This Sunday we are hosting an Interfaith Prayer Service on the Eve of the Opening of the DNC. We will be having the evening service at 7 pm instead of our normal morning service. (Though Michael will be at church in the morning to welcome anyone, especially guests who might show up not knowing.)
The service is shaping up to be beautiful — with folks from different faiths helping lead worship. We have a choir of 25, 3 guest soloists. And a visiting organist.
It will be the first time our Conference Minister, the Rev. Bill Worley will preach at Old First. His sermon title is “On the Eve of Catastrophe.” The sermon will be preached on Isaiah 43: 16-21 and Psalm 146.
And expect to hear English, Arabic, Hebrew, Zulu, Spanish (and even sing in a few of those too.)
I have a few favors to ask vis a vis this service:
1) Spread the word:
a.) Make sure Old Firsters all know (particularly someone you haven’t seen around lately or who is less than a regular).
b.) Invite a friend, even of a different faith: our city, nation and world can use all the unity and prayers they can get these
2) As we expect guests (and it’s summer), this service is more than a single Hospitality Team can handle. I am simply asking the whole Old First congregation to become a Hospitaltiy Team. There will be fellowship after the worship in the lower Narthex and in the front courtyard. We will need greeters at the door. And if you see a new face, welcome them to Old First and ask if they need any help.
a.) Could you bring something simple, a food dish to share, on the fellowship table.
b.) If you have time before or after, there will be set up and clean up to be done. The work will be lighter if there are
more to help out.
3.) There will be relaxed parking on 4th and Race as normal. Since St. Augustine’s and St. George’s won’t be worshiping at that time, parking should be available on 4th in the block north of Race as well at this time. We are waiting to hear if we can have parking in the Arch Street Meeting lot: if we hear back from them, I will let you know.
You might also help out our parking scarcity by coming to church via foot, bike or public transportation this Sunday…
4.) We expect to have nursery coverage for people with young children. Also, if there are a lot of kids in worship, Michael will come up with “A Time for the Children” so that there is something special for them.
See you in church at 7 pm on Sunday,
P.S. We have relaxed parking for that evening. (You may also park north of Race St. as St. Augustine’s and St. George’s will not be having services at that time. We have no spaces at Arch Stree Meeting House this Sunday. And there is something big happening over on the mall. You might leave extra time for finding parking this week…