Worship Here and Now

In person worship has resumed in the meetinghouse. If not vaccinated against Covid 19 health guidelines suggest you wear a mask.

If for any reason you cannot be in church you can watch the service live each Sunday using the livestream feed on our Youtube page linked directly below. If you cannot watch live, each service is archived further down this page so you can view at any time you choose.

LIvestream begins at 11 am today–you are able to view this livestream content anytime during the day.

Sunday Worship livestream: Click here to attend

Related worship material for this Sunday’s service: Order of Service


Church meetings for this week: Click here to attend

In order to worship God, stay connected, and sustain our spirit with prayer and reflection here are some services of worship for you. Thanks to our church administrator, Nancy Andrews, our organist, Gene Marie Callahan, and our minister, Kenneth Clarke who together produce and coordinate this effort. As we move to the livestream we will post our latest livestream services below. Thanks to John Carson for his help and talent in making these livestreams possible!

You can play or download the content from this web page or you can use a podcast app (such as Spotify, Apple or Google podcast players–search for a podcast entitled “A Walk to Clio Hall”). The podcast is not being updated currently but there is material there for you from past services. One thing you might consider doing is to share these media with others who might be interested.

Current Services:

Ken Clarke, minister of the Old First Church delivers the Easter 2020 Sermon in Bennington. Photo by the only other person in the church, organist Gene Marie Callahan.

Our service for the Week of October 24, 2021

Livestream link for the October 24, 2021 Service: Attend here!

Order of Service and related material for October 24, 2021: Order of Service

Above is a link to supporting material for the October 24, 2021 worship service. Ways to view this material are to download and print the file as a traditional order of service or to open the file in a separate tab on the computer as you listen. The link should open as a new tab on your computer automatically.




Here are additional audio and video recordings of recent worship services at the Old First Church:

Sunday Worship, October 17, 2021 Livestream link for the October 17, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, October 10, 2021 Livestream link for the October 10, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, October 3, 2021 Livestream link for the October 3, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, September 26, 2021 Livestream link for the September 26, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material:
Order of Service

Sunday Worship, September 19, 2021 Livestream link for the September 19, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, September 12, 2021 Livestream link for the September 12, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related Material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, September 5, 2021 Livestream link for the September 5, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, August 29, 2021 Livestream link for the August 29, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, August 22, 2021 Livestream link: August 22, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, August 15, 2021 Livestream link: August 15, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, August 8, 2021 Livestream link: August 8, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, August 1, 2021 Livestream link: August 1, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, July 25, 2021 Livestream link: July 25, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, July 18, 2021 Livestream link: July 18, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, July 11, 2021 Livestream link: July 11, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, July 4, 2021: Livestream link: July 4, 2021 Service: Attend here! Related material: Order of Service

Sunday Worship, June 28, 2021:

Sunday Worship, June 20, 2021: June 20, 2021 Service

Sunday Worship, June 13, 2021: Livestream link: June 13, 2021

Sunday Worship, June 6, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/MjIUN4Du7T8

Sunday Worship, May 30, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/Swgf56fwpV0

Sunday Worship, May 23, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/ETe3fkyBGB8

Sunday Worship, May 16, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/tUfn_w3S_1M

Sunday Worship, May 9, 2021: Livestream link:

Sunday Worship, May 2, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/1FhgmWyjY7U

Sunday Worship, April 25, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/79FJ4mt3vCo

Sunday Worship, April 18, 2021

Order of Service for April 18, 2021

Sunday Worship, April 11, 2021: Livestream link: https://youtu.be/B0fNcXvlb2I

Easter Sunday Worship, April 4, 2021

Order of service and related material for April 4, 2021

Memorial Easter Lily listing

Worship material for the days before Easter, including Maunday Thursday and Good Friday

Below is an audio file with meditation materials for the time surrounding Maunday Thursday and Good Friday. It consists of the postlude from our Palm Sunday service (Alfred V. Fedak’s Six Variations on Pange Lingua) together with a reading of the Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:1-15:47) and concludes with a reading of Psalm 118. This is bracketed by the hymn tune O Sacred Head Now Wounded. The gospel narrative begins after the 12 minute mark.

Music and Scripture for Maunday Thursday and Good Friday
Organist and Vocalist, Gene Marie Callahan
Reader, Kenneth Clarke
Sunday Service, Palm Sunday March 28, 2021
Sermon Title: Time To Celebrate…Or Not?
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for March 28, 2021

Sunday Service, March 21, 2021
Sermon Title: Law Breaking and Other Adventures
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for March 21, 2021

Sunday Service, March 14, 2021
Sermon Title: Good Works
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for March 14, 2021

Sunday Service, March 7, 2021
Sermon Title: Write Your Own
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

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Order of Service and related material for March 7, 2021

Sunday Service, February 28, 2021
Sermon Title: Journeys
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for February 28, 2021

Sunday Service, February 21, 2021
Sermon Title: Swing Low
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for February 21, 2021

Sunday Service, February 7, 2021
Sermon Title: Staying Close By
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist: Gene Marie Callahan

Video of this Sunday’s service on Youtube: follow this link: https://youtu.be/YdTHBp31gGM

Order of Service and related material for February 14, 2021

Sunday Service, February 7, 2021

Sermon Title: A Guide for Faith
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for February 7, 2021

A New Feature for the Week of February 7th:
The link here will take you to our Youtube channel where you can see the service presented above. Just click
Youtube Sunday February 7th service

Sunday Service, January 31, 2021
Sermon Title: Prophets and Healers
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for January 31, 2021

Sunday Service, January 24, 2021 Short Version

Sermon Title: Our Work, Our Call
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for January 24, 2021

As a special feature this Sunday, we present an “extended version” of this week’s sermon. The reason is, frankly, that it ran a little long and also because a lot of the “extra” content is more centered around matters of biography that are more personal than some may want. The extended version is below. The sermon in this case should really be titled as follows:

The Other Galilee–Or A Recollection of Aunt Margaret

Extended Version: The Other Galilee
Sunday Service, January 17, 2021
Sermon Title: Call and Response
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for January 17, 2021

Sunday Service, January 10, 2021
Sermon Title: In the Beginning
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for January 10, 2021

Sunday Service, January 3, 2021
Sermon Title: Light
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for January 3, 2021

Sunday Service, December 27, 2020
Sermon Title: Guided By the Spirit
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for December 27, 2020

Sunday Service, December 20, 2020
Sermon Title: The Season’s Promise
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for December 20, 2020

Sunday Service, December 13, 2020
Sermon Title: Hold Fast to What Is Good
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for December 13, 2020

Sunday Service, December 6, 2020
Sermon Title: Expectation of the Dawn
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for December 6, 2020

Sunday Service, November 29, 2020
Sermon Title: The Day and the Hour
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for November 29, 2020

Sunday Service, Thanksgiving Sunday, November 22, 2020
Sermon Title: One in Ten
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for November 22, 2020

Sunday Service, November 15, 2020
Sermon Title: The Time of Judges
Minister, Kenneth Clarke
Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for November 15, 2020

Sunday Service, November 8, 2020
Sermon Title: Choose This Day
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for November 8, 2020

Sunday Service, November 1, 2020
Sermon Title: Their Fringes Long
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for November 1, 2020

Link to Robert Frost’s poem, “In a Disused Graveyard”

Sunday Service, October 25, 2020
Sermon Title: The View From Here
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for October 25, 2020

Sunday Service, October 18, 2020
Sermon Title: Face To Face
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for October 18, 2020

Sunday Service, October 11, 2020
Sermon Title: Dead Reckoning
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for October 11, 2020

Sunday Service, October 4, 2020
Sermon Title: Then God Spoke
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material

Sunday Service, September 27, 2020
Sermon Title: Get Yourselves A New Heart
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material

Sunday Service, September 20, 2020
Sermon Title: Belly of the Beast
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for September 20, 2020

Sunday Service, September 13, 2020
Sermon Title: Each Of Us
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for September 13, 2020

Sunday Service, September 6, 2020
Sermon Title: Follow These Instructions Carefully
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for September 6, 2020

Sunday Service, August 30, 2020
Sermon Title: Who Am I
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for August 30, 2020

Sunday Service, August 23, 2020
Sermon Title: The Quarry
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for August 23

Sunday Service, August 16, 2020
Sermon Title: Lord, Help Me
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for August 16

A YouTube link to Mozart’s Kyrie referenced in the sermon

Sunday Service, August 9, 2020
Sermon Title: Troubled Waters
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for August 9

Sunday Service, August 2, 2020
Sermon Title: Where We Ought To Be
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for August 2

Sunday Service, July 26, 2020
Sermon Title: Look! Up In the Sky…lt’s….
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for July 26

Sunday Service, July 19, 2020
Sermon Title: A Good Night’s Sleep
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for July 19

Sunday Service, July 12, 2020
Sermon Title: No Roots
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for July 12

Sunday Service, July 5, 2020
Sermon Title: An Inner War
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for July 5

Sunday Service, June 28, 2020
Sermon Title: Where’s the Lamb?
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for June 28

Sunday Service, June 21, 2020
Sermon Title: The In Crowd
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for June 21

Sunday Service, June 14, 2020
Sermon Title: Guests from a Different Land
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for June 14

Andrei Rublev, Troitsa

Sunday Service, June 7, 2020
Sermon Title: The Sixth Day
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for June 7

Sunday Service, May 31, 2020
Sermon Title: Down to Camp
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for May 31

Sunday Service, May 24, 2020
Sermon Title: Mystic Chords of Memory
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for May 24

Sunday Service, May 17, 2020
Sermon Title: “Agnostos Theos”
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for May 17

Sunday Service, May 10, 2020
Sermon Title: Duck Tales
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of service and related material for May 10

Sunday Service, May 3, 2020
Sermon Title: With Glad and Generous Hearts
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for May 3

Sunday Service, April 26, 2020
Sermon Title: Waiting By The Gate
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for April 26,

Sunday Service, April 19, 2020
Sermon Title: The Challenge
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for April 19, 2020

Sunday Service, April 12, 2020
Easter Sunday

Sermon Title: There You Will See Him
Minster, Kenneth Clarke Organist, Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday

Easter Video Greetings Here!

Here are two short videos, one a general greeting to members and friends and the second a fun segment for children of all ages.

A Children’s Moment for those of any age:

Sunday Service, April 5, 2020
Sermon Title: Not At All What We Expected
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan

Order of Service and related material for April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday

Sunday Service, March 29, 2020
Sermon Title: Testing the Limits
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan
Sunday Service, March 22, 2020
Sermon Title: A Desolate Place
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan
Sunday Service, March 15, 2020
Sermon Title: Faith, Facts and Fear
or
Why Toilet Paper?
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan Violinist: Francois Secordel

Misc: October 30, 2021 Click here to attend