Advent and Christmas Sermon Series:
Dec. 1: What Are You Getting Ready For? (Matthew 24:36-44)
Dec. 8: Updating
Getting Lost Has Never Been So Easy (Matthew 3:1-12)
New Christmas Cantata: "On This Shining Night"
Choir Director: Dr. Peter Durow;
Organist: Rebecca Nelson
carols with new music pointing to Jesus
as the light of the world.
by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler, 2013)
15: Why Is It So Hard to Ask for Directions?
22: An Inconceivable Proposal (Matthew 1:18-25)
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service starts at 5:00 p.m.
A Misplaced Gift (Isaiah 9:2-7)
New Presbyterian Hymnal, "Glory to God" has arrived!
At the conclusion of
worship on Sunday, November 24, the worshipping community of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau was invited to
help transform our worship environment by removing the previous hymnal and replace it with the denominational
hymnal. This is first hymnal change in the church in over 30 years. The new denominational hymnal, pictured
to the left, represents over 10 years of work by a special committee of our national church. It features over 200 new
hymns, many of which have been written in last 20 years.
The new hymnal encourages congregations to celebrate the Spirit-led
music from traditional to contemporary and features several chants/hymns/prayers from the Taize Community in France.
The congregation has participated in two workshops led by Dr. Peter Durow, D.M., Director of Choral Music at the Church
and Director of Choral Activities at Southeast Missouri State University. On the First Sunday of Advent, December
1, the worshipping community will officially use the new hymnal for the first time in worship.
Election of Officers
Four new Ruling Elders were elected to serve on our governing board, the Session:
Nancy Bray, John Broeckling, Caroline Manuel and Joanna Shaver.
you and invite you to learn more about us!
You may want to know, "What is a Presbyterian?"
Anyone who can be a
Christian can be a Presbyterian!
word, "presbuteros" in the New Testament means "elder," and is based on the democratic custom of selecting
leaders and advisors from among the members of the church. Presbyterians are a group of Protestants whose church is
founded on this concept of democratic rule under the Word of God.
The Presbyterian denomination is a form of Christianity democratically organized to embrace
the faith common to all Christians. All are welcome to worship the living Triune God. We feature interactive services
of worship in a traditional setting; we gather together in service of the mission of Jesus Christ and reflective study
of the Word of God.
What is the Presbyterian Church? It is a representative
democracy governed by elders elected from and by the congregation. Deacons are also elected to conduct the charitable
ministry of the church.
What do Presbyterians believe? Like other Christians, Presbyterians believe in:
- God, the Creator of the universe
- Christ, the incarnation of God on earth
- The Holy Spirit, the presence of God in
the world and in the believer
- The church, a universal community of Christ's followers
- Forgiveness of sin made possible by the crucifixion of Jesus
- Life everlasting as shown by the resurrection
Bible, the inspired Word of God
Our Invitation to You:
We would love to have you visit us in
person. We are a Christian community, a fellowship of believers in Christ and dedicated to the principles of Christ.
We acknowledge that we are called to love God, and our neighbors as ourselves. In fulfilling this mandate we accept and acknowledge
the need of faith in our lives; the efficacy of prayer; the responsibility to preach the Gospel, administer the sacraments,
seek truth and minister to the needs of others; and the responsibility to provide for Christian Education of children and
members of the church community.
to Learn More About First Presbyterian?
Use the links to the left to learn more about our church. Click on Church
Windows to learn about the stained glass windows in our beautiful and historic downtown church. Read
from today's Scripture at the Daily Lectionary, listen to Sunday sermons at Listen to Sunday Sermons, and learn more about
our mission and activities at Things We Do. We look forward to hearing from you and are eager to answer any
questions you might have.
Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Sunday Church Service 10:30
Located in Beautiful Downtown Cape
235 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Office Phone: (573) 335-2579