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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Worship Celebration – January 8, 2017

First Church Palo AltoThe very talented Diane Pratt Keller presented a Postludium following the service this Sunday on our magnificent Merritt Speidel Organ.

Worship Celebration – January 1, 2017

First Church Palo AltoWelcome to a New Year!

First Church Palo AltoWe gathered to worship, reflecting on the year just past and praying for what lies ahead of us.

First Church Palo AltoDiane shared her weekly reflection on the scripture.

First Church Palo AltoAnd Pastor Beth preached all about time, both the physics and theology of it. Ultimately we all rest in the embrace of God's time.

Christmas Eve 2016

First Church Palo AltoChristmas Eve was a night of celebration through song and story at both the 5 pm Family Service and 8 pm Lessons and Carols. Here, Pastor Linda welcomed us all on the most holy of nights.

First Church Palo AltoWe lit all five of the Advent Candles symbolizing both our wait for the coming of Christ's birth as well as the coming of God's light into the world.

First Church Palo AltoAfter sitting on the chancel steps to hear a Christmas story, the youth helped all of the kids in putting on an impromptu Christmas Pageant. We had sheep, and wise men, and LOTS of little angels in wings and tinsel halos. It was great fun.

First Church Palo AltoAfterwards we gathered on the patio around a warm fire to share Christmas cookies and hot cocoa.

Worship Celebration – December 18, 2016

First Church Palo AltoOur worship today was a celebration of glorious music.

First Church Palo AltoThe Chancel Choir, guest singers, and chamber orchestra filled the chancel area and front of the church for our Christmas Cantata. This year they performed The Winter Rose by Joseph M. Martin.

First Church Palo AltoIn addition to choral and orchestral parts, the cantata was punctuated by spoken word as well. It was glorious!

A Service of Prayer and Healing for our Country – November 10, 2016

We are each dealing with the results of the election: there are some who are giddy with joy and some who are in sorrow. This election has been unlike anything we have ever seen. The lack of civility and the lack of even attempting to listen to or understand another's point of view are difficult to watch. We will hold a service of prayer and healing for our country at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. This will be an informal service and everyone who wants to will have a chance to speak. This is a time for each of us to use our voice and a chance for each of us to listen to how others are feeling. With this service we take the first steps to create a politics of compassion where all people are treated with dignity, all people are honored, all people are welcomed at the table, and all people have an opportunity to be included. Everyone is welcome. It is important to feel the support of this church no matter what your feelings are about the outcome of this election. You are safe, and you are welcome here.

Click here to read a message from Bishop Minerva Carcano: A Post Election Message

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Recent Sermons
January 8 - A Camel on the Roof - Rev. Linda Holbrook

January 1 - Now is the Time - Pastor Beth Cademartori

December 25 - Give it up for Jesus - Rev. Linda Holbrook