Worship Sunday, July 24 will be a special prayer service on the eve of the Democratic National Convention here in Philly. It will take place at 7 pm in the evening, rather than at 10 am in the morning as is usual for our summer worship.
An idea of our Conference Minister, the Rev. Bill Worley: to gather to pray on the eve of the opening of the convention. The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference has invited all of our sister UCC churches. Old First has invited other churches and faith communities in the City of Philadelphia. It will be an interfaith service of prayer:
~ for this city as we host the convention,
~ for the guests coming to Philly for the convention,
~ for the working of our political process, and
~ for the nation they are to serve.
~ for the world that seems in such a desperate situation in so many ways these days.
Our Conference Minister, the Rev. Bill Worley, will be the preacher. His sermon, On the Eve of Catastrophe” will be preached on Isaiah 43: and Psalm 146. Worship will be led by Christians, Jews and Muslims. There will be a 23 person choir singing, with 3 guest soloists. We will also have a guest organist joining Holly for accompaniment as well as taking the Prelude and the Postlude. Expect to hear English, Hebrew, Arabic, Zulu and Spanish. You will even sing in some of those laguarges.
Please spread this word! People these days are so in and out of church, and we don’t want people coming at the wrong time (in the morning, when Michael will be here just in case, and to welcome visitors) and perhaps miss the evening service…
Maybe you can think of a few people you haven’t seen for awhile, that you want to catch up with, who you might remind of the evening worship, or if they don’t know about the service you can invite personally.
And it’s an interfaith and non-partisan service about the decisions facing us as a nation. And it’s an easy invite for anyone. (Michael has already invited his Buddhist and Taoist friends!)
Doesn’t our political process and our nation and the world need and deserve as much prayer and as many pray-ers as we can muster?
P.S. There will be nursery care, for children six and under years old.
All relaxed parking on 4th and on Race Street as usually we have on Sunday mornings. For those directions or a parking placard, please go to the section of our website titled “Directions and Parking” under the “Visit” tab.