Worship on Sunday,
Otis Moss III preaching
Livestream and in person
Rocky Supinger preaching | Jazz at Four | Communion
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This Sunday, October 24, at 10:00 a.m. we look forward to welcoming guest preacher Dr. Otis Moss III, who has been recognized as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World” by Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. Dr. Moss, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, will be with us as we continue to give thanks for the treasured relationships Fourth Church has with other congregations.
Also during the 10:00 a.m. service that day we will have the first live performance of “A New Heaven and a New Earth,” an anthem by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen that was commissioned by Fourth Church in honor of our 150th anniversary. We also look forward to using for the first time that Sunday new Ordinary Time banners commissioned to celebrate our sesquicentennial.
In addition to worshiping in person at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, we livestream our morning worship service each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (Central). (The organ prelude begins at approximately 9:45 a.m.) If the 10:00 time does not fit your schedule, our services are also available to view later in the day and week.
We share Sunday services via www.bit.ly/FPCworship, Facebook Live, and—for those who use smart TVs or TV streaming devices—via our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) at 10:00 a.m. (Central).
Those who do not have Internet access can listen via the phone by dialing 888.916.9166 at the time of the service.
The Sunday, October 24 worship bulletin is available here to download.
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“Called to Be a Church Alive,” our 2022 stewardship campaign for Fourth Church and Chicago Lights is underway. Please submit your 2022 pledge—which you can make online or by downloading this pledge form and returning it to the church—by Reformation Sunday, October 31, when we also celebrate Commitment Sunday and all we are able to do together through our generous response to God’s blessings in our lives.
How is the church a productive citizen? What is the church’s responsibility to the community? What challenges lie before us in 2021 and beyond?
A November 9 Michigan Avenue Forum at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary (and also livestreamed at www.bit.ly/fpcprograms) will explore these questions, as notable church and community speakers join in looking at Fourth Church’s history as a citizen of Chicago.
Moderated by Lucy Forster-Smith, this panel discussion will bring together Shannon Kershner; Pastor Emeritus John Buchanan; Felicia Davis, President and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women; and William Schweiker, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, for conversation about “Is the Church a Light in the City? Faith in the Twenty-First Century.”
Then on Saturday morning, November 13 at 8:30 a.m. we will continue the discussion with curated in-depth, in-person conversations, when we gather in the Gratz Center for “The Church in the City: The Next 150 Years.”
This opportunity to further explore the topics discussed on Tuesday will invite participants to exchange ideas in breakout-group conversations led by Fourth Church members and program partners focusing on arts and culture, community, racial justice and diversity, equity and inclusion, and well-being.
The congregation of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was officially dedicated in worship on the morning of February 12, 1871. So on the second Sunday of February 2021 we kicked off our sesquicentennial celebration!
Throughout this year, we invite you to read our short monthly historical accounts as well as letters from Chicago’s faith leaders. We also encourage you to view greetings from Fourth Church friends from across the globe and memories from pastors who formerly served at Fourth Church. These collections grow over the months and can be found on our 150th page: www.fourthchurch.org/150
Join us on Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. when we will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the dedication of the Andrew Pipe Organ and John W. W. Sherer’s twenty-fifth anniversary as Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church.
To mark the occasion, organist Aaron David Miller will present a concert in the Sanctuary, which will also be livestreamed. Included in the program will be the premier of “Sonata for a Sacred Space,” a composition by Aaron David Miller commissioned by the congregation in celebration of Dr. Sherer’s twenty-five years of ministry at Fourth Church.
Our autumn series of the popular “Rhythm and Word: Midweek Music and Prayer” videos shares new ways of bringing together the sacred and everyday life. This fifteen-minute midweek worship experience weaves together scripture, prayer, and music offered by the Fourth Church Jazz Quartet, with a new video made available on Wednesday evenings.
You can watch the videos by clicking above, or subscribe to our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos) and watch the videos there or receive them by email (sign up at www.bit.ly/rhythmandwordemail).
If you have watched the videos and are responding to the invitations extended there, you can send us your prayer requests here and you can make a gift here to support the mission and ministry of Fourth Church.
We hope you will join us over the lunch hour at 12:10 p.m. on Fridays for our weekly Noonday Concerts, whether in person in the Sanctuary or online for the livestream at www.bit.ly/fpcprograms, our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos), or Facebook Live.
For those joining us in person, please note that everyone is required to wear a mask during the entirety of their time on the Fourth Church campus.
Our October performances conclude with an organ concert by our Organist John Sherer on October 29.
Website banner photo: The fountain in the Michigan Avenue courtyard, which was a gift from architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1914, the year the Sanctuary and Parish House buildings were dedicated.