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Christmas Eve Service, Tuesday Dec. 24 at 7:00

December 23, 2019

Please join us for a traditional service of Lessons & Carols, sung by the congregation and First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir. Child-friendly service. Organ prelude begins at 6:50 pm.

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Candlelight Choral Concert

December 7, 2019

CANDLELIGHT CHORAL CONCERT Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir Double Brass Choir Jacqueline Pollauf, harp Jason Kissel, conductor The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, joined by guest instrumentalists, presents the 19th Annual Candlelight Choral Concert, a treasured part of the Christmas season in Mt. Vernon. This concert will…

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Our Latter Glory

November 20, 2019

Our sermon from November 10th ended with the question, “What if?” What if we were to reimagine church?What might we see as its possibilities? Our primary text was from the prophet Haggai. Looking at the temple, specifically its ruins (it was destroyed by the Babylonian invasion of 586/87 BCE), Haggai stood in front of the…

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Alternative Christmas Market | Sunday, 12 PM to 1:30 PM on November 24, 2019 and December 1, 2019

November 12, 2019

Please join us for the Alternative Christmas Market!   As the commercial world turns towards the holidays, we are turning to the Alternative Christmas Market on November 24 and December 1.   The Alternative Christmas Market is a way to fund good work in our community and around the globe while still crossing all those…

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A Litany of Remembrance

October 24, 2019

A Litany for Remembrance by Robert Hoch (October 24, 2019) Adapted from Michele Norris, “So You Want to Talk About Lynching?” in the Washington Post (23 October 2019)   O God, we confess that we know too little about lynching.   A lynching involved a man or a woman, or sometimes a child, dragged from…

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Adult Forum

October 18, 2019

The topic this week in the Adult Forum will be whether we can perceive things we don’t have words for. Follow the linked article which claims that no one saw blue until modern times:  What is Blue? We meet in Backus House at 9:15 a.m.

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Adult Forum, “CrossCurrents” Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Backus House

October 3, 2019

CrossCurrents meets each week from 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. in Backus House for rich conversation and meaningful reflection on contemporary topics. We explore the intersection of faith and public life, drawing from a wide variety of conversation partners. This Sunday’s CrossCurrent topic is found on the Irish Times, “Why is Greta Thunberg so Triggering for Certain…

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Pastor’s Welcome

September 14, 2019

Thank you for visiting the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church website. You may have seen the 270-foot tall spire; or perhaps you drove down Park Avenue, alongside the purple ribbons outside the sanctuary; or perhaps you heard about a concert being held in our sanctuary; or you saw us on the evening news. Maybe you’re…

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A Prayer for George the Snail

July 28, 2019

 © Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore, MD 21201  July 28, 2019  Pastor’s Note: This is the final sermon from a five-part series that read the doctrine of creation through the lens of the climate crisis and the work of theologian, Jürgen Moltmann.  Meditation  If we start from…

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Table Manners

November 26, 2018

© Robert P. Hoch  September 1, 2019  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore MD 21201  On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.  When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the…

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By Their Fruits

November 26, 2018

 © Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church October 28, 2018  From the Pastor’s Desk:  On Sunday, I misstated the number of deaths this year. Last year, 342 people were killed in Baltimore. As I write, Baltimore has recorded 260 deaths since the beginning of 2018 – a grim achievement.  Next Sunday, please plan…

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