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Good Friday: Come and See

Join us throughout today (5:00 am to 4:00 pm) for prayer and reflection in the cathedral-like Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. Then come this evening at 7:00 pm for a meaningful Communion service where we commemorate how Jesus died for our sins in preparation for Easter.



Come and See… Experience God at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church on Good Friday

Join us on Good Friday (March 30) from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm for reflection and prayer in the cathedral-like Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. This is a meaningful, life-changing time for many who participate. A couple of years ago, someone who came was inspired to create the artwork highlighted here. How might God inspire you if you are able to come this year?



Good Friday Service: The Story Behind the Song

Join us on Good Friday (March 30) at 7:00 pm for a service that explores the meaning of Christ’s death on the cross through readings, songs, and a time of confession and repentance followed by Holy Communion. During the service, we will get to hear the premiere of a new song, “Lord, Lord, Why Would You Die For Me?” sung by Charlotte Kohler. The song was written for the Lenten season by FPC member Terry Estvold. Terry explains the story behind the song:

The song “Lord, Lord, Why Would You Die For Me?” was literally given to me as I was driving home just a few blocks from where I had been working on another song, which I had been struggling with for about two weeks.  I was a bit frustrated and decided maybe I needed to do something completely different. The refrain came to me during the next block and a half and during a stop at a red light.  I got in the door about sixty seconds later, sat down and wrote the words.  I then added the rest in the next half hour or so.  It really was a gift that has only happened to me so quickly once or twice before.  I did spend time the next two days making some changes before it was done.

The song itself is composed of five questions, four of them surrounding the main question of why Jesus would die for us.  The first “Is it something I have done or something I will do?” shows the paradox of thinking between the world and God’s family. Many feel Jesus died for people because they deserve it by living “good” lives.  We know better. He died for everyone but for no one who had earned or deserved. The only thing we had done to warrant his death was be born into sin and as far as something we would do, the only explanation is that we keep on sinning our whole lives so we are in need of grace. The next question “am I someone special” is also somewhat of a paradox. Because to God everyone is someone special which actually makes no one special. We are all loved and that is enough. He doesn’t see us as we see ourselves or each other.

The question “Is it because you love me more than I can know?” zeros in on exactly why Jesus died for us. He loves us. It’s simple and it’s true. We’ve all encountered people who just can’t accept that it had to be this way or nothing.But it was.It plainly shows how far removed we are in our current lives from his perfect holiness. Finally, the question is asked, “What is my worth, that you would die for me?”  I don’t think it’s a question we ask very often because when we look at ourselves and our lives compared to others that are famous, rich, successful or even more holy, we don’t feel uplifted by the comparison. But if we look at our value reflected in the eyes of our Lord who gave his perfect life out of perfect love for each one of us, it’s got to make us more grateful for his grace, more mindful of how we live and more joyful as we live.  Despite our unworthiness, our worth, in the eyes of our Lord, is truly humbling, immensely comforting and altogether astonishing.

 



One More Week for Easter Books!

This Sunday (March 25), Palm Sunday, is your last chance to pick up books on Easter and Good Friday before Easter! The Library will be closed on Easter Sunday (April 1), so make sure to stop by this Sunday, so you don’t miss out.
 
You can take a look at our books about Easter and Good Friday in our online catalog here. If you already looked there last week be sure to check again because we have added some books to that collection. We have many books (and DVDs) for adults, children, and families dealing with different aspects of Easter and Good Friday and why they are so significant. Make sure to stop by the library on Sunday and see all the books!
 
We also have two copies of the book When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes available for checkout. If you were in church last Sunday, you may remember Elder Dan O’Connor‘s moving prayer which involved reading a selection of this book out loud. If you are interested in the rest of the book, you can check it out this Sunday!
 
The FPC Library is open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by sending us an email here!


Spring Small Groups sign up now!

 
We will be launching several small groups in the next coming weeks. All groups begin in April and end in June. No childcare will be provided for this season of small groups, but we have some great babysitters we can recommend.

Meet our leaders!

Miracles

Every other Tuesday, 10-11:30 am

Led by Joe and Barbara Gehrett

Gold Room | April 10 – June 19

What are miracles? Did they only happen in Biblical times, or can they occur today? The discussions will center around the Eric Metaxas book, Miracles.

Shaped by the Gospel

Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm

Led by Andy and Lucy Leach

South Tacoma | April 10 – June 12  

Discussion of Tim Keller’s thought-provoking book that influenced our season of seeking revival.

When the Heart Waits (small group for women)

Saturdays, 8:30-10am

Led by Janie O’Connor and Claudia MacPherson

Anthem coffee shop on N. 30th | April 14 – June 9

Discussion of Sue Monk Kidd’s autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace.


The Me I Want to Be
 
Every other Sunday, 6:30-8pm
 
Led by Aaron and Michelle MartinezEdgewood | April 8 – June 1

A DVD-based study by John Ortberg on how to become the unique, fully alive person God intended you to be.

Growing in Faith (FULL)

Sundays, 6-8pm

Led by Steve and Holly Welty

North Tacoma | April 8 – June 10

An excellent fit for a new believer or someone who wants to work on the foundational pieces of their faith. Also a great next step for Alpha participants.

 Interested?

Ways to sign up and get connected:



Good Friday Open House: Come, See, and Renew

Sometimes it’s very hard to hear God. There are so many things going on around us in the world at large and in our own lives that God’s voice gets crowded out. If you are feeling stressed or depleted, or if you are finding it hard to hear God with all the noise in our culture, you are invited to spend part of Good Friday (March 30) in our cathedral-like Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma. Drop in for a few moments or a few hours. Let yourself unwind as you seek to listen to God or you simply let yourself be calm and quiet for a time. Our Sanctuary will be open from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be times of quiet, times of music from a variety of local performers, and times for readings. Enter into the presence of God in preparation for our Good Friday communion service at 7:00 pm followed by our Easter Sunday celebration at 10:30 am on April 1st.



Easter Books in the Library!

It’s almost time for Easter! This Sunday (March 18), the FPC Library will begin displaying our books for Easter and the Resurrection! These books will only be displayed this week and next week, so make sure to stop by and take a look!
 
We have books and DVDs for adults, children, and families! All our Easter books for children as well as some of our Easter DVDs and books for adults can be found in our online catalog here. When they are not being displayed, our adult books on Easter can be found in the Non-Fiction section under the number 263.93  and our children’s books on Easter can be found in our Children’s section under the heading Easter.
 
The FPC Library is open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. Contact us by email here.


“Our Songs” at FPC Tacoma

FPC’s Worship Committee is seeking your favorite hymns and praise songs for use during worship throughout the year. E-mail your nominations to jwest@fpctacoma.org. Feel free to briefly explain why you find the song(s) meaningful and why you think they would be great to include as part of our worship as a community.



Come and See: Good Friday Open House at First Presbyterian Church

On Good Friday (March 30), come as you are into the gracious space of our cathedral-like Sanctuary at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church. Come for a few minutes or stay as long as you like. Come to see the historic architecture or spend a few quiet moments of meditation, prayer, and worship. A variety of local performers will be sharing throughout the day. Come and go anytime during the day—from 5:00 am–4:00 pm.
 


Easter Baskets For Tacoma THIS SUNDAY!

Please bring your cash donations to support the Deacons in the Easter Basket food ministry for Tacoma families in need THIS SUNDAY. Donations can be made using the yellow envelopes in the pew racks or on line at fpctacoma.org/donate (choose the “Easter/Thanksgiving Baskets” option in the drop-down menu). This ministry will provide ham, fresh produce, dessert, and all the trimmings to families throughout our community. Together we’ll share Christ’s love For Tacoma! Visit with us at the Deacons’ Table this month at Coffee Hour.




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