Hollidaysburg First Presbyterian Church


"Make a joyful noice to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into the Lord's presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. God made us, and we are God's people, and the sheep of God's pasture." Psalm 100:1-3

Our Presbyterian worship services in the Hollidaysburg area began back in 1788! All these years later, Christian worship -- songs and prayers of praise and thanksgiving and supplication; honest acknowledgement of how far we all fall short of God's image; reading and reflecting on God's word in Scripture; dedicating our hearts, minds, strength, time, talents, money to God's ongoing work in the world; going out into the world to love and serve our neighbor as God has loved and served us in Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit -- is at the very core of our church's life, ministry and mission.

We come together to be built up as the body of Christ through worship, fellowship, celebration, study in order to go out to build up our neighbors and even our enemies as instructed Jesus Christ, himself, instructs all his followers.

Beginning for the very first time in the Fall of 2006 and continuing to present, we have had a contemporary worship service in the Chapel. There have been several different bands leading the service recently. The service is from 9am - approximately 9:45am; it is more casual and less liturgical than the traditional service.

The traditional worship service is from 10:15am to 11:15am in the sanctuary, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1869, though Paul rightly reminds us in I Peter 2:6 that Christ is and always will be the chief Cornerstone chosen and precious. There is a Children's Time just before the Special Anthem sung each week by the Choir; the kids also sing special songs that cheer our hearts and lift our spirits from month to month.

In the midst of all our busyness and choices of our lives, we strive to understand and admit how truly difficult it is to worship, humbly acknowledging God's sincere warning from so long ago when it seems there may have also have been things tempting God's people away from worshiping God and God alone: "You shall not make for yourselves idols, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God..." Exodus 20: 4, 5

Thanks be to God for God's unfailing compassion, charity, patience, hope, presence and inspiration.

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