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Spring. It's a time for beginnings, for cleaning out the old and ushering in the new. Maybe that means stretching your mind by taking advantage of a new learning opportunity.  Asbury First can help.

Easter this year is Sunday, March 27, and Asbury First is featuring a variety of opportunities for worship and reflection in the week leading up to the holy day. GO HERE for a downloadable PDF of our Holy Week schedule.

Palm Sunday
March 20
Our regular services will be held at 8:30 (traditional worship), 10:00 (brief communion service) and 11:00 (traditional worship) a.m; palms will be distributed to all.

Maundy Thursday
March 24
Silent Meditation (6:30 p.m.), Tenebrae Service (7:30 p.m.)
The sanctuary opens at 6:30 p.m. for silent meditation. Living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ will be presented in the chancel during this time. The Tenebrae service at 7:30 includes Holy Communion, followed by a candlelight presentation depicting the betrayal and flight of Jesus' disciples. The service begins in dim light, progressively grows darker, and concludes with a re-enactment of Roman soldiers leading the Christ-figure on a procession with the cross from the high altar to its implantation in front of the church along East Avenue.

Good Friday
March 25

  • Informal Holy Communion, 6:00 a.m.

In company with the Men's Prayer Group, all are invited to receive Holy Communion in the Sanctuary.


  • Envisioning the Passion, 12 noon

This service will captivate you with its use of religious art and meaningful Lenten Scripture readings to heighten your experience of Christ's ultimate gift to humanity. Accompanied by music for chamber choir, organ, and soloists. Voices Chamber Choir, under the leadership of Asbury First's Director of Music, Dr. William Weinert, will be participating. 


  • Family Prayer Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Come and go as you wish to this family-friendly event: visit prayer stations and take Communion in the Gathering Center throughout the evening.

Easter Sunday
March 27

  • Easter Sunrise Service

6:30 a.m., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street, 14620.

Asbury First is one of the co-sponsors, along with CRCDS, Third Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of a sunrise service on Easter morning. All are welcome. Service lasts approximately half an hour.


  • 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

Our traditional Easter Sunday services will be celebrated with festive vocal and instrumental music on a grand scale, and preaching of the Good News of Christ's resurrection and redemption of the world.

  • 10:00 a.m. Worship Service

A brief communion service (no sermon) in the chancel (front altar area) of the church.


Lenten Classes Help Us Grow in Faith and Understanding

What are your plans for Lent? This holy season offers a great time to grow in our understanding of God's role in our life, and our role in the lives of our neighbors. At Asbury First, two Lenten classes will help us to take a look at aspects of our faith experience.

Yoga for Two & Chocolate Tasting at Asbury First

Asbury First is planning a unique pre-Valentine's Day event on Friday, February 12 from 6-8 pm: a session of light yoga designed for partners of all sorts, followed by a chocolate tasting.

During the mid-winter school break this February, Asbury First invites the children to join us on "Moose Mountain," for a camp-themed mini-VBS!

Since 9/11, our political climate has created much interest in Islam, but mainstream media often responds with sweeping generalizations and easy stereotypes. Mara Ahmed's 2008 documentary, The Muslims I Know, offers a counterpoint to this. 

We have all struggled to make sense of the violence that has been tragically evident in our city and our nation this year. In response, Asbury First will lead a coalition of churches, temples and other houses of worship, along with non-profit agencies, in a musical event called "City SIng: For Peace and Unity" on December 20.

Each year we gather on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to give thanks for all that God has given us, and to pass on our gratitude in the form of items to support our outreach ministries – something we call our "Thanksgiving In-Gathering." On this day, we also consecrate our pledges for 2016 to God, and give thanks for the generosity of our members in keeping the church's ministries vital and active in the coming year.

You are invited to review the list of needed items below, and join with others in bringing a gift of any of these items to services on November 22. That day, at the offertory, we will bring forward our gifts and present them at the altar. This year, our ministries are in need of the following:

For the Dining and Caring Center:

  • adult hats, gloves and scarves
  • coffee
  • sugar
  • grits
  • toilet paper.

For the Storehouse:

  • children's gloves and mittens

For the Grocery Bag Ministry:

  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • canned soup
  • peanut butter
  • jams and jellies
  • canned tuna
  • pasta and pasta sauce

The youth of Asbury First, under the direction of Larry Dugan, are presenting the musical Children of Eden on November 13, 14, and 15.


Asbury First is holding several "town hall" style meetings to talk about the future of our faith family. God is at work in our wonderful community – how shall we respond?