WORSHIP We gather for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in our historic sanctuary located at the corner of Holland Street and Nolan Street. Our services are traditional, following the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship and the Directory for Worship. Hearing God’s word in Scripture and preaching are central, and music also plays an important role. The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. Baptisms of infants and adults also occur during morning worship.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC Music has always been an integral part of the worship life of First Presbyterian Church. A choir has been active in leading the ministry of music since the 1870s, and our chancel choir continues to provide worshipful music. Various members offer special music on those Sundays when the choir is not singing. The choir rehearses on Wednesday nights, and anyone who would like to share in the ministry of music is invited to participate.
PIPE ORGAN HISTORY The church acquired a pipe organ from St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin (E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 525, 1870) through Henry Pilcher’s Sons organ builders. They installed the revised instrument in 1913 as their Opus 782.6. Henry Wesson drew up the specification for the 1942 Hall Organ, which was given in memory of Tom M. Owen. A Trumpet rank and Mixture were added in 1979 by George E. Babb. After the fire in 2001, all of the pipes were removed, cleaned, refurbished and reinstalled by S. G. Price of Houston. A zimblestern was added for Christmas of 2015. All of the original pipes and additions are still in use today.
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