150th Anniversary of Fourth Presbyterian Church

On February 12, 1871, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was born...

On Sunday, February 13, 2022, we concluded our sesquicentennial celebration with a festive service of worship with John Buchanan, Pastor Emeritus, preaching.

If you missed the service or would like to enjoy it again, you can find it on our YouTube channel: www.bit.ly/fpcvideos.


“Back and Fourth: 150 Seconds of History”
Catastrophe and Controversy: The Early Years
Growing City, Growing Ambitions
The Pine Street Gamble
The Young People’s Church
Politics, Money, and Religion
A True Christian Friend
Things Left Undone
A Tale of Two Cities
A Church for All Seasons
A Light in the City
A Defiant Hope
Always Reforming

Letters from Chicago’s Faith Leaders

Video Messages from Friends

Memories from Clergy

Michigan Avenue Forum

Beginning Our Celebration with Worship

Celebrative Worship: February 14, 2021

150th Anniversary Worship at Fourth Presbyterian Church

The congregation of the Fourth Presbyterian Church was officially dedicated in worship on the morning of February 12, 1871. So what better way to celebrate the founding of our congregation than to do so in the context of worship on the second Sunday of February!

On Sunday, February 14, our morning worship service kicked off our celebration of our 150th anniversary. Photographs from Fourth Church history were shown during the prelude, and Pastor Emeritus John Buchanan joined us as a worship leader.

An octet from the Morning Choir also premiered a choral anthem commissioned by Fourth Church for this anniversary occasion. This anthem, “A New Heaven and a New Earth,” is the work of renowned Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen and is based on text from Revelation 21:1–5.

If you missed this anniversary worship service or would like to enjoy it again, you can view it online at www.bit.ly/FPCworship; the worship bulletin is available here.

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