Hello First Presbyterian Church, We say the Lord’s Prayer together every Sunday and hopefully you are saying it daily on your own during the week. It is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray when they asked for help in that department. It is,...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, There is a good chance that you’ve seen the painting pictured above. It is a “Pollock.” The painter’s name was Jackson Pollock and this particular painting, created during Pollock’s “drip period,” is entitled Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). If you have seen it...

Hello First Presbyterian Church,My Reverend Reflection for this month is less reflection and more reminder, or announcement. You may consider this, then, my Reverend Reminder for the month of April. The first reminder is a reminder only because I announced it already this past Sunday. For...

Hello First Presbyterian Church,What is it that forces us to pray? I ask about what “forces us” to pray, because without some pressure we would hardly ever pray. We are far too busy and our feelings of independence and self-sufficiency are much too strong to...

One of the great benefits of reading through the entirety of the Psalter is that the many and varied Psalms contained therein simultaneously affirm your feelings while instructing you how to feel. They meet you where you are and they help you make progress. One...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, This evening we will resume our service of prayer and sacrament called the Evening Office. It takes place at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary and I hope to see you there! As a church we want to cultivate a renewed engagement in...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, During this season of Advent we are preparing ourselves to celebrate the birth of Christ (his first advent) while simultaneously anticipating his return to judge the world in equity and righteousness (his second advent).  In our celebration of Jesus’ birth, we often overlook...

Hello First Presbyterian Church,Chances are probably pretty high that you have heard David described as “a man after God’s own heart.” It is a designation that comes from 1 Samuel 13:14 where Samuel informs the then-king Saul, “Your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has...

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, In recent weeks I have been meditating upon the passage that mentions the commonly prayed for “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” It is found in Philippians 4:5-7, which reads; “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but...