stained-glassWelcome to Our Church!
We are a diverse congregation united as one in Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity and embrace our unity in Christ. We welcome everyone and believe that when you come to church it is evidence of God’s Holy Spirit at work in your life. We celebrate what God is doing in your life and among us!

What we believe

As a member of the Presbyterian Church USA, we believe:

TRINITY

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God the Father who is the creator of all

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who redeems us

Holy Spirit our Sustainer who is God’s presence and power within us

BIBLE

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Our church confesses the Scriptures to be the Word of God written, witnessing to God’s self-revelation.

Sacraments

We celebrate two sacraments:

Baptism

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 Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)

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These are two acts in which Jesus participated and instructed his disciples to observe and therefore we uphold them as holy sacraments.

Worship

SUNDAY WORSHIP: We are now open for worship in the sanctuary on Sundays at 11am.  Face masks are optional, however if you have recently been exposed to Covid or are having cold or flu-like symptoms, please wear a mask or join us online. We will also continue to provide an online worship service for those who want to join us this way.

ONLINE WORSHIP: We hope you will join us for worship, either in person or on YouTube.  The live-streaming on YouTube will begin at 11:05am on Sundays.   For YouTube use the following access code (please note that you may have to type the date into “search” on the YouTube channel to find the worship service on the day it was recorded.  Sometimes it takes awhile before it appears in the offerings):
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMreAEVbvl0wVkZQeab1tcA

OFFERINGS: Tithes and Offerings may be mailed to the church: First Presbyterian Church, 719 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, PA 15110.
* We also have a Cash App, $duquesnepresby, if you would like to donate online (please specify in the memo if you want your money to go to our General Fund, Covid Relief fund, M&M Capital Campaign or other missions.  If nothing is specified, it will go to the general fund).

PRAYER REQUESTS: Names and situations may be placed on the prayer list by leaving a message at the church, 412-469-0750, or email judislater@gmail.com

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WORSHIP BULLETIN for December 4, 2022

Call to Worship: 
L: A voice of one calling:
P: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; 
L: make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” 
All: Let us worship God!

HYMN: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

Prayer of Confession: 
God of glory, you sent Jesus among us as the Light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that with our sin and pride we try to hide the brightness of your Light. We get so caught up in the busyness of the holiday that we forget it is your love for us in Jesus Christ that is at the heart of Christmas. We readily see the ways in which our lives are lacking and miss the joy of your presence with us even now. We are so focused on ourselves that we fail to serve you by serving others. In your mercy forgive us and cleanse us of our sin. Fill us with your Spirit, that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory shining in the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Silent Prayer (Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”)
Assurance of Pardon

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Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5
New Testament Reading: Matthew 3:1-12

Children’s Message

Anthem: “Come From Heaven Above”

Sermon by Rev. Judi Slater, “Seeking a Vision of God”

Affirmation of Faith: (The Apostles’ Creed)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

The Passing of the Peace (“May the peace of Christ be with you.”

Presentation of Offerings
*Prayer of Dedication:
Holy God, may these offerings prepare the way for the glory of your kingdom to shine brightly in our lives and in the world. Amen
*Doxology

The Invitation to the Lord’s Supper
Communion Prayer/ Lord’s Prayer
The Sharing of the Bread and Cup
The Grace

HYMN: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

The Charge and Benediction
Congregational Response (“Threefold Amen”)
Organ Postlude

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 Daily Prayer of Commitment:

  • God, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please be glorified in my life today, for I wish to glorify you.
  • Jesus, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please take me by the hand and lead me today, for I wish to follow you.
  • Holy Spirit, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please fill me with your love today, for I wish to be a part of your presence in the world.

Upcoming Events

Sunday school for all ages! October 2, November 6, December 4 at 10-11am
We will hold Sunday school the first Sunday of the month. Preschool aged children must be accompanied by and adult.

Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 29th (3:30-5:30pm)
Free of charge – treats, yard games, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult.

Remembrance Sunday, November 6th at the 11:00am worship
People will be invited to light a candle in memory of loved ones who are at the table of our Lord on the other side.

Bible Study & Prayer – Thursdays at 7:00-8:15pm via Zoom (contact judislater@gmail.com for the Zoom link)

Videos from the Social Justice Series for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Series, held in January 2022, are available to view.  Email judislater@gmail.com for the link. 

Senior Food Box distribution day is the 3rd Wednesday of each month (10am-12noon) for income qualifying senior citizens. Seniors may also sign up for this program at that time.
*We will continue the Food Box distributions during this difficult time.  Food boxes will be distributed in the church parking lot so people will not have to get out of their cars.

Ministry Team

judi-steve-minPASTOR – Judi Slater

Dr. Judith Slater has served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne since her ordination in 1992. Prior to her ordination, Pastor Judi served for six years as the Youth Director at Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh.  She is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, receiving her Masters of Divinity degree in 1991 and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011.

Pastor Judi is married to Stephen Slater, a funeral director, who also serves as an elder of the church.  They are the proud parents of three grown children.  Their daughter, Jennifer, is a licensed family therapist and is married to Matthew and they have given their parents the best gifts ever, a granddaughter, Ellie and a grandson, Jack.  Steve and Judi have a son, Nicholas, who is a controller of a manufacturing plant (and also serves as tech support to his mom who is technologically challenged) and is married to Jena and they have provided them with the best gifts ever, a granddaughter, Sophie and a grandson, Alex.  Their son, Drew, is also a funeral director and works with his dad (often serving as a marriage ref for Steve and Judi since he is around them so much) and is married to Regina and they have provided additional best gifts ever, grandsons, Brett and Bennett.  Pastor Judi loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Pastor Judi has a passion for youth ministry and enjoys helping young people and adults come to know the Lord, grow in their faith and live their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. She has a special interest in ministry in economically challenged communities and her hope for the ministry in Duquesne is that we can lift up the positive things that God is doing and join in with God’s kingdom work in Duquesne. Her joy is in the Lord and she is grateful for all that God has done for her!

mary yearsleySTUDENT PASTOR – Mary Yearsley

Mary Yearsley was born and raised in Swissvale, PA where she still resides.  She is the youngest of four children and has several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mary graduated from Robert Morris University and accepted a position at PNC where she still works and just celebrated her 40th year in August (her day job!!).  Mary graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree.  She also completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.  She has completed the Gestalt Pastoral Care Foundations Course and has attended several Opening to Grace workshops.  Mary is currently working on ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Mary went to Malawi for 3 weeks in 1999 on a Mission Trip with the Pittsburgh Presbytery and to Mexico for a week with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2003.

In addition to all of her church activities, Mary volunteers with Make-A-Wish, two Hospice Agencies, and is a Babyholder for the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center.  Mary is also a Stephen Minister at Presbyterian Senior Care and the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne.

Jesus has always been a part of Mary’s life although her journey changed while Mary was serving as a Deacon at her home church in Swissvale in 1999.  It was then that Mary’s call to ministry was confirmed, her call to that of Chaplaincy and Small Church Ministry – especially Hospice Chaplaincy.  Mary is called to help those that need a helping hand and who may not have the tools they need to succeed in life.  Mary shares the love of Jesus with all.