802 12th St

Marion, IA 52302

Worship & Music

We take worship seriously at First Presbyterian. At the same time, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We strive for excellence in both our music and our preaching, keeping within the Reformed Tradition. Yet, we try to be open to the leading of God’s Spirit and responsive to the needs of the congregation.

Due to our number of choirs and music groups, each Sunday morning offers variety and interest. We offer two services during the fall, winter and spring, one at 9:00 and one at 11:00. Our 9:00 service is a traditional service with Reformed liturgy, usually with our pipe organ and our adult Chancel Choir. However our adult bell choir or one of our children’s choirs might well be featured in the anthem slot on any given Sunday.  We are blessed with many talented individuals, so it is not unusual for there to be a vocal or instrumental solo, as special music or for the offertory.  While we do use printed materials such as bulletins and hymnals in our traditional service, we do utilize screen technology during both services, especially during the sermons.

The word “synergy” means “working together.”  Our Synergy service is at 11:00 and is more contemporary in style.  We sing with a praise band and the words to the songs up on the screen. The sermon is usually the same as the traditional service, but overall feeling of this worship experience is a bit more relaxed.

While we do offer a nursery during worship, we enjoy and encourage children to attend, no matter how young. There is always a children’s time offered at both of our Sunday morning worship services.

From September through the end of May we offer two services on Sundays. During the summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day) we have one blended service (traditional and contemporary) at 9:00. Special services are held on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve.

Pentecost Celebration

We still worship in the octagon shaped sanctuary built in 1884, with its lovely classical stained glass windows. The current property was purchased in 1884 and the building was dedicated on September 27, 1885.

In 1992, FPC was listed in the National Historic Registry because of its unique architectural design. This registry is the official list of historic properties recognized by the Federal Government as worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. FPC is honored to be on the register and is committed to preserving our piece of history for all who will pass by and enter our doors.

To enrich the music in our worship, we have a two-manual, 17-rank Moller pipe organ, installed in 1951. We also have a Samick baby grand piano that is a great asset in accompanying special music.

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Upcoming Events

Tue 16

Adult Christian Education Committee

July 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 17


July 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fri 19

Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon

July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun 21


July 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sun 21

Christmas in July

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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