We are a Community of Worship…

“For My house will be called a house of prayer for all people.”
- Isaiah 56:7

SUNDAY WORSHIP

We are a congregation of faith, promoting social justice, peacemaking, and God’s love for all.  Our worship is faithful to the Reformed tradition, centering on engaging and thoughtful preaching and an inspirational music program of exceptional quality.

Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, first Sunday of the month


Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture reading will be Luke 2:1-20. Join us for a special Christmas pageant, "Twas the Night Before Christmas (With a Twist)" to be performed by the multiage children's group which is directed by Rebecca Hoch and Deborah McCrimmon, Director of Christian Arts and Education.

Congregational hymns for Sunday, include "Creator of the Stars of Night" (CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM), "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (VENI EMMANUEL), "Go Tell it on the Mountain" (GO TELL IT) and "The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came" (GABRIEL’S MESSAGE).

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 - Service & Music

Scripture readings will be Malachi 3:1-4 and Luke 3:1-6.  Rev. Robert Hoch's sermon is entitled, "A Desert Message."

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir will present "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" by Gustav Holst and sung by Marianne Shick, mezzo soprano and John McLucas, baritone. Congregational hymns include: "Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice"  (ABERYSTWYTH), "Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers" (LLANGLOFFAN) and "Creator of the Stars of Night."

New Session Members will be ordained and installed during the service. 

Join us for the Mini Alternative Christmas Market if you missed the event last week. Fill out your form, visit the table to pick up your card and inserts, pay for the donations, and join us for a fellowship provided by Rev. Jack Hodges. 

Have you volunteered yet this year? We could really use your support a few times a year to fill out the schedules!


Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings will be Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36. The Rev. Robert Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Flipping Switches."

The Sanctuary Choir
This Sunday at First & Franklin, we will enter into Advent with guest pianist Mark Markham, who will offer J.S.Bach’s "Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme" (“Sleeper’s Wake! A Voice Astounds Us”) as the Prelude to worship. The Sanctuary Choir will present Andre Thomas’ stirring arrangement of the spiritual, "Keep Your Lamps," with guest percussionist Mark DeMull. The full congregation will sing treasured hymns for Advent, including "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus", "Sleepers Wake! A Voice Astounds Us", and "Creator of the Stars of Night".


Sunday, November 25, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings will be Revelations 1:4b-8 and John 18:33-38. Guest preacher, Rev. Susan Haugh's sermon is entitled, "Jesus Before Pilate."

The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" by Paul Manz and "Once to Every Man and Nation" by David Stanley York. Congregational hymns include "At the Name of Jesus" (KING’S WESTON), "O God, We Bear the Imprint of Your Face" (SONG 1) and "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" (ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR).


Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings will be Hebrews 10:11-25 and Mark 13:1-8. Guest preacher, Dr. Brent Laytham's sermon is entitled, "Unceasing Provocation."

The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "Behold, the Tabernacle of God" by William Harris and "We Give Thee But Thine Own" by Fred Gramann, featuring Meredith Piplani, soprano. Congregational hymns include "When in Our Music God is Glorified" (ENGELBERG), "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" (FAITHFULNESS) and "Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples" (KINGSFOLD).


Sunday, November 11, 2018 - service & music

Scripture readings: Psalm 127:1-5 and Mark 12:38-44.  Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "All She Had to Live On."

The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "Surely, the Lord is in this Place" by Norman Coke-Jephcott and "O How Amiable" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Congregational hymns include "God Is Here!" (ABBOT’S LEIGH), "O Jesus, I have Promised" (ANGEL’S STORY) and "Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise" (ELLERS).

HELP WANTED FOR MULTIAGE PLAY

Please join us as we celebrate the birthday of Christ via a short, almost rehearsal free play. The script will be shared on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Backus House after church. Please join us one and all! On December 16, 2018, the play will be presented with special music.


Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 - All Saints’ Day service & music

Scripture readings: Psalm 56 and John 11:32-44 ; Sermon: "A Prayer in Purple."

Please take a ribbon as you enter the church.

Communion Sunday! Always the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome at this table.

The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, Chorus (from St. Paul) by Felix Mendelssohn, Sing Me to Heaven by Daniel Gawthrop. Congregational hymns include Give Praise to the Lord (LAUDATE DOMINUM), For All the Saints (SINE NOMINE) and I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry (an African-American Spiritual, arr. Richard Smallwood).

We will be reading the names of all those murdered in Baltimore thus far in 2018. Then we will hang a ribbon for each victim out on Park Ave. Please join us and then return to Reid Chapel for the Opening Reception of Dorothy Masom's encaustic paintings. 


Sunday, October 28, 2018 - service & music

Our Scripture readings will be Mark 10:46-52 and Hebrews 7:23-28.  Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "Term Limits."

The Choir will sing two anthems, "I Sought the Lord" and "Bless the Lord, O My Soul." The congregational hymns include "God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand," "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me," and "Lord Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing."

Please submit the names of those who have died this past year to be included in our All Saints Day service on Nov. 4. Please send the names to the church office by October 31st.


Sunday, October 21, 2018 - service & music

Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings will be Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 35c and Hebrews 5:1-10. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "Measure Twice, Cut Once."
The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "Behold Now, Bless the Lord" by Alfred V. Fedak and "Let This Mind Be in You" by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. Congregational hymns include "Crown Him with Many Crowns" (DIADEMATA), "God of Our Life" (SANDON) and "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!" (HYFRYDOL).


Sunday, October 14, 2018 - service & music

Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings will be Psalm 22:1-15 and Hebrews 4:12-16. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "Coming Home."
The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts" by Henry Purcell and "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" by Eric Thiman. Congregational hymns include "Christ is Alive! "(TRURO), "On a Barren Hilltop" (COME BOLDLY) and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" (RANDOLPH). 


Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Service & Music

Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings will be Hebrews 1:1-4 and Hebrews 2:5-18. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "God Talk."

The Sanctuary Choir will sing two anthems, "Beautiful Savior" by F. Melius Christiansen, featuring Lisa McNulty, mezzo soprano and "Rejoice, the Lord is King” by Malcolm Archer. During communion, baritone John McLucas will sing "Let Us Break Bread Together", an African-American spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan. Congregational hymns include "O God, We Bear the Imprint of Your Face" (SONG 1), "Let All Things Now Living" (ASH GROVE) and "For the Bread Which You Have Broken"(KINGDOM).


Please join us for Brunch for Baby Costa in Reid Chapel following service in lieu of our regular Fellowship. Crepes, quiche, goodies, cake-- why wouldn't you come? We did say cake, right? See the post on this page and let us know if you can join in the celebration for our newest member.


Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 - Service & Music

Join us for Sunday service. Our Scripture reading is James 5:1-20. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "Peacemaking in the Parking Lot."

The Prelude to worship will be Prière à Notre-Dame (from Suite Gothique) by Leon Boëllmann.

The Sanctuary Choir will offer the anthems "Summer Ended" by Charles Wood and "Let All the World" by Robert Baker.  Congregational hymns include "Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit", "Sing Praise to God" and "Who Reigns Above."



Sunday, September 23, 2018 - Service & Music

Join us at 10:30 AM. Our Scripture readings are James 4:1-17. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "21201-4693."

The Prelude to worship will feature pianist Gwendoline Hoch playing Peter Maxwell Davies’ reflective composition, "Farewell to Stromness." The Sanctuary Choir will offer the anthems "My Jesus, Stay Thou By Me" by Alec Rowley, and a stirring arrangement of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" by Arnold Sevier. Congregational hymns include "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past" "Near to the Heart of God", and "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less."

NEW MEMBER Class followng service in Backus House - a light lunch will be provided.



Sunday, September 16, 2018 -Service & Music

HOMECOMING SUNDAY! Our scripture is James 3:1-18 and the sermon is "In a 1,000,000 words or less."

The FFPC Sanctuary Choir returns to worship this Sunday. At the conclusion of the Prelude, the choir will lead the congregation in a traditional African song of greeting, "Beat the Drums of Welcome." The anthems, selected to help illuminate the scripture passages from James, are "God Be in My Head" by John Rutter, and "Speak to One Another of Psalms" by Jean Berger. Congregational hymns include "The Church’s One Foundation" (AURELIA) and "O Day of Peace" (JERUSALEM).


Children's Education and Adult Forum resume this week, too! Following the service, please join us for a Homecoming BBQ luncheon in Reid Chapel to catch up and welcome everyone back from our busy summer! We will present Chuong with a gift for his service to our community.


Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Service & Music

10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings are James 2:1-13. Pastor Rob's sermon is entitled, "Inconvenient People."

This Sunday, a quartet from the First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir will offer two anthems, "If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" by Thomas Tallis, and "This is the Day" by Thomas Morley.

 

Join us in Reid Chapel for Fellowship and to view the new Art Under the Spire opening of Chuong Lam's artwork. Be there to thank him for his many years of service to the church!


Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Service & Music

Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings are James 1:19-27. Our guest preacher, Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco's sermon is entitled, "A Story About People."

This Sunday, we welcome Kenneth Osowski, guest pianist. Join in with us as we sing, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"  (NETTLETON), "The Church of Christ in Every Age" (WAREHAM) and "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (HYFRYDOL).


Sunday, August 26, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings are Micah 6:6-8 and Romans 12:1-8.  Our guest preacher, Rev. David Harris' sermon is entitled, "Transformation."

Our soloist, Meredith Piplani, a soprano and current member of the choir at First & Franklin, will sing "Aria" (from Messiah) by George Frideric Handel and "The Lord's Prayer" by Albert Hay Malotte. 

Rev. Jack Hodges will be our liturgist and Laurel Oldach will be one of our ushers.


Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Service & Music

Service begins at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings are Psalm 111 and 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 3:3-14.  Our guest preacher, Rev. Dorothy (Dottie) LaPenta's sermon is entitled, "But theTruth Is..."

Kathie Metz will joins us as organist for Sunday’s service. Ms. Metz led a distinguished program as Minister of Music & Organist at Towson United Methodist Church - one that included graded vocal and handbell choirs for children through adults.

Our soloist, Julie Bosworth, a former member of the choir at First & Franklin, will return this Sunday to sing "Komm, Komm, Mein Herze Steht Dir Offen," (Come, Come, My Heart Lies Open for You), by J.S. Bach. Ms. Bosworth as been a featured soloist with the American Bach Soloists, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Mountainside Baroque, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Please complete the Church Survey that was mailed last week. If you did not get one yet, please contact the church office. 


Sunday, August 12, 2018 - Service & Music

Service begins at 10:30 A.M. Our Scripture readings are Psalm 34:1-8 and John 6:35, 41-51. Our guest preacher, Rev. Jack Carlson's sermon is entitled, Bold Claims.

Kathie Metz will serve as organist for Sunday’s service. Ms. Metz led a distinguished program as Minister of Music & Organist at Towson United Methodist Church - one that included graded vocal and handbell choirs for children through adults. Saran Oseitutu, a former choral intern at First & Franklin, will return this Sunday to sing "Prayer," by Leslie Adams. Ms. Oseitutu is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts, and currently an undergraduate student in voice at Indiana University in Bloomington.

We are continuing to collect supplies for our friends in Cuba - please see the listing in the Weekly notes or bulletin.

Please complete the Church Survey that was mailed this week. If you did not get one yet, please contact the church office. Return the survey by August 19th.


Sunday, August 5, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings are Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and John 6:24-35.  Our guest preacher, Rev. Rhonda Cooper's sermon is entitled, "Bread for the Body, Bread for the Soul."

Organ music and congregational hymns will center on Jesus as the Bread of Life. The Prelude to worship will feature "The Celestial Banquet" by Olivier Messiaen, a landmark composer of the twentieth century. The Opening Hymn will be "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" (Cwm Rhondda); Paul Manz’s lively interpretation of that hymn tune will serve as the organ postlude.


Sunday, July 29, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings are Mark 15:42-16:8. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Who Will Roll Away the Stone?"

This Sunday will conclude our 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will also be welcoming Ericka Alston Buck as our new Media and Communications Specialist during worship.

First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir baritone, John McLucas, will sing "Easter" (from Five Mystical Songs) by Ralph Vaughan Williams along with "Simple Gifts" (from Old American Songs) by Aaron Copland. Dr. Jason Kissel, First & Franklin’s Minister of Music will be the organist & pianist for the service.


Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Service & Music

The lessons this week were from Mark 15: 21-41. The sermon was "And There Were Also Women."

First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir mezzo soprano, Marianne Shick, will offer Moses Hogan’s soulful arrangement of "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands", along with a setting of the beloved gospel hymn, "His Eye is On the Sparrow". Dr. Jason Kissel, First & Franklin’s Minister of Music will be the organist & pianist for the service.


Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Service & Music

The readings this week are from Mark 14: 51-72. The sermon was "Plausible Deniability."

The anthems were offered today by Nancy and John Dudley. "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" and "Ecce quam bonum" (sung in Latin.)


Sunday, July 8, 2018 - Service & Music

The lessons this week: Mark 14: 1-11; Rev. Hoch's sermon is entitles, "Anointed."

The service this week included the ordination and installation of ruling elders, Jim Schroll (installation) and Scot Spencer (ordination & installation.)

Music selections included "There is a Balm in Gilead," and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."


Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings are Mark 12:38-40 and Mark 12:41-44. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "No Sitting Allowed."

This Sunday we will continue with the 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir soprano, Meredith Piplani, will sing Mozart’s "Laudate Dominum" (from Solemn Vespers) and Mendelssohn’s "I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies, O Lord" (from St. Paul).


Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture readings are Mark 10:13-16 and Mark 10:17-31. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Taking Children."

This Sunday we will continue with the 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

Choir member Marianne Shick, will sing the spiritual, "Give Me Jesus," arranged by Moses Hogan, and at the Offertory will present Vivaldi’s "Domine deus" (from Gloria) with organist Jason Kissel.


Sunday, June 17, 2018 - Service & Music

Our Scripture reading is Mark 8:22-26. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "A Second Touch of Grace."

This Sunday we will continue with the 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

After worship we will be packing Brown Bags in Reid Chapel so bring your donations and contribute to the project. Also, stop by the Book Sale being run by the Children's Sunday School. Donations of saleable books continues all summer so let's help refresh their tables every week!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Service and Music

Our Scripture readings this week are Psalm 146 and Mark 7:24-30. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Because of What She Said."

This Sunday we will continue with the 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

This Sunday, we welcome Ms. Kathie Metz back to First & Franklin as guest organist. Kathie served for many years as the full time Director of Music & Organist at Towson United Methodist Church, where she led a dynamic program of graded vocal and handbell choirs for children through adults. John McLucas, baritone and will sing “Come Thou and Dwell with Us” and "Come, Thou Dear Redeemer" by César Franck.

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Sunday, June 03 2018

Our Scripture readings are Psalm 23 and Mark 6:30-44. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "A Lonely Place."

This Sunday we will continue with the marks 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

This Sunday, we welcome Ms. Kathie Metz back to First & Franklin as guest organist. Kathie served for many years as the full time Director of Music & Organist at Towson United Methodist Church, where she led a dynamic program of graded vocal and handbell choirs for children through adults. Meredith Piplani, soprano and Sandra Smith, alto will sing “He Shall Feed His Flock” from Messiah. John McLucas will also teach a short song to the congregation (sung in Spanish) in preparation for the visit of our Cuban brothers & sisters.

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Sunday, May 27 2018

Our Scripture reading is Mark 5:32-43. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Secrets Thoughts."

This Sunday marks the third installment of a 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

This Sunday marks the final service for which the Sanctuary Choir sings until September. Under the direction of Jason Kissel, the choir will offer Aaron Copland’s stirring revivalist song, Zion’s Walls, and Tschaikovsky’s beautiful Hymn to the Trinity. The organ postlude will be J.S. Bach’s majestic Fugue in E-flat Major, nicknamed “St. Anne” because of the opening subject’s similarity to that hymn tune (Our God, Our Help in Ages Past). The fugue also abounds in Trinitarian symbolism: the key of three flats, and three distinct subjects (themes), each representative of one aspect of the Holy Trinity.

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Sunday, May 20 2018

Join us for Sunday service. Our Scripture reading is Mark 4:35-41. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, Thou Doth Murder Sleep!

This Sunday marks the third installment of a 13-part sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. We will not interpret every jot and tittle of Mark, but we'll have sizable portions of this delicious narrative about Jesus. Mark is described as writing with zip and punch, with haste, with a sense of urgency. Mark gives us a gritty gospel for a perhaps gritty season in our history. Maybe that explains part of the reason we'll be looking at Mark. Another reason is to be found in the fact that Mark, after being sidelined as "an inferior gospel" has enjoyed robust study in more contemporary times. Perhaps that is because Mark shows a keen interest in healing and wholeness, not only of the individual but of society. Interested? Come join us for a deep dive into the world of the Gospel of Mark!

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Jason Kissel, will sing Pavel Tschesnokoff’s  Let Thy Holy Spirit Come Upon Us, and Edward Elgar’s dramatic anthem, The Spirt of The Lord is Upon Me, from The Apostles. Organ music will include a joyous Toccata by Albert Travis, based on the hymn tune Marion (Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!).

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Join us for Sunday service. Our Scripture reading is Mark 2:1-12. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Standing Room Only,"

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Join us for Sunday service. Our Scripture reading is Mark 1:29-39. Pastor Rob Hoch's sermon is entitled, "Release From Fever."

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - Consecration Sunday - worship & music

Join us at 10:20 am to hear Imogen Hoch on the violin play our prelude, Gavotte from Suite No. 6 in D minor (Bach)

Rev. Dr. Cleophus LaRue will be our guest preacher. Our lesson is Luke 16:19-23. The sermon is "God Sees Things Differently."

The Sanctuary choir will present composer Christian Humcke's setting of  "Locus iste," a latin text for the dedication of a church. Mr. Humcke, a past choirister at First & Franklin, dedicated this composition to Dr. Jason Kissel and the First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir. At the Offertory,  the choir will sing "We Give Thee But Thine Own," with Marianne Shick, soprano soloist.

Listen as Dr. John McLucas shares his witness to what First & Franklin means to him.

Join us for a picnic in the courtyard following our service of the consecration of our gifts. Bring a dessert and your pledges!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Service & Music

Join us at 10:30 A.M. Lesson is Mark 8:1-10, 14-21 and the sermon is "Counting to Seven and Twelve."

Onyeka Anaedozie will share what First & Franklin means to her.

Playing Franz Liszt’s Un Sospiro (“A Sigh”) as the prelude to worship will be pianist Jeremy Earnest, a new chorister at First & Franklin and freshman composition major at Peabody Conservatory.

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Minister of Music & Organist Jason Kissel, will sing Teach Me, O Lord by Philip Stopford, and God of Our Life by Russell G. Wichmann, with Savannah McElhaney as soprano soloist. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Service and Music

Guest preacher, Jack Hodges will lead our worship this week. The lesson is Luke 24: 13-35 and the sermon is "Heartburn of the Road."

The music includes: "Abide With Me" and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."

Laurel Oldach will share what First & Franklin means to her in her life.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Worship and Music

Prelude begins at 10:20 A.M. Worship service begins at 10:30 A.M.

Frank McNeil shares with us what First & Franklin means to him in his life.

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Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Service & Music

Sunday’s Prelude begins at 10:10 a.m., with music for organ, brass and timpani. The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Jason Kissel, will sung Ronald Arnatt’s "Most Glorious Lord of Life" and Randall Thompson’s "Alleluia." The full congregation is invited to join in singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah at the conclusion of worship.

Be sure to join us at 9:00 AM for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast in Backus House. RSVP for the breakfast to the church office. Let us know if you can bring a side dish to share.

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Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 - Service & Music

Prelude of "Page d'Album" by Gwendoline Hoch (piano) begins at 10:25 AM

Rev. Hoch's sermon "Surrounded by Hosannas" follows the lesson from Mark 1:1-11.

We welcome five new members into our church today! Join them to renew your baptismal covenant.

Music includes "Ride On, King Jesus" and "The Way to Jerusalem" with baritone, John McLucas and the Sanctuary Choir.


Sunday, March 18, 2018 - Service & Music

Rev. Hoch's sermon "Seeing Jesus" follows the lesson from John 12:20-36.

Music includes "Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Op.29 No.2" by Brahms and "Kyrie (Mass in G)" by Schubert.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018 - Service & Music

Prelude of J.S. Bach music by Jason Kissel (organ) and Gwen Hoch (piano) begins at 10:25 AM

Rev. Hoch's sermon "Reveille for the Dead" follows the lesson from Ephesians 2:1-10.

Music includes "At the Name of Jesus" and "Christ Be With Me."

Join us to write letters for "Bread for the World" after the service during Fellowship in Reid Chapel. There will be breads and jam to share from the Peacemaking Committee.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018 - Service & Music

Hear Rev. Hoch's sermon, "Property Values" following the lesson by John 2:13-22.

Choir members Meredith Piplani and John McLucas lead the choir in singing "What Does the Lord Require?"

The full choir will sing "Ubi caritas" sung in latin.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 - service & music

Lesson is Mark 8:31-38

Sermon: Speaking Openly

Music includes: "How Can I Keep From Singing" and "I Want Jesus" sung by the Sanctuary Choir.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 - service and music

First Sunday in Lent - lesson is Psalm 25:1-10 and the sermon is "Remember Me."

The Choir will sign anthems "Call to Remembrance" and O Love, How Deep."

We will celebrate the installation of Deacon, Nusrat David, and Ruling Elder, Kevin Hunter.

Peacemaking asks you to join in writing letters of support in Reid Chapel after worship to advocate for the some of the members of First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen, NJ at risk of deportation.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 - service and music

10:30 AM: "Seeing With New Eyes and Listening With Different Ears." Lesson: Mark 1:2-9. 

Music includes "O Nata Lux" and "O Clap Your Hands."

Guest preacher, Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018 - service & music

Communion Sunday!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 - service and music

Sunday's lesson is Mark 1:21-28, and Rev. Hoch's sermon is "Classroom Disruptions." Come and hear the message.
The Choir will sing "Set Me As a Seal" and "My Most Precious King."

Brief Congregational Meeting to approve changes to Rev. Hoch's Terms of Call and to elect a Nominating Committee.

Then stop by the Chapel to meet the Artist, Fritz Briggs!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 - service and music

Our lesson is Mark 1:14-20; and Rev. Hoch's sermon is "After Incarceration."

Liturgist will be Sabrina Schumann. Fellowship provided by Haswell Franklin.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Service and Music

Hear Rev. Robert Hoch's sermon “Holy Misunderstandings.” The lesson is 1 Samuel 3:1-20. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing “Expectans Expectavi” by Charles Wood and “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” by Aneurin Bodycombe.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Service and Music

Prelude 10:25 AM; Communion Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hear Rev. Hoch's sermon "When Heaven Tore in Two." The lessons are Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11.  Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing “Epiphany Alleluia”s by John Weaver and “Laudate Dominum” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 - service and music

Join us for Sunday worship beginning at 10:30 A.M. The lessons are: Isaiah 61:10; 64:4, 12. The sermon is "Seeing with New Eyes."

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 - service and music

Children's Christmas Play plus Rev. Hoch's sermon "Eat Your Veg!" after the lessons from Thessalonians 5:16-24.

Christmas Story: Jesus is the Same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Advent candles will be lit by Paula Crews and Connie Fischel.

The Prelude will feature Gwendoline Hoch on the piano, and the Offertory will feaure Imogen Hoch on violin with Jason Kissel on piano. 

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2018 - service & music

Join us to hear guest preacher, Rev. Rhonda Cooper's sermon "Doth Jesus Tarry?" Our liturgist, Haswell Franklin will read lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8, and 2 Peter 3:8-16.

Frank McNeil and Paul Fowler will light the Advent candles.

The Sanctuary choir will sing "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."


Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 - service and music

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Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 - service and music

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Service & Music

Hear Rev. Hoch’s sermon: "A Trip to the Museum." The lesson is John 10:1-18. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us" by Douglas Starr.

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Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 - All Saints’ Day -Service and Music

ALL SAINTS' DAY; Sermon: "Stopping World War III" following the lesson from Matthew 23:1-12. Music includes "Pilgrim's Anthem" and "When Thou Art Near" sung by Meredith Piplani (soprano.)

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Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Service and Music

Rev. Hoch's sermon this week is "Greater Love," following the lessons from Matthew 22:34-46. Under the direction of Jason Kissel, the choir and soloists will sing "Greater Love" (Marianne Shick and John McLucas) and "My Eternal King" at the offertory.  

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Sunday, October 22, 2018 - Service and Music

Rev. Robert Hoch's sermon is "Whose Image?" The lesson is Matthew 22:15-22. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing “O Thou Who Camest from Above” by Philip W.J. Stopford and “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” by Aneurin Bodycombe. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Service and Music

Rev. DiFrancesco’s sermon this week is "My Wrath Burns Hot" following the lesson: Exodus 32:1-14. Dr. Jason Kissel leads the choir in the anthem “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and "Rejoice, the Lord is King."

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Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Service and Music

Rev. Hoch’s sermon this week is "Pledging Allegiance." The lessons are Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and 1 Peter 2:9. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” by Thomas Tallis and “The Heavens Are Telling” (from The Creation) by Franz Josef Haydn. 

Read the published sermon here: http://roberthoch.com/2017/10/11/pledging-allegiance/

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - World Communion Sunday Service & Music

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon is "Rock Formations." The lessons are Exodus 17:1-7 and Hebrews 11:1-3. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing "Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks" by Herbert Howells and "Let Us Break Bread Together" arranged by Lois M. Hopkins.  Communion will be served. 

Read the published sermon here: http://roberthoch.com/2017/10/07/514/

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Sunday September 24, 2017 - Service & Music

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon is “Who’s on First, What’s on Second?”  The lessons are Exodus 16:2-15 and John 6:51. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing "I’m Hungry, Lord" by Calvin Taylor and "Summer Ended" by Charles Wood.  Pianist Mark Markham will play the prelude and postlude.

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Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 Service & Music

Rev. Hoch’s sermon is "Turning with Difficulty." The lessons are Exodus 14:10-31 and Psalm 114:1-8. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir will sing, "He Watching Over Israel" by Felix Mendelssohn and "We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace" arranged by Moses Hogan.

Join us to pack Brown Bag lunches in Reid Chapel during Fellowship.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Service & Music

Rev, Hoch's sermon, "Making Disciples" will follow the readings of Isaiah 43:1-7,14-21 and Mark 1:6-20. The Choir is back this week and will lead us in song! "When the Morning Stars Together," "Psalm 150," "Here I Am Lord," "Teach Me, O Lord," and "Though I May Speak." 

We welcome Taylor Scott Brooks in the sacrament of his baptism.

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Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 - Service and Music

Guest preacher Rev. Rhonda Cooper's sermon is Labor Day Holiday for the Faithful.  The lessons are Matthew 16:21-28 and Romans 12:1-21.  Lisa McNulty a member of the Sanctuary Choir will sing a solo, O Rest in the Lord (from Elijah) by Felix Mendelssohn.  Please arrive by 10:20 A.M. to listen as you prepare for worship.


Sunday August 27 2017 Service & Music

Please join us on Sunday and welcome The Rev. Dottie LaPenta who will lead our service. Her sermon is "Leave it To the Women," following the readings: Matthew 16:13-20 and Exodus 1:8-2:10.

Former choir member, Julie Bosworth will sing two solos -- "He;s Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Come, ye sons of Art, Away." 


Sunday, August 13, 2017 Service & Music

Join us on Sunday for Rev. Hoch's sermon: "A Dirty Deal." The lessons are: Romans 8:18-30 and Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28.

Choir members, Marianne Shick and Anna Politt will sing the duet, "I Waited for the Lord" by Felix Mendelssohn.


Sunday, August 6, 2017 - Communion Service & Music

Join us for Communion Sunday! Radings: Psalm 17:1-7, 15 and Genesis 32:22-31. Don't miss Rev. Hoch's sermon: "An Unanticipated Adversary."

Jan Trammel-Savin (mezzo soprano) will present a solo of "O Divine Redeemer" by Charles Gounod (1818-1893.) 


Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Service & Music

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon is "Seven Years Old," following the lessons from Psalm 105:1-11, 45b and Genesis 29:15-30. 

A quartet from the Sanctuary Choir will sing the anthem, "O Sing Joyfully" by Adrian Batten.

Meredith Piplani, soprano
Sandra Smith, alto
Donald Juedes, tenor
Rahze Cheatham, baritone
 

  Arrive early to prepare for worship during the prelude.
 


Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Worship & Music

Rev. Rob Hoch's sermon is titled "Anointing a Stone." The lessons are Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, and Genesis 28:10-22.

Two of our youngest members, Gwendoline Hoch and Imogen Hoch, will present violin and piano music during the Prelude and Offertory. The Prelude will begin at 10:20 am so please be early and support our young musicians!

 

Haswell Franklin will be our liturgist, and Mike Johnson and Paula Crews will be ushering.


Sunday, July 16, 2017 Service & Music

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon is "Uterine Conflict." The lessons are Psalm 119:105-112 and Genesis 25:19-34. Guest organist, Jeremy Zuck, will present music during today’s service and soprano Meredith Piplani will sing "Domine Deus (from Gloria)" by Antonio Vivaldi.


Sunday, July 9, 2017 Service & Music

Rev. Hoch is back this Sunday and is preparing his sermon, "A Love Story." The lessons will be Gen. 24:34-49, 58-67, and Song of Songs 2:8-13.


Sunday, July 2, 2017 - Service & Music

Sunday at 10:30 AM. Guest Preacher The Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco's sermon was "Seeing the Image Dei."  The lessons were Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 and Matthew 10:40-42.  Baritone John McLucas sang "Love Ye the Lord (Largo from Serse) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and "Let Us Break Bread Together," a traditional spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan.


Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Service & Music

We invite you to worship this Sunday at 10:30 AM. Guest Preacher Rhonda Cooper’s sermon is "Distress.  Death.  Deliverance?"  The lessons are Genesis 21:8-20, Psalm 69:13-18 and Matthew 10:28-31.  Baritone Nick Dogas will sing "Serenity" by Charles Ives and "The Lord’s My Shepherd" by Bob Chilcott.

 

   We extend a warm welcome to The Reverend Rhonda S. Cooper, who
   serves as Chaplain for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
   Rhonda is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) and Fuller Theological
   Seminary (Pasadena CA). A United Methodist minister, she and her
   husband John Wolford worship with their First & Franklin Church family.

 


Sunday, June 18, 2017 - Service & Music

We welcomed Parish Associate, Jan Trammell-Savin to the pulpit this week. The sermon was The Story of Noah.  The lessons were Matthew 9:35-10:8 and Genesis 6-9 selected verses.  Mezzo soprano Marianne Shick sang "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" by Charles H. Gabriel and "Simple Song" (from Mass) by Leonard Bernstein.


Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Worship & Music

Trinity Sunday

The readings were:

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2
Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20


Sunday, June 4, 2017 Service & Music

Rev. Hoch's sermon was entitled "A Church in Burlesque." The lessons was from Psalm 104: 1-4, 24-34, and Acts 2: 1-21.

The Santuary Choir sung "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" and "Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song" featuring BSA student Eric Harrison playing the alto saxophone.

We welcomed new members, Kevin Hunter and Sabrina Schumann.

The congregation wore RED in observance of Pentecost.


May 28, 2017 - Scripture & Music

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled Sailing Lessons.  The lessons were Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 and Acts 1:6-14.  Under the direction of
Dr. Jason Kissel, the Sanctuary Choir sung, Arise, O God, and Shine by F. Melius Christiansen and The Ascension by Philip Moore.
 


May 21, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "The Trail Where They Cried." The lessons were Psalm 66:1-20 and Acts 17:22-31.

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May 7, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "Beyond Our Wants."
The lessons were Psalm 23 and Acts 2:42-27.

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April 30, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "Talking to Strangers."
The lesson was Luke 24:13-35.

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April 23, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Susan Haugh

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April 16, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "Do Not Cling to Me."
The lesson was John 20:1-18.

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April 9, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "All the Right Notes, Wrong Music". The lesson was Matthew 21:1-11.

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April 2, 2017 - Scripture Reading

Rev. Robert Hoch’s sermon was entitled "A Sermon on Fire". The lesson was Ezekiel 37:1-14.

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