First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Some dates to put on your calendar now:

1. This year's Good Friday service (see below), hosted annually by our family of faith, is April 3.  Because of last year's attendance, we have moved the service from the chapel to the sanctuary.  Don't cheat anyone!  Invite!  Welcome!  Include!  Agape!

2. With Karen, Fred, and Ric taking the lead, our family of faith has resurrected the annual community patriotic service to be observed on June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Belvidere Community Building.

3. With Darlene and Donna's help and encouragement,  Greater Chicago's Spirit of Life Chorus, featuring a 75+ member choir, will be on the corner of L&M on December 6 at 4:30 p.m. for a community Christmas concert.

Another note:

Annually reviewed by Blackhawk Presbytery and available to anyone, minutes of Blackhawk Presbytery and our Deacons and Session meetings are not mailed to anyone but always available for review on site; and, remember, any meeting of deacons or elders or Blackhawk Presbytery, apart from executive sessions, are open to anyone's attendance.  There are no secrets or sneakiness in the Kingdom (see John 3:19-21). 

Blessings and Love!

A Service for the Worship of God

Good Friday

April 3, 2015

“The Seven Last Words of Jesus”

First Word


“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:34
Dale Anderson, Pastor, First Assembly of God

Second Word
12:20 p.m.
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:43
Brian Phillips, Pastor, The Grove

Third Word
12:50 p.m.
“Woman, behold, your son!…Behold, your mother!”
John 19:26-27
Martha and Tomas Valladares, Pastors, Salvation Army

Fourth Word
1:20 p.m.
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34
Scott Nellis, Pastor, Evangelical Mission Covenant Church

Fifth Word
1:50 p.m.
“I thirst.”
John 19:28
Tom Linderman, Pastor, Grace Point Community Church

Sixth Word
2:20 p.m.
“Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit!”
Luke 23:46
Dan Pope, Pastor, Open Bible Church

Seventh Word
2:45 p.m.
“It is finished!”
John 19:30
Cory Whitford, Pastoral Staff, First Baptist Church

Thank you for worshipping with us today as we recall our Lord’s passion and meditate on His seven last words as guided by local pastors who love Jesus by the book.

Today’s offerings – please deposit them in the “Gifts for Ministry” box in the narthex – will be shared evenly between the Compassion Closet of St. James and First and Wounded Warriors.

It’s Friday!

But Sunday’s Coming!

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