Old First United Church of Christ

Whose Promise Is This, Anyhow?

Whose Promise Is This, Anyhow?

The story of Jacob in Genesis is totally inspiring.  It is also totally bewildering.  Let me explain.  Jacob’s grandparents, Abraham and Sarah, received a profound promise from God.  To further God’s plan God was going to make a great nation out of their descendants, was going to give...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

An installation crew from Audiobahn has been here all week, installing speakers, wires and equipment to greatly improve the sound system throughout the sanctuary.  We now have the ability to play cd’s and digital music, and with speakers installed in the social hall, you can hear...

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Two Service Camps Arriving, 07.23

Two Service Camps Arriving, 07.23

There will be 2 groups arriving on Sunday the 23rd for a week of service to people living in poverty in Philadelphia.  Bridgewater Congregational Church and the Congregational Church of Deep River,  both from Connecticut, will be staying with us for the week. Between the 2 groups...

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Sabbath

Sabbath

While Pastor Michael is on sabbatical, our weekly E-pistle will be written by different individuals.  This week’s E-pistle is by congregation member Mimi Copp-Johnson.  She is leader of the Congregational Life Standing Leadership Group… I have this memory from when I was a child that...

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Tours of Old First

Tours of Old First

In his retirement, Mark S., a long time member of Old First, will be giving tours of our historic sanctuary starting on Wednesday the 26th.  He had previously given tours at Independence Hall and Congress Hall.  You’ll see him in the lower narthex on Wednesdays and Fridays from...

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Getting Ready for Sunday, 07.23

Getting Ready for Sunday, 07.23

Genesis 28:10-19a Matthew 13:24-30 In this passage from Genesis, God’s address to Jacob contains one unconditional promise after the other. In this grace-filled encounter, we see how God can transform an ordinary stone and an ordinary place and an ordinary man into something...

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The Promise in the Seed

The Promise in the Seed

Those of you who have been able to be in the services on Sunday may have noticed a particularly sunny tone in the sermons.  Last Sunday one of the scriptures suggested by the lectionary was from Song of Songs. It’s pretty hard not to feel the sun shining through a delicious love song. ...

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Someone Stole the TV

Someone Stole the TV

Why would we post a photo of a blank wall with holes in it? Because that’s the wall in our Social Hall where the Sony Bravia, 46 inch LED HDTV television used to hang. About 7:30 Thursday morning, 2 men walked in and told a member of the Church of the Savior Service Camp that

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Old First Art Sale

Old First Art Sale

Would you like a piece of Old First in your home?  A recent work camp helped us by cleaning out some closets.  We found several old, framed prints and we have some architects drawings of proposed renovations. It seems like a shame to throw them away, but we have no place to store them...

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