Seattle First Baptist Church

We are a Welcoming and Affirming American Baptist church.

Seattle First Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church and part of the Evergreen Association. We are a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation and have a rich history of living into our progressive Christian values. While rooted in this tradition we also strive to walk God's path in this 21st century society.

The Greatest Love

Diverse Harmony shared this song, "The Greatest Love," with us on Sunday.

Here more from Sunday on our website:

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The Greatest Love ~ Linda Creed, Michael Masser, arr. Jay Althouse Diverse Harmony J. Brayton Bollenbacher, director

Communion Reflection: "Voices"

Pastor Tim Phillips offered a Communion Reflection on Sunday when the singers of Diverse Harmony were our special guests during worship: "Voices."

So this time with us here isn’t just about Diverse Harmony performing for us. It’s an answer to prayer. These are voices that are leading us to the hope of a new kind of world where people are accepted and empowered and loved.

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Rev. Tim Phillips, preaching May 7, 2017

I Dreamed a Dream

Spectrum, the a cappella group affiliated with Diverse Harmony, sang this moving song as an introduction to our Communion Reflection on Sunday.

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~ Claude-Michel Schoberg, Alain Boublil, Jena-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer, arr. Kirby Shaw Spectrum J. Brayton Bollenbacher, director

From Pastor Harriet Platts:

Quote of the day from Imogene, member of Seattle First Baptist, and Interfaith Climate Action group (far right in creme coat) in the lobby of a Chase Bank, to an arresting Seattle Police officer:

"Banks don't always operate with wisdom. That's why we're here to help them."

May prayerful resistance continue!

Acts of Resistance - The Debrief

New in our Blog:
Acts of Resistance - The Debrief

Susan Blythe-Goodman reflects on some of her recent activities:
May Day, the March for Science, Black Lives Matter, People’s Climate Summit, the Women’s March, Tax Day. The past month has provided a lot of opportunities to take to the streets. Our political climate gives us a lot of reason to take to the streets.
​This took me back to the night at the airport after the Muslim ban on January 28. Seeing so many comments and likes from church members gave me a lot of strength during a long, tiring night. At one moment where we were sitting in a hallway, pressed right up against a line of bikes that the cops were clutching...

#SeattleFirstBaptist #SocialJustice By Susan Blythe-Goodman Editor's Note: this blog was written on April 30, 2017 - the night before May Day. May Day, the March for Science, Black Lives Matter, People’s Climate Summit, the Women’s...

What Is Sin

What is Sin?

Here is Rev. David Bloom's sermon from Sunday.

Sodom and Gomorrah, which are mentioned in the reading, were symbols of cities that were guilty of radical inhospitality. Not to offer refuge and hospitality to the traveler and the stranger was a major sin in that Middle Eastern culture. And the prophet Ezekiel said, “This was the guilt of your sister Sodom. She and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and the needy.

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What Is Sin? Rev. David Bloom Guest Preacher

Save these dates!

A Romney Weekend of Rumi, Gooch and Raushenbush
Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 11 a.m.

On Friday, author Brad Gooch will speak about his recently-published book: Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love, in a program co-sponsored with Elliot Bay Books on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Following the presentation, Imam Jamal Rahman will offer a response.

Brad is the husband of Paul Raushenbush, who will preach during our worship service on Sunday. Please plan to join us for this fascinating and inspiring weekend. No tickets are required for Friday night but books will be available for sale.

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Join us this Sunday to hear from David Bloom.

David Bloom is an American Baptist minister with more than forty years of ecumenical leadership on social justice issues in Seattle. From 1978 to 1997 Bloom directed the urban ministry of the Church Council of Greater Seattle where he developed an active program of public witness, civic education, social justice organizing, and human rights advocacy. He is a founder of several local organizations in Seattle that provide shelter, build housing, and organize for social change. Since leaving the Church Council he has been engaged in a variety of organizing and advocacy activities, and in 2009 he ran for Seattle City Council.

Previous to his ecumenical work, Bloom served as associate minister at Noank Baptist Church in Noank, CT; Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC; and University Baptist Church in Seattle.

Recently Bloom has served as board president for Real Change, Seattle’s award-winning street paper; done social justice organizing for the Church Council; and was a consultant/trainer for the Faith and Family Homelessness Project at Seattle University. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University-Seattle since 2004 and is director emeritus of both the Rauschenbusch Center for Spirit and Action and the Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness.

Bloom is a graduate of Macalester College (B.A.), American Baptist Seminary of the West (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.). In 1987 he received the national ecumenical award from the American Baptist Churches USA, and in 2010 he received the Distinguished Citizen Alumni Award and in 2015 the Alumni Service award, both from Macalester.

A member of Seattle First Baptist Church, David will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, April 30, with a message titled “What is sin?” from Isaiah 1.10-20.


Meditation on Hope

Sara Tollefson shared this profound "Meditation on Hope" with us on Earth Sunday.

For many of us, having to let go of our illusions around the stability of the world as we knew it, or the inevitability of human progress is terrifying. It leaves us feeling vulnerable and stricken with grief - forsaken, even.

But if we can keep that pain from taking over, then a space is created, a space where, as psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl would say, lies our power and our freedom.

Our power and our freedom, but also, hope. For it’s in that same uncertainty that gives rise to fear where we find hope. But this hope is NOT an assurance. It’s an opportunity. It’s the chance to act and make a difference, no matter how big or small.

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Sara Tollefson, pulpit guest





1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA

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Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 9:30am - 12pm
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