August-October 2017 MESSENGER newsletter

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  The Messenger               Thoughts & Inspiration   Families are like branches on a tree— we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * Bible School is finished, Music Sunday has come and gone, and August is right around the corner!  Enjoy… Read more »

Being One in Christ

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FPC Sermon May 28, 2017                                John 17: 1-11   In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus has just told his disciples that he will be going back to his Father and that they are going to be persecuted in his name. He has also told them, however, that the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, who will be… Read more »

God’s Wisdom

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FPC Sermon May 21, 2017                              Ephesians 1: 15-23 Ephesus, a coastal city near present-day Izmir, Turkey, founded around the 10th century BC.  It reached the height of its power under the Roman Empire but not without considerable trauma.  Ephesus came under the rule of Mithridates, the king of Pontus in 88 BC.   Ephesians welcomed him… Read more »

The Messenger May 2017-July 2017

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  Thoughts & Inspiration  Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.  (Unknown) * *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * Spring and the warm summer season is… Read more »

Hopes and Expectations Matthew 21: 1-11

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FPC Sermon April 9, 2017 Imagine the excitement of that day long ago!   Jesus is approaching Jerusalem.  It’s the time of the most special celebration of the year:  Passover.   Passover – that day when God sent the plague over Egypt but saved the faithful from destruction.  It’s the foundation narrative of the Hebrew people –… Read more »

Law vs. Faith?

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FPC Sermon March 12, 2017 Lots of people think of Lent as a time for giving things up. For some, it means eating different food.  For others, it means setting aside the luxuries of life, that is, if they have those luxuries to begin with.  I’ve received messages from friends, mostly fellow pastors, who say… Read more »

A Dusty World – Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday Sermon March 1, 2017     A Dusty World   “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the words we hear today as we receive the imposition of ashes. I faced a lot of dust during my recent trip to Tanzania. While working at the school, we set out… Read more »

Stressed Out?

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FPC Sermon February 26, 2017         Matthew 6: 24-34 Decisions, decisions. What shall we eat?  What shall we drink?   What shall we wear? These ancient questions posed by Jesus, by the way questions about which he thought we shouldn’t worry, sound so contemporary, don’t they? These days here in the U.S., those are the kinds of… Read more »

Staying Strong in Christ

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FPC Sermon January 22, 2017      John 1: 29-42 As we consider today’s scriptures, we have to face the facts. These scriptures are not just ancient ramblings by various God-inspired individuals.  They are records of the yearnings of humanity seeking a savior. Today, we know, many people are still looking for a savior, someone with simple answers,… Read more »

Remembering our Baptism

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FPC Sermon January 15, 2017   for the Baptism of the Lord Today, we’ve installed new elders and deacons. We’ve given them a charge and we’ve elicited promises from them.  We’ve also promised to support them, as they seek to live out their baptisms in service to our congregation. Since we celebrated Epiphany and not the… Read more »