The Return - National day of fasting and prayer for repentance.

Posted on by Ann Rowan

First Presbyterian Church is uniting with true believers from all over America and the world to take time for a solemn assembly... that is, a time to repent, and seek God's face and to implore His mercies upon our sin-laden land. You may learn more by connecting at The Return.  Please find the downloadable prayer guide below.

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Cathedral District - Downtown Churches Serving Christ and the Jacksonville Community

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First Presbyterian Church is part of the "Cathedral District" in downtown Jacksonville, FL. We collaborate to represent Christ and to service our community and beyond. The following is an article by Rev. Dr. M. Scott Luckey for the Resident Newspaper on the topic of "Peace."

By Rev. Michael "Scott" Luckey: PEACE- There is a famous painting of a stormy sea, dark clouds, large waves and fierce lightning. In the middle of the scene is a large rock with waves crashing against it, and in the middle of the rock is a small cleft. A closer look inside the cleft reveals a grassy patch surrounded by beautiful flowers. And there in the middle of the flowers, amid the violent storm, is a dove sitting calmly on her nest! Most people long for the peace represented by that dove. But peace seems elusive in a world that is anything but serene, especially in this Covid-19 season. Jesus once said to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Let us learn from the dove in the painting, sitting calmly on her nest as the storm raged. Better yet, let us learn from Jesus and receive His peace. Because of His atoning death on the cross for sinners, we can experience peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). We can also experience abiding peace in an unsettled world as we keep our minds fixed on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3). Amid the storms of life, may His peace be yours. Shalom!

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Corporate Worship with Safety Protocol for Sunday services, and Order of Worship

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First Presbyterian Church has opened for corporate worship, and will be maintaining Covid-safety protocol for the Sunday services. FPC will continue to broadcast the  livestream services.  You may connect at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning at this  FaceBook link:   www.facebook.com/fpc.pres.5 to watch on your computer or mobile device. Or you may listen to the live broadcast on Blogtalkradio by clicking here: www.blogtalkradio.com/JacksonvilleFLChurch.  The broadcast can also be heard live by calling in at 10:30 at 516-418-5703.  Please see the link to download the Order of Worship for this week under the sermon photo (below).

SANCTUARY PROTOCOL 

The leadership of First Presbyterian Church is aware that not everyone may be ready to return to the sanctuary at this time for public worship. Persons whose health is compromised should avoid returning.  For those who desire to participate in person, we are asking that you observe the following protocol: 

  1. Please bring a mask with you to worship. We will also have masks (and gloves) available for those who need them. 
  2. The East Monroe Street red doors will be opened at 10:00. The church openers and closers will be on site. Barbara Albertini will also be on the premises with the First Impressions team to help monitor. 
  3. There will be spaced seating. Sticky dots will be placed on pews showing folks where to sit, and every other pew will be roped or taped off. Families may sit together. An usher or some such person will direct folks where to seat. 
  4. There will be no passing of the peace, greeting via handshakes, hugging, and such. 
  5. There will back-up paper bulletins of the order of worship, but the order of worship will be projected on the screen. There will be no use of hymnals and pew Bibles. 
  6. Offering plates will not be passed. The plates will be on the table near the sanctuary entrance for folks to leave their tithes and offerings upon leaving. Brenda Baker will supervise this area and make sure the plates are not left unattended.
  7. Spacing will be maintained during dismissal. Directions will be given from the pulpit following the benediction. Parishioners will be directed not to bunch up when leaving the sanctuary. 
  8. There will be no children’s sermon. 
  9. Covenant Hall and the Williams Building will be off limits (with the exception of bathrooms, which will be marked with signage). 
  10. There will be no nursery, no Sunday School, or any other public activities on the church premises for the time being. 
  11. There will be no coffee and refreshments following the worship service. 
  12. Hand sanitizers will be in abundance in the sanctuary. 
  13. Live streaming of services will continue. 
  14. Our janitorial service will continue to maintain thorough cleaning of the sanctuary between weekly services. 
  15. Remember to stay safe, fear not, and be of good cheer! (John 16:33)

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