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

WHAT MATTERS MOST

(Mark 8:31-38) This week we continue our Lenten series on the Power of Sacrifice as we look at a statement from Jesus that comes at a turning point in His interaction with the disciples.  I’ve often said that the Gospel of Mark is like the Reader’s Digest condensed version of a Gospel.  Here in the…

EXPAND YOUR MIND

(Mark 1:9-15) At the start of Lent, a season that calls us to the very heart of the Christian story, it makes sense that we begin with the cornerstone of what it means to be a disciple of Christ: the gospel.  While many have articulated versions of the gospel that include ideas about substitutionary atonement…

NO GUTS, NO GLORY

(2 Corinthians 4:3-6) February is Black History Month, so it’s appropriate to look at a film that tells an important story – one that not only connects with the African-American experience in the United States, but also helps us understand an important theme in today’s epistle text from 2 Corinthians. In 1989, Matthew Broderick, Morgan…

THE CURE FOR NEWS FATIGUE

(Isaiah 40:21-31) Feeling a little burned out on bad news? You’re not alone. The year 2020 seemed to be a month-to-month challenge to top bad news with worse news, dominated by the coronavirus pandemic.  Add to that a contentious election cycle, protests and unrest over social issues, wildfires in Australia and California, and a host…

REAL PEOPLE, NOT ACTORS

(Psalm 111) Let’s say you’re watching Guy’s Grocery Games or Judge Judy or whatever it is you watch on TV and an annoying commercial pops up for mouthwash.  The ad shows a woman leaning to pet her dog, the dog whines and backs away and then the camera zooms in for a close-up of her…

GOOD DISCIPLES LEAVE

(Mark 1:14-20) At a hospital in Galveston, Texas, a Filipino nurse named Rosalie was working the night shift.  One of her patients was a 92-year-old engineer with a broken arm.  Another was an 82-year-old man with renal disease.  The third patient was only 52, but diabetes had caused him to lose his left foot. The…

We use traditional hymns throughout the service.  Our choir sings on the first and third Sundays, sharing both traditional and contemporary selections.  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!