publicly mocked, and brutally crucified.  Because of their cowardice, they have watched Him die from a distance and now…

IN DEFENSE OF DOUBT

(John 20:19-31) I ended last week’s message with the confession that I do not fully understand the resurrection and I never will.  Jesus’ resurrection from the dead defies all reason.  No matter how hard we try, there is no logical explanation for what happened on that first Easter morning.  I also boldly pronounced that you…

THE OTHER WAY AROUND

(John 20:1-18) This morning I want to ask you this: do you recall, do you remember the moment when you chose to be part of this church, First Presbyterian in Fairfield?  Do you remember?  I wonder what compelled you to chose this church – why did it seem like the right place for you and…

We use traditional hymns throughout the service.  Our sanctuary houses a fantastic pipe organ, and we have a talented organist who adds Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude pieces to the worships service.  When we meet in Fellowship Hall, she uses the piano for all music.  Occasionally during the fall, winter and spring months, special music selections are added, and during the summer months, we enjoy a variety of special music.

At any time of year, we welcome all worshipers to come comfortably dressed, with most members choosing “business casual” attire.  However, clothes do not matter to us – the people wearing them do!