Worship is an integral part of our life at First Presbyterian Church Tacoma. The Bible teaches us to worship God (1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Psalm 100, Ephesians 5:18-20), and worship is a way we can connect ourselves more deeply to God with our heart, mind, and soul. At the request of Pastor Eric, First Presbyterian Church’s Worship Committee recently came up with a list of 26 hymns and praise songs that are particularly meaningful to our life as a community. We created this list from around 100 recommendations sent in by members of the congregation.
 
These are not all of the songs we sing at First Presbyterian Church. But they are special songs that are important to our congregation. For example, “The Days of Elijah” became an important song during a time of repentance and revival in our congregation several years ago (our year of “jubilee”). “Amazing Grace” expresses our belief that we are saved by grace alone (not works); it has been used at the conclusion of our communion services (with people holding hands) since we initiated a blended worship service that combines traditional and contemporary music. “God of This City” speaks of our heart “ForTacoma” and our desire to see the good news of Jesus spread throughout our city. And “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a song we often sing around Easter that emphasizes how Christ died for us and how He “triumphed o’er the grave” to give us eternal life.
 
We invite those involved in First Presbyterian Church to learn these songs, reflect on them, and use them in their own personal times of worship throughout the week. To help you learn these songs, view the playlist later on this page, and check out the additional blog posts and play lists that will be posted in the future.

Songs in the First Presbyterian Church Canon

Official Playlist for the First Presbyterian Church Canon

First Presbyterian Church Canon Posts

FPC Canon: Crown Him with Many Crowns

This Sunday at FPC we will be singing “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. This hymn draws from Revelation 19:12, and its verses were written by two different individuals, one Catholic and the other Protestant. We only sing some of the verses, but you can read all of the verses here. “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a wonderful song to sing when you are feeling down because of the brokenness and evil in our world. It points us to the truth that Christ is ultimately Savior and King. Enjoy some of the many performances of this inspiring hymn in the playlist below.
 



FPC Canon: Amazing Grace

Last Sunday, we celebrated the sacrament of Holy Communion, and at the end of the service we sang “Amazing Grace,” holding hands.  This has become a tradition at FPC. “Amazing Grace” is one of the songs in the FPC Canon, hymns and praise songs that form a special part of our worship as a  community. Find out more about the amazing history of “Amazing Grace,” and watch the playlist below of some of the many ways this song has been performed by a variety of musicians. The playlist includes performances by flash mobs, by a capella groups, by choir and orchestra, and an incredible performance that switches between a concert hall and outdoors in Washington, DC.
 



Reformation Sunday 2018: A Mighty Fortress

On Reformation Sunday (Oct. 28), FPC’s Lindsey Bells (under the direction of Daniel Heath) presented Joel Raney’s  magnificent arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. The Lindsey Bells were joined by brass, piano, pipe organ, and FPC’s Chancel Choir (under the direction of Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin). If you missed this past Sunday (or if you want to experience the song again!), you can now watch the presentation on YouTube thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder.
 



FPC Canon: The Days of Elijah

Last Sunday during worship we sang “The Days of Elijah.” This song is on the list of the FPC Canon. It has a special meaning for FPC Tacoma, because it became a theme song for our “Year of Jubilee” a few years ago when our congregation was seeking God’s grace to heal from some hard things that had taken place in our midst. If you want to dig deeper, you can read the thoughts of the composer who wrote the song or you can explore the Biblical characters described in the song. And if you want to experience the song in a new way, watch the embedded playlist below to see it being joyfully sung by U.S. Marines, youth from Uganda, and liturgical dancers on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.