Watch the Lindsey Handbell 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last Sunday (May 19), 570 people filled FPC’s historic sanctuary to hear 37 handbell ringers celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved Lindsey Bell Choir along with brass, Chancel Choir, pipe organ and piano. Thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder, you can watch the three featured handbell presentations, including the official premiere of a new arrangement of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” by nationally recognized composer and arranger Joel Raney, which received a standing ovation. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 



Handbell Celebration THIS Sunday!

You are invited to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of FPC’s youth handbell program THIS Sunday at 10:30 am during worship. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. For a taste of what to expect, watch the performance of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



50th Anniversary Handbell Celebration: Sunday, May 19

You are invited to a joyous celebration of handbells and worship this Sunday, May 19 as First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Tacoma celebrates the 50th anniversary of its handbell program, founded by Bob Gorham. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. This new piece was commissioned just for this special celebration. Additional new arrangements of hymns will be supplied by FPC’s own Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The handbell choir will be directed by Daniel Heath and director emeritus Bob Gorham. You won’t want to miss this exciting service, starting at 10:30 am! For a taste of what to expect, watch last year’s performance of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



Watch Good Friday 2019: The Last Words

Around 300 people attended our powerful Good Friday Service on Friday night, featuring the presentation of “The Last Words” by our Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. Many thanks to Chip Van Gilder for taping and uploading the video! Watch it below… and remember to come to our Easter celebration on Sunday, starting with brunch at 9:00 am and continuing with our worship celebration at 10:30 am with full orchestra, chancel choir, handbell choir, pipe organ, worship band, and more!
 



Remember to Attend The Last Words TONIGHT!

Remember to attend our powerful Good Friday Communion service TONIGHT at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The hour-long service will feature an original choral and dramatic work by FPC’s own Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin, and be presented by the FPC Chancel Choir, instrumentalists, and professional actor Kevin Pitman. The service will also include Communion accompanied by music from our worship band.



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?”

 



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.


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.



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.