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What’s So Good about Good Friday? Find out on April 19!

Ever wonder about the meaning of Good Friday (this year on April 19)? Remember to attend our wonderful Good Friday Communion Service at 7:00 pm, which this year features The Last Words, an original choral and dramatic work by FPC’s own Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin. You also might want to check out some of the resources below as you consider Christ’s sacrifice this Holy Week:

“What’s so good about Good Friday?”

“History of Good Friday”

“What is Good Friday/Holy Friday?”

 



Good Friday Open House: Come and See

On Friday, April 19th, come and see “Tacoma’s cathedral.” The Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church will be open from 5:00 am-4:00 pm. Consider this a come-as-you-are invitation into this gracious space. Come any time and stay as long as you like. Come to just see the historic architecture or spend a few quiet moments in mediation, prayer, reflection, and worship. A Good Friday service will follow in the evening at 7:00 PM.


Last Chance for Easter Books and DVDs

This Sunday (April 14), the FPC Library will be displaying our books for Easter, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection! The FPC Library will be closed on Easter Sunday (April 21), so this is your last chance to check out Easter books and DVDs before Easter.
 
We have books and DVDs for adults, children, and families! All our Easter books and DVDs can be found in our online catalog here.
 
Also, remember that the FPC Library is displaying books on calling and vocation recommended by Pastor Eric. He recommended these books as part of his Sunday school class. This is your last chance to check out the books before the class ends because today is the last day! You can see them in our online catalog here and read more about it here.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.


The Last Words by Daniel Perrin

On Good Friday, the Chancel Choir and musicians of First Presbyterian Church (FPC) will present The Last Words, an original choral and dramatic work by FPC’s own Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The Last Words tells the powerful story of Jesus’ final words from the cross through the eyes of the centurion who crucified Christ and who returns each year to the place of crucifixion to pay homage to the man he put to death. Dr. Perrin says he hopes his work will communicate the power and self-possession Jesus demonstrated through his crucifixion. “I would like people to see Jesus as heroic in that setting rather than a weak victim,” he says. “I think some of the insights from the script and lyrics will inform our worship to a deeper degree as the evening progresses.” Be sure to invite your friends and family to this special hour-long experience, which will take place in the cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church (20 Tacoma Ave. S.) at 7:00 pm on April 19. The sacrament Communion will be offered during the service.


Easter Books and DVDs

It’s almost time for Easter! This Sunday (April 7), the FPC Library will begin displaying our books for Easter, the Crucifixion, 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 and DVDs can be found in our online catalog here.
 
Also, remember that the FPC Library is displaying books on calling and vocation recommended by Pastor Eric. He recommended these books as part of his Sunday school class and the FPC Library will be displaying them for the duration of the class. You can see them in our online catalog here and read more about it here.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.


The Last Words Featuring Kevin Pitman

On Good Friday, the Chancel Choir and musicians of First Presbyterian Church (FPC) will present The Last Words, an original choral and dramatic work by FPC Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The Last Words tells the powerful story of Jesus’ final words from the cross through the eyes of the centurion who crucified Christ and who returns each year to the place of crucifixion to pay homage to the man he put to death. The centurion will be portrayed by professional stage and film actor Kevin Pitman. Pitman has appeared in many productions for groups such as Taproot Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theater, the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Lyric Light Opera of the N.W., and the Village Theatre. Be sure to invite your friends and family to this special hour-long experience, which will take place in the cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church (20 Tacoma Ave. S.) at 7:00 pm on April 19. The sacrament Communion will be offered during the service.


Easter Sunday Celebration at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian on April 21

On Easter Sunday (April 21), celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life He brings to all who trust Him in the cathedral-like sanctuary of historic First Presbyterian Church, one of Tacoma’s architectural treasures. Located at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S., First Presbyterian welcomes the community to its Easter celebration service from 10:30-11:45 am. The service will feature more than 70 musicians, including orchestra, handbell choir, piano, Chancel Choir, worship band, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! A special Easter message will be delivered by nationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Eric Jacobsen, Lead Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.



FPC Canon: An Invitation to Worship

Did you know that we have a list of songs that are especially significant in the worship of FPC? It’s called the FPC Canon. In recent weeks, some of the songs in this collection we’ve sung include “Amazing Grace,” “Days of Elijah,” “O Come to the Altar,” and “Untitled Hymn.” We encourage you to get to know all the songs in the FPC Canon and use them in your own private times of worship and reflection. You can listen to all the songs in the FPC Canon by using the YouTube playlist below. Enjoy!
 



Good Friday: The Last Words

On Good Friday, mark Christ’s death on the cross through singing, the sacrament of Communion, and The Last Words, an original choral and dramatic work by Dr. Daniel Perrin presented by the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, instrumental ensemble, pipe organ, and actor Kevin Pitman, along with special artwork curated by FPC member Josiah Wombacher. The Last Words tells the story of Jesus’ final words from the cross. Each year, the centurion who carried out the death sentence of Christ returns to the place where it occurred to pay homage to the man he put to death.  The presentation will be followed by Communion accompanied by the FPC worship band. Be sure to invite your friends and family to this special hour-long experience, which will take place in the soaring cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church (20 Tacoma Ave. S.) at 7:00 pm on April 19.


Devotionals

Are you looking for a devotional to guide you in your quiet time? Look no further! This Sunday (March 31), the FPC Library will be displaying our collection of devotionals. We have devotionals on a wide variety of topics. You can take a look at them in our online catalog here.
 
Also, remember that the FPC Library is displaying books on calling and vocation recommended by Pastor Eric. He recommended these books as part of his Sunday school class and the FPC Library will be displaying them for the duration of the class. You can see them in our online catalog here and read more about it here.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.



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