Hello First Presbyterian Church, After the confession of sin, assurance of pardon and passing of the peace every Sunday we sing what is called the Gloria Patri, which simply means “Glory to the Father” in Latin. It is called that because that is the first line...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, In our vision statement we have specified that over the next five years we will cultivate an awareness of God’s presence in our lives through a renewed engagement in the spiritual discipline of prayer. I have been thinking about this recently and...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, I recently was invited to preach at one of Sager Classical Academy’s first chapel services in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church. Christine Norvell, the Dean of the Upper School, asked me to weave some of the historical background of the church...

Hello First Presbyterian Church,On Sunday, August 14, we will be holding a congregational meeting to discuss a variety of topics. I do hope that you will plan to stay. Childcare will be provided in the nursery, for the littlest ones, and in the gym, for...

Hello First Presbyterian Church, From June 21-24, the 42nd meeting of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) met at Ward Church located outside of Detroit, MI. The General Assembly is our national denominational meeting held every year. Churches across the country send elders...

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...