First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette

A Place to Experience, Explore, and Express the Love of God

Come and worship!

First Presbyterian Church embraces a deep and abiding tradition of sacred music and liturgy.

Meet and Greet:  Join us on Sundays at 10:30a in the kitchen and fellowship hall for a time of fellowship before worship. We proudly serve Equal Exchange Coffee as a part of our commitment to fair trade, economic justice, and really good coffee! Baked goods from home cooked, store bought, or sometimes locally local bakeries will also be available.

Worship:                                                                                                                  Join us on Sundays at 11:00a for a vibrantly traditional service of worship!

Though we follow a traditional order, we do not worship our traditions. Our service is grounded in scripture, and we believe the Bible to be the authoritative and sufficient Word of God. Our order reflects an experience of gathering around the Word, receiving the Word, and bearing the Word into the world. 

Within our order we often reflect on the scriptures in a variety of ways including occasional dramatic readings, dynamic music, and other expressions of faithfulness. We have a vibrant choir with a wide repertoire ranging from Spirituals to Baroque and beyond! 

Come worship with us and be wrapped in the warmth of tradition and sounds of joyful praise!

Annual Services:                                                                                                  While we enjoy a position on the Mardi Gras parade route, we begin a season of preparation for Easter with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. We often offer Lenten programs leading up to the Sunday prior to Easter, when we offer a reading of the Palm and Passion narrative interspersed with special choral music. We typically share a Eucharistic Fellowship on Maunday Thursday (the Thursday prior to Easter) that includes a worshipful meal and the extinguishing of candles in the tradition of a Tenebrae. We follow this time of reflection with a Good Friday worship service. All of this leads up to a celebratory Easter Sunday with special musicians from the community joining us for worship.

Every October we have a service led by congregation members we refer to as Laity Sunday. This service is a demonstration of who we are as a faith community and of our mutual responsibility to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh, and it's a really convenient opportunity to have some really good BBQ!

In November we share a Thanksgiving Meal and Worship Service for those far from loved ones want to gather for table fellowship and offering thanks to God for all the blessings of the previous year. In December we often dedicate one Sunday of Advent to a Lessons and Carols style worship service. We move toward Christmas with the lighting of the Advent Wreath in worship, and we celebrate the nativity of Jesus with a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.