The church is called to worship. As God in Christ has given himself for us, so we are called to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship (Romans 12: 1). It is essential that God's people meet together for worship. In the proclamation and hearing of the Word, in the washing with water and in the sharing of the bread and the cup, God in Christ comes to meet us and we offer ourselves in thanksgiving to God. In the worship of the gathered community, we both witness to and participate in the redeeming work of God in Christ.
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During the summer months, we conduct an outdoor service in addition to our regular indoor service. Worshipers stay in their cars or sit in the adjacent Clee Park while the minister preaches from an outdoor pulpit. This half-hour service is popular both with families with children and the elderly as well as for those who may be new to church.
A variety of guest musicians provide a ministry of music each Sunday-- from bagpipers to folk guitar to singers.
Each year the Drive-in Committee designates the offering to go to a special ministry. Past recipients have included the Urban Day Camp at First Church; the Kibera Sosep School in Kibera, Kenya; Camp Fowler in the Adirondaks; "Peace at Pearl" series of evening services in Clee Park adjacent to the church.
This year the special offerings received at the Drive-In Worship have been designated for Koinonia Community/Compassion in Action, a ministry providing access to quality primary care and mental health services for the underserved in West Hill and surrounding neighborhoods in Albany.
The Drive-In Committee provides readers and ushers each Sunday.
Reaching out to better serve the congregation of the First Church in Albany and the Capital District as a whole, our first Drive-in Worship Service was held on Easter Sunday, 1974.
Nice article in the Daily Gazette, August 24, 2014.
Nice article in the Times Union, July 15, 2013.