Worship Here and Now

The current global health crisis means that we cannot gather for public worship. 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.

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”). One thing you might do is to share these media with others who might be interested. Easiest way to do this is to send a link—if this mystifies you, be in touch with the church office to take care of the details.

Current Services:

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


Our Service for the Week of September 27, 2020:

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

Above is a link to supporting material for the September 27, 2020 worship service. A suggested way to view this material is to download and print the file as a traditional order of service or to open the file in a separate tab or window on the computer as you listen. The link should open as a new window on your computer.


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

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
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Why Toilet Paper?
Minister, Kenneth Clarke Organist: Gene Marie Callahan Violinist: Francois Secordel