Sunday Worship on Zoom
8:30am: Early Church

Sunday Morning Schedule

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 mid-2021 and all in-person church meetings and gatherings will be held online.

You are invited!

You are invited…

First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto gatherings on Zoom on Sunday’s at 10:00am.

This is not a livestream where you watch worship, but an interactive worship experience where we will engage with one another in building community, seeking justice, growing in our Christian faith.

  • 9:30 Bruce will be on in case there are tech needs
  • 10:00 We begin our worship


  • Register on Zoom (You will only have to do this once)
  • Bring Communion Elements (Anything that you can eat and a liquid into which you will dip or drink)
  • Be open to whatever the spirit might have in store for us


  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Centering Chime and Silence
  • Invitation to Chat and Passing of the Peace
  • Scripture Reading
  • Reflection and Chat
  • Music Reflection
  • Prayers of the People and Prayer of Jesus
  • Communion
  • Closing Silence
  • Charge and Benediction

Let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you soon!

Upon our return to in-person gatherings, our Sunday schedule will return to the following:

8:30–9:30 AM  Early Church in the Chapel

Early Church is an intimate worship experience. It is a venture in “creating church,” taking its name from its gathering time (early on Sunday mornings) and its aspiration (to capture the spirit of the earliest Christians). This service features prayer, music, and discussion of the lectionary text for the day.

NOTE: Early Church is also currently meeting over Zoom; please contact for the Zoom link.

10–11 AM  Communal Worship in the Sanctuary

Our larger service is open to all ages and features prayers, choir anthems, hymns, Scripture readings, a sermon (the prompting), and an offering. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month, where all are welcome to the table. After worship, we enjoy snacks and conversation in the back of the sanctuary.

10:15–11 AM  Sunday School in the Classrooms

During the school year, children (pre-K through middle school) are invited to leave the service and attend a Sunday School class.  Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary before the worship service ends. Children are always welcome to remain with their family in the worship service. For more information, click here.

11 AM  ADULT EDUCATION IN the Sanctuary

The format varies; these could be “talk-backs” with the sermon presenter, conversations with invited guests or study series on topics relevant to our congregation. On some Sundays there may also be opportumities for letter-writing or special signups/collections. Snacks and coffee are provided.

Before joining us on Sunday, you might want to check out this map of our church campus.