Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8 is always special in church. In some congregations, attendance swells to the size of an Easter crowd. We will mark Mother’s Day at Old First with our children giving out flowers to their mothers and those who have been like mothers to them. Surprise your mom, and show up in church, sit down right beside her, and then take her to a nice Mother’s Day Brunch afterwards.
Pentecost, Sunday, May 15 is when we remember how, the risen Christ have ascended to heaven to be with the Father, the Holy Spirit descended to be God’s presence with us. It was an miraculous, promising occasion of God’s power and peace, reassurance that God is with us all along our journey. We have something special planned that promises to give you a feeling of the movement of rising with the spirit and being reassured of God’s power available to us and God’s peace going with us and moving through us. In preparation for this service, please think of some specific situation or place where you would like to pray for God’s peace.
Ecumenical Worship on the Eve of the Democratic Convention, Sunday, July 24 at 7 pm: The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference/ UCC has asked us to host an ecumenical service on the eve of the opening of the Democratic Convention here in Philly. It will be a time of prayer, as people from other UCC congregations in the Conference, from other churches in Philly and for visitors in town for the Convention to gather and ask God’s help with important decisions in the political process of our country. May we ask God that justice and those with the greatest needs and the least power somehow by grace find a transformative place in the agenda, proceedings and outcomes. Michael and Rev. Worley, our Conference Minister, have yet to meet to plan the worship. Our invitation to President Obama to preach has, unfortunately been turned down, but we promise a worship service worthy of the occasion. If you wish to help out with this service, please speak with Michael.