Seasons of Worship


Services during the Advent season are united around a central theme as we explore the season’s meaning and anticipate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ together.  One Sunday during Advent is dedicated to special programming involving all segments of our church population.

Christmas Eve –

Two candlelight services are held to observe the arrival of our Savior.

4 p.m. – designed especially for families, this services features prayers, scripture a message and special music.

7 p.m. – This service features prayers, scripture a message and music leadership by the organ, Sanctuary Choir and special music.


Ash Wednesday:  “The Gateway to Lent” begins the 40 days to face ourselves and the ways we have not done as God desires.  We are dust, and to dust we shall return, but with God’s grace we can repent from our sinfulness, experience forgiveness, and learn to live this life more faithfully, allowing God to transform us.  The sign of the cross with ashes is placed on the forehead of worshipers, and communion is by intinction (dip bread in cup).  (Participation is optional.)

Ecumenical Lenten Worship Six downtown churches collaborate for Lenten worship at Noon on Wednesdays.  Participating pastoral leaders and their church hosts include First Presbyterian, First Baptist, St. John’s UCC, Wesley United Methodist, First Congregational and Christ Episcopal.   The offering collected is given to a local charity. A soup and sandwich meal ($3.50) follows worship.

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday: Nearing the end of his ministry, Jesus went to Jerusalem with his entourage.  People laid palm branches on the road before him and greeted him as the long-awaited Messiah, shouting, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”    Celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem by waving palm branches in processional during worship.  First Presbyterian uses Eco-Palms which are purchased directly from the harvesters, improving standards of living for growers and protecting forests.   Palm Sunday is celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 worship services   Children are invited to meet in Fellowship Hall at 10:15 to participate in the Palm Procession.

Maundy Thursday:  Remember the night before Jesus died, when he shared a “last supper” with his friends and washed their feet as a sign of the “new commandment”.  Communion is celebrated around the table in small groups.  Wash the hands or feet of your friends as a sign of service to and love for one another (participation is optional).     Two worship services are held on Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday:  Called “good” because of all the wonder and meaning that flowed from it, this is the day when Jesus was handed over to trial, tortured, forced to carry his cross through the streets of Jerusalem, nailed to the cross at Calvary, and allowed to die a slow and agonizing death there, while crowds mocked him and his disciples hid in fear.  Candles and lights are extinguished as we progress through scripture and song.


The women went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint the body, but found the stone was rolled away.   “He is not here!”  Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection! Greet one another with “Christ is risen!” and reply “He is risen indeed!”  Sanctuary Choir leads worship at both services. Members and visitors are invited to join the Sanctuary Choir for a benediction response of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Brunch is hosted by Session Elders between 8:30 and 10:30 worship services on Easter Sunday.  Children search for Easter eggs following the 10:30 worship.

Contact Us

First Presbyterian Church
233 West Ave South
La Crosse WI 54601

Phone: 608.784.4248
Fax: 608.784.1091

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Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm

(September – May)

Sunday Worship

8:30am Chapel Worship

9:30am Education Hour

10:30am Sanctuary Worship