Sunday, November 5th at 4 p.m.

Join us for our special Service of Remembrance and Celebration honoring the Saints and comforting the bereaved on Sunday, November 5th at 4 p.m. Share the names of loved ones you have lost (or anyone mourning a loss) to be prayed for by name during the service. Our Sanctuary Choir jointly with the Grace Presbyterian Church Choir will offer appropriate anthems, solos, and ensembles, alternated with scripture and hymns meant to accompany God’s healing grace. We end in a Celebration of Life, as Gaines Brake’s quartet, The Red Mountain Jazz Collective, leads the congregation in a “second line” (New Orleans style!) into Warner Hall for a festive reception. Ask anyone who has attended before – you do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind service.

Scroll down to watch services from previous years and know what to expect.

Who among us has not experienced a loss in the past year?


…the death of a parent, grandparent, friend, or pet?

…an opportunity we hoped would work out that didn’t?

…a decline in health, or seeing a loved one’s health and mobility limited?

…an overwhelming sadness as we empathize with victims of tragedy?


What helps?  Corporate worship.

  •  It’s the reason gatherings and services were arranged just after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
  • It’s the reason we arrange for a funeral or a memorial service to honor the life of someone who has died.
  • It’s why we are drawn to the symbolism and mystery in our church’s liturgy.


What else helps? Music.

  •  Contemplative hymns and anthems that cause use to think and feel more deeply.
  • Embracing sorrow as well as comfort as we hear scripture differently when it is set to music.
  • Music that celebrates life – our own lives and the lives of those who have passed before us.  We become more secure in our faith, knowing that we will see one another again on the other side.

How can the members of our congregations and community experience these things that help?  Show up.


When that Dixieland Band and Second Line came into Warner Hall,

I just started crying…but happy tears!

- Kit Moss, First Presbyterian Church


All are invited to our unique All Saints’ Afternoon Service:

Sunday, November 5, 2023, 4:00 PM

Honoring the Saints and Comforting the Bereaved

with the Combined Choirs of First Presbyterian Church and

Grace Presbyterian Church

Watch the videos below from previous services to see what to expect!