WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAY MORNING
If you are checking us out online, or doing a walk-by in person – we know from the outside we look like a big church – a whole city block big!
In the first half of the twentieth century, First Seattle was a growing and fruitful congregation, and helped establish many other Presbyterian congregations in the area. By 1940, it was the largest congregation in the nation, with 8,000 members, but with urbanization, the church experienced decline, and in late 2015, First Seattle experienced a painful church split.
Today, we are a small but wonderfully eclectic group. On any given Sunday you're likely to meet a few long-time members, new people from the neighborhood and other parts of the city, homeless and marginalized folks, tourists from afar, and “temporary” folks in town receiving specialized medical treatment on “Pill Hill.”
There are two things that happen on Sunday morning that help us connect as a congregation:
1. We engage the sermon scripture text together in a more interactive, participative style of preaching. Maybe that sounds a little scary, but you are never forced to share. I do my homework and guide the conversation, and the Holy Spirit shows up and the Word is preached: soul food!
2. Also, after worship we gather for a simple lunch and a chance to connect a little more around tables. It’s a nourishing experience all around! Join us if you can, no reservations needed.
So that’s what you can expect.
So, inside the big building is a small church…with a huge amount of trust in God…and a deep confidence in Jesus’ resurrection power.
We’d love to welcome you any Sunday!