Sunday Worship on Zoom


NOTE: You can read our complete statement here, but in short, out of an abundance of caution and care for our congregation and the surrounding Palo Alto community, First Presbyterian Church will not be gathering in person until 2021 and all in-person church meetings and gatherings will be held online.

Music is an important component of Presbyterian worship services, touching our hearts and spirits in a unique way.  The worship service at First Pres usually includes organ and piano music, anthems sung by an adult choir and hymns sung by the congregation.  Occasionally classical and jazz instrumental groups accompany or replace the choir, and sometimes our children and youth get in on the act! See below for upcoming opportunities open to all.


Virtual Talent Show – August 7, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Everyone is welcome to participate in our Zoom talent show happening on Friday August 7 at 7:30pm. Please join us and share your talents: playing a musical instrument, singing, a poetry reading, telling a short story, a family skit, dance, presenting artwork yo’ve made, etc. etc. I know you all have many different talents! The show will be open to all ages and ability levels. The object of the show is to have fun in a very relaxed environment! There will also be a dress rehearsal, date and time TBD, to ensure everything runs smoothly. I’d imagine the length of each performance will run no longer than 5 minutes. If you would like to participate, or have any questions at all, please contact me at

New Virtual Choir Anthem for Homecoming Sunday, September 13, 2020!

After the success of the choir’s first virtual anthem, the choir is planning to sing Pepper Choplin’s anthem We Are Not Alone as a virtual choir for Homecoming Sunday, September 13. It would be wonderful to have a larger choir this time. Many choir members sang two parts the first time, if you were wondering why you saw the same person twice in the video. For instance, some would sing soprano and alto, and some tenor and bass.

Therefore, I am inviting all of you from the congregation to consider singing for the Homecoming anthem. Perhaps you love to sing, but don’t want to make a larger committment to sing in the choir. This would be a wonderful opportunity to sing and share your gifts for a single event. For the virtual choir, you would make a video recording of yourself at home and submit the recording to a link that will be given out. Your video will then be made into a larger video collage of all the videos to produce a “virtual choir”. The First Pres choir members found the process daunting at first, but agreed that it was a really fun and rewarding experience! If you are interested in singing or have any questions at all, please contact me at I will be happy to walk you through the process. 

Adult Choir

Main Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7-9pm, September-June on Zoom.

The choir is a dedicated group of volunteers passionate about singing and eager to make our worship services more meaningful through music. Members are also devoted to each other in fellowship. Anyone who has an eagerness to provide his or her voice in praising God is welcome to join the choir! All voices and all ages from high-school on up are welcome.

The choir is currently off for the summer. Rehearsals will begin over Zoom on September 3. Although the choir hasn’t been meeting Sunday mornings to sing, they have been working on virtual choir anthems and other exciting projects!

If you are interested in joining, at any time of the year, please contact Andy, or (650)-325-5659, ext. 107.

Lent and Advent Services

During Lent and Advent we hold a series of short musical services on a weekday evening. We meet by candlelight, sit in silence interspersed with readings and music. In Lent we use Taize music and in Advent we hold Jazz Vespers. These meditative services help us renew our strength and concentrate on the meaning of these waiting times in our liturgical year.