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First & Franklin

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A Community of Worship

Our service is faithful to tradition, musically inspired, socially engaged.






A Community of Service

We promote peacemaking and social justice, in Baltimore and beyond.






A Community of Fellowship

Our congregation seeks to increase our understanding of each other.



We are an inclusive, diverse congregation devoted to enriching our community through socially engaging and relevant preaching and an inspirational congregational music program, service to others, and fellowship that increases our understanding of one another. Our mission is to make Baltimore a better community for everyone, and we welcome anyone who comes through our doors.

**Covid-19 Digital Worship Information**

As we look out for the health and wellbeing of those around us, we will be congregating via Zoom for our services for the foreseeable future. Below is the information you need to tune in for all Sunday worship services, as well as our Lenten Taize services, held on Wednesdays at 6:15.

Upcoming Zoom Gatherings
Click the different invitation links to access directions for joining each gathering.
Sunday, April 5, 10:30am, Worship Service
Wednesday, April 9, 6:15pm, Evening Prayer
Sunday Bulletin

Bulletin - April 5_ 2020 PDF

Please remember to give during this unprecedented time so that we can continue to support our staff.

We mean ALL y'all!

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church (USA) welcomes everyone to worship with us, regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. A member of the More Light Presbyterians since 1980, our congregation is committed to inclusivity and full participation in the Church for all individuals, including service and the clergy.

We believe that the affirmation of one's gender identity and sexual orientation is Scripturally based and a natural outflow of God's perfect creation and love. Here at First & Franklin, you are welcome, you are seen, and you are loved just the way God made you.

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Past Sermons

Sermons aren't just for Sundays! Click the link below to read past sermons for encouragement an nourishment any day of the week.

Latest Posts

What Kind of God?

A poem by the Indian poet Kabir (1440-1518) from translator Daniel Ladinsky’s Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West.   “What Kind of God?” What…

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Public Forum with Dr. Maya R. Cummings, Candidate for the 7th District

PUBLIC FORUM | MAYA ROCKEYMOORE CUMMINGS | April 5, 2020| 12 noon First & Franklin is invited to a public forum, HOPE in a Time of Crisis featuring Maya Rockeymoore Cummings on Sunday,…

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Worship Bulletin for March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin – March 29 2020 PDF

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During this time of social distancing, it can feel like we are cut off from the world around us and those that we love. But Scripture reminds us that "wherever two or more are gathered, I am there among them," (Mat. 18:20) and we at First & Franklin believe that this extends to digital platforms, too! If you are feeling isolated and in need of connection during this uncertain time, please join Pastor Rob Hoch for morning prayers Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:00 am on Facebook live or via Zoom for a time of prayer to orient our days to the Lord's work.

“At First & Franklin, we are a quirky and very independent congregation.”

“The whole community here really embraces [music] as a really integral part of the service, as a means to get the message out — the message of peace.”

“I come once a week because I want to, not because I have to. I come to church here because I belong here.”