Originally titled, “Breathings on the Border,” the hymn now known as “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” first appeared as a poem in 1872, submitted for publication three years after the death of the 39-year-old author, Elizabeth Cecilia Douglas Clephane. This hymn, largely believed to be very personal and autobiographical, will provide the preaching theme for our Wednesday evenings Vespers series throughout Lent.
Midweek Lenten Vespers begins with a soup supper at 6:15 PM, and continues with the vesper liturgy at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you here as we contemplate the meaning of our Lord’s Cross, and sharpen our awareness of our need for a Savior. All are welcome!
LAUDATE DOMINUM: Music in the Beauty of Holiness
ALL SAINTS DAY CHORAL CONCERT Featuring the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of Father Thomas Soroka. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 4:00 PM
LIGHT-UP NIGHT CHORAL VESPERS Featuring the children and youth choirs of First Church offering prayers for the City of Pittsburgh. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 6:00 PM
SECOND ANNUAL VICTORIAN VESPERS Celebrating Advent and the 19th Century heritage of First Church with organ and choral music of the Victorian Era. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 at 4:00 PM
GERMAN CHRISTMAS SERVICE (WEINACHTGOTTESDIENST) Featuring the Gloria Dei Ringers and traditional German choral and instrumental music. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 at 4:00 PM
ORGAN RECITAL: METRO MUSICALE Featuring the musicians of Downtown Pittsburgh’s historic houses of worship. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 4:00 PM
TRANSFIGURATION CHORAL VESPERS Featuring the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, Dr. Mark A. Boyle, Musical Director. SUNDAY, MARCH 3 at 4:00 PM
HAVERFORD HIGH CHORAL CONCERT Featuring the award-winning concert choir of Haverford High School, Philadelphia. SUNDAY, APRIL 7 at 2:00 PM
On January 31, 2016, the congregation of First Lutheran Church began the important work of preserving our nearly 130-year-old church building through the five-year, $1.5 million capital campaign, Reverence My Sanctuary. Together in love, we embark on this journey to tend to the physical needs of our sanctuary.
Our 180-year history as a congregation reflects a welcoming community of faith that proclaims the Good News of Jesus in word and deed. We look forward to the preservation of this holy house, and the creation of new and innovative spaces within it, that will enable us to expand our ministry to the city for many years to come.
Please take a few minutes to review our plans and consider how you can help. And check back often for project updates.
Click here to watch video and learn more about our Capital Campaign
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May God give us glad and generous hearts that we may pledge to this work the gifts he has given to each of us.
Check out our progress below: