It's the fourth Sunday in Advent! We'll sing Christmas carols and hear the story of the birth of John the Baptist, the first cousin of Jesus, who prepared the way for his ministry. Watch the video for more information:
Matthew tells the story of Jesus's birth from Joseph's point of view. Imagine learning that your fiancée is pregnant, and you know you aren't the father! What would you do? First century Jewish men had the legal right to have their unfaithful wives or brides-to-be stoned to death--what is known as "honor killing" today. Matthew tells us that Joseph was a just man, however, so he planned to end the relationship discreetly. Apparently, justice has something to do with foregoing
My Monday morning devotional reading was from Mark 13. Scholars call this passage "the little apocalypse." In it, Jesus foretells one disaster after another--the destruction of Jerusalem's splendid temple, natural disasters, warfare, and the betrayal and persecution of his disciples. Tuesday's devotional reading was similar material from Luke's gospel. Luke's version includes a unique detail: "distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves." I am not
Bell choirs ringing at Living Windows on Friday! Christmas musical at 10:15 AM Sunday! The angel Gabriel brings good news at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM worship! FPC members bring gifts for the children of PCHAS! Join us this weekend.
When the angel Gabriel told the priest Zechariah that his infertile wife Elizabeth was going to bear a son, Zechariah asked, "How will I know that this is so?" For posing this question, Zechariah was struck mute until after Elizabeth delivered her baby. In my sermon last week on this story, I said, For doubting God’s word, Zechariah was robbed of his words for a time. God’s justice is always poetic. And yet, perhaps Zechariah wasn’t being punished. Perhaps this nine-month sen
First Presbyterian Church is engaging in a process of discerning what God is calling us to be and do in the next few years. In the video below, I give a short overview of how this process is going to unfold. We ask you to participate and pray for clarity of God's will.