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  • Sunday Worship 4-5-20 By Pastor Tim

    Pulpit Preparation   Preparing our hearts, minds, and souls to hear and reflect upon the Word of God.   Prayer of focus   Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards h…

  • Worship 3-29-20 By Pastor Tim

    Pulpit Preparation   Preparing our hearts, minds, and souls to hear and reflect upon the Word of God.   Prayer of focus   Gracious Lord God, You alone are God, there is no other. You re…

  • “Prayerful Dependence” by Pastor Joel

    As this week’s news is unfolding re the Coronavirus, I find myself reflecting on how I respond as a follower of Jesus, and how we respond as the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.  Three things c…

  • Why Do I Do What I Do

    You may have noticed that on any given Sunday, I have a ritual before I preach. I begin by asking the congregation to join me in prayer.  The prayer I use is based on Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my…

  • THE PASSING OF THE PEACE: Symbolic or Sacred?

    As Presbyterians, our liturgical tradition falls somewhere in between the high liturgical structure of Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, and the low liturgical structure of Baptist and non-deno…

  • Treasure in the City by Dawn Finch

    “ The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from da…

  • FPCH, Past and Future by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick

    My husband and I began attending FPCH in 2014, shortly after we moved to LA from Scotland. In May of last year I became an elder. In this post, I’d like to reflect on why we became members, some thing…

  • Injustice by Brianna Grothe

      I’m not sure about you, but this past month was a rough one. It was filled with moments of grief, curiosity, joy and also a fair amount of anger. Anger at the amount of injustice in this world….

  • Walking the Border by Amanda Yew

    Last November, I got to participate in an art project by artist Joel Tauber called Border Ball. Every day for 40 days he walked from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry at the US-Mexico border to the nearest…

  • THE PRELUDE AND POSTLUDE: Meaningful Addition or Meaningless Tradition? by Dr. Kimo Smith

    Have you ever wondered what meaningful function, if any, the prelude and postlude have in a worship service? Having played fifty-plus years of preludes to the accompaniment of pre-service chatter, and…

  • “What is God’s Invitation to You?” by Linda Roberts

    As I peered up nervously at the extremely steep half mile of climbing that lay before me, I said to my daughter, “I don’t know if I want to go on.” Our family had gone to Zion National Park for Thanks…

  • All Things New by Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

    Well, we made it to the new year! If you’re like me, you’ll write 2019 a few times before 2020 feels normal. And then, before you know it, it will be 2021.   In the last week we’ve heard lots abo…



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