Every Sunday through the end of June, we will be studying Paul's letter to the Corinthians before worship using the Lectio Divina method. An ancient way of reading and hearing scripture, Lectio Divina comes from the Roman Catholic tradition and involves reading passages 3 times with silence in between to reflect and feel the spirit's movement. During this time, we invite you to pray, to read the context of the passage, to write, or to use provided materials to make art since God is able to speak to us through all sorts of media! Bible study will be suspended during July and August when worship is held at 10am. Hope to have you join us!
4th Sundays at First Presbyterian Church is a new initiative that involves every one of us! In an effort to grow we are asking that you bring a friend or extended family members, call someone who hasn't been at church in a while, or invite your friends on social media ! Most importantly: plan on being here for worship yourself. If you're someone who is a casual church-goer, a busy parent, or a person with a lot of weekend social commitments, mark your calendars and make an effort to be with the community of faith at least this one day. We will be sure to make the place especially hospitable and will prepare worship with visitors in mind. The next 4th Sunday is: May 27th
The Ritual Exchange (a ministry of First Presbyterian Church) in partnership with the Won Dharma Center invite you to celebrate Dharmachakriya or "Buddha's Birthday" on May 8th at 6pm at Stable Gate Farm and Winery in Castleton, NY.
Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima & Buddha Day is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists all over the world. While, the traditional date is May 29th, for this year, we will hold it sooner. It is a commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
The evening's ritual, presented by our friends at the Won Dharma Center, will focus on the Lotus flower which symbolizes the Buddha as he teaches how to be in the world, but not defiled by the world like a lotus in a filthy pond. The message will draw parallels from other faith traditions such as Christianity and Islam.
Hosted by the Won Dharma Retreat Center With the help of Post Modern Ritual Exchange, Hudson NY + Stable Gate Dharma Collective
Its with the utmost awe and reverence that we celebrate Shakyamuni Buddhas BIRTHDAY!!!
Join us on May 18th for the third installation of our series of "Parable Field Trips" at First Presbyterian Church! Rev. Beilke will host us in this reflection on the famous metaphor for Christ at her home in Stuyvesant and we will walk together to her neighbor's sheep pasture to take part in sheering of the herd. With the purpose of partaking in a more fully embodied experience of the parables, we hope to share a more intimate glimpse in the worldview of that the 1st century agrarian audience of the bible. Hope to have you join us!
Whether you are a visitor, occasional worshipper, long-time member, elder or staff - everyone at First Presbyterian Church is invited to join together with brothers and sisters in christ for a day of rest in the Lord and discussion of the ministry of First Pres. With gratitude for the gracious hospitality of Susan Rice, delicious food and scenic views, we will be hosted at her home in Greene County. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Join with Hudson Muslim Youth in partnership with the Ritual Exchange on May 26th at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church for prayer and potluck as a conclusion to our community-wide day of fasting! In solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters during this holy season of Ramadan, people of all faiths, no faith, and everything in between are invited from sunrise to sunset to abstain from eating and drinking (unless you are sick, on medication that requires you to eat, pregnant, or nursing -please find an alternative fast). Then please join together at 7:30 in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church (369 Warren St) for a gathering to break our fast.
At this gathering you’re invited to participate in:
Ablution – The Hudson Muslim Youth will teach us this ritual washing before prayer which includes washing of hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head, and feet with water.
Breaking of Fast and a Call to Prayer – At Sundown, everyone will be invited to come together and simultaneously eat a date (as is tradition) and drink water to break their fast together as one. Then, facing east towards Mecca, we will be called to prayer by one of our Muslim leaders. This requires kneeling so if you can, please bring a prayer rug, yoga mat, or even a towel. We will have some extras to provide but not a lot.
Iftar – Meal eaten after sundown. We will be sharing a community potluck. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share (this makes it easiest for those who practice Kosher or Halal restrictions).
Your complete participation in this act of solidarity is a meaningful gesture to our local Muslim community that we stand with and support them for the fullness of who they are and what they believe and practice.